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4 March 2021

Change is underfoot

Nothing says summer quite like long, neat rows of bright green, freshly mown lawn. The sweet smell of grass fills the air, and nature’s perfume flows into our nostrils/surrounds us. The restful, green patches of grass surrounding our homes are much-loved features of our city and suburbs. But, in Auckland, it’s hard to keep our lawns looking good. Discover More


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9 October 2019

Making a Beeline


Parks and gardens have always been popular places to spend down time – playing, walking, running, gardening, or simply sitting and enjoying the peace. But if we want them to continue to prod…

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4 April 2019

Not Just A Garden


More than just a lawn and a few raised beds, today’s gardens need to offer an integrated design that caters for a multitude of functions, all wrapped up in a great-looking, low-maintenance p…

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5 April 2018

In Balance with Nature


Director of Second Nature Landscapes, Chris Ballantyne is a man driven by passion to create liveable and meaningful gardens. He and his team adopt an holistic approach.

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27 April 2017

Outdoor Fireplaces


We talk to Gordon Subritzky, technical manager of The Fireplace, about the practicalities and aesthetics of installing a fireplace into an outdoor living area.

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25 January 2017

Kelmarna Community


Not just a teaching resource, shared gardens are a way to bring whole communities together, says passionate environmentalist Adrian Roche.

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3 August 2016

Urban Deforestation


Auckland has licence to grow both inside the city limits and further out on the boundaries. So is it up or out? Either way, city environmentalists and ecologists are feeling uncomfortable.

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20 April 2016

Eco Graffiti


We catch up with Rob Champion of Natural Habitats’ technology division to understand more about the design and installation of green walls – especially in the home environment.

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