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a lush green field filled with lots of trees and bushes under a cloudy blue sky
An Otago winemaking legend’s latest project takes him back to his roots
The man often referred to as the godfather of Central Otago wine for having the chutzpah to plant grapes in barren Gibbston Valley land when many frowned upon such horticultural foolery, is still chasing the perfect pinot well into his 80s. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Rachael McKenna
a round hole in the side of a rusted metal structure surrounded by plants and trees
A gardening legend’s third horticulture venture is a triumph
Pushing close to four score and 10 isn’t deterring this horticultural legend from developing a third significant garden. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Tessa Chrisp Gordon Collier thinks being described as “perverse” is a compliment. It has been his life’s work to avoid the well-trodden path unless it should lead to a glade of naturalistic planting. Then, maybe, he’d take a wander along it.
a large tree sitting next to a lake in the middle of a lush green field
An Otago winemaking legend’s latest project takes him back to his roots
The man often referred to as the godfather of Central Otago wine for having the chutzpah to plant grapes in barren Gibbston Valley land when many frowned upon such horticultural foolery, is still chasing the perfect pinot well into his 80s. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Rachael McKenna
a woman is walking down a path in the middle of some trees and bushes with her hands on her hips
Turning a clay pan into the extraordinary Japanese-inspired native garden, Moritaki
A lush garden in suburban Blenheim has sprung from crowbarred holes in a clay pan planted with native shrubs and trees. It’s taken Andrea and Pete Forrest two decades to create Moritaki — one of the stars of November’s Garden Marlborough event. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Daniel Allen Andrea and Pete Forrest are unsure why they decided to go totally native when developing a half-hectare two-section property in a new subdivision on the outskirts of Blenheim near the foothills of Wither Hills
the sun shines through the trees and bushes in this lush green garden with lots of plants
Jonathan and Nicola Custance find work/ life balance in their resort-like home and office in Porirua
Photo:Tessa Chrisp The pledge to be his best at everything and to be driven by that rather than material gain was no idle commitment nor vain thought, evidenced by the work he and his business and life partner, wife Nicola Custance, have created in outstanding commercial and domestic spaces. In 2020, Jonathan received a Black Pin from the Designers Institute of New Zealand, awarded to someone who has made a lasting and valuable contribution to the design profession and its culture.
some people are sitting on the ground in the woods with their dogs and one is looking at something
Moa bones, caves and velvet worms: Explore the prehistoric treasures at this family’s Waitomo farm
A spirited Waitomo clan have filled their lives with art and adventure, exploring every nook and cranny of their region and sharing some of its best bits with visitors. Words: Jane Warwick Photos: Tessa Chrisp
an old man is working in the garden
This Naseby family’s late-season peonies are enjoyed all over the world
An export peony business in Naseby delivers floral cheer to the likes of Hollywood royalty and familial riches to its multi-generational ranks. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Rachael McKenna When Maddie Hazlett scrutinizes Instagram photos of Hollywood A-lister weddings, she’s only doing so for horticultural reasons.
a stream running through a lush green forest
Turning a clay pan into the extraordinary Japanese-inspired native garden, Moritaki
A lush garden in suburban Blenheim has sprung from crowbarred holes in a clay pan planted with native shrubs and trees. It’s taken Andrea and Pete Forrest two decades to create Moritaki — one of the stars of November’s Garden Marlborough event. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Daniel Allen Andrea and Pete Forrest are unsure why they decided to go totally native when developing a half-hectare two-section property in a new subdivision on the outskirts of Blenheim near the foothills of Wither Hills
two children are sitting on rocks in the grass near a palm tree and rock formations
Moa bones, caves and velvet worms: Explore the prehistoric treasures at this family’s Waitomo farm
A spirited Waitomo clan have filled their lives with art and adventure, exploring every nook and cranny of their region and sharing some of its best bits with visitors. Words: Jane Warwick Photos: Tessa Chrisp
a bench sitting in the middle of a forest filled with lots of trees and plants
Turning a clay pan into the extraordinary Japanese-inspired native garden, Moritaki
A lush garden in suburban Blenheim has sprung from crowbarred holes in a clay pan planted with native shrubs and trees. It’s taken Andrea and Pete Forrest two decades to create Moritaki — one of the stars of November’s Garden Marlborough event. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Daniel Allen Andrea and Pete Forrest are unsure why they decided to go totally native when developing a half-hectare two-section property in a new subdivision on the outskirts of Blenheim near the foothills of Wither Hills
a wooden bridge over a small pond surrounded by lush green grass and colorful trees in the background
The man behind this magical Upper Moutere garden tells aspiring gardeners to be fearless
After 40-plus years of developing a large property, Michael Edwardes is beginning to recognize that he is more than okay at this gardening business. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Daniel Allen “Why don’t more people garden?” wonders Michael Edwardes. “It just seems natural to me.” He pauses along the leafy paths of his four-hectare woodland and wetland garden north of Nelson near Upper Moutere, and one has to agree. Why wouldn’t everyone aspire to have such a glorious place to call home?
two people in kayaks paddling down a river with trees on either side and another person standing at the end of the canoe
Transforming an apple orchard into an art-filled arboretum in Clevedon
Words: Lynda Hallinan Photos: Sally Tagg When you grow up in an apple orchard, perhaps it’s inevitable that you won’t fall far from the tree. For Clevedon artist Katie Blundell, returning to her roots has meant making a home — and a studio, teaching workshop and gallery — in the same 1970s barn where, as a child, she helped her grandparents bag fruit.
an outhouse in the middle of a swampy area next to a fence and trees
Transforming an apple orchard into an art-filled arboretum in Clevedon
Words: Lynda Hallinan Photos: Sally Tagg When you grow up in an apple orchard, perhaps it’s inevitable that you won’t fall far from the tree. For Clevedon artist Katie Blundell, returning to her roots has meant making a home — and a studio, teaching workshop and gallery — in the same 1970s barn where, as a child, she helped her grandparents bag fruit.
the sun shines brightly through the trees and flowers on the water's edge
The man behind this magical Upper Moutere garden tells aspiring gardeners to be fearless
After 40-plus years of developing a large property, Michael Edwardes is beginning to recognize that he is more than okay at this gardening business. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Daniel Allen “Why don’t more people garden?” wonders Michael Edwardes. “It just seems natural to me.” He pauses along the leafy paths of his four-hectare woodland and wetland garden north of Nelson near Upper Moutere, and one has to agree. Why wouldn’t everyone aspire to have such a glorious place to call home?
a park bench surrounded by trees and bushes
Turning a clay pan into the extraordinary Japanese-inspired native garden, Moritaki
A lush garden in suburban Blenheim has sprung from crowbarred holes in a clay pan planted with native shrubs and trees. It’s taken Andrea and Pete Forrest two decades to create Moritaki — one of the stars of November’s Garden Marlborough event. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Daniel Allen Andrea and Pete Forrest are unsure why they decided to go totally native when developing a half-hectare two-section property in a new subdivision on the outskirts of Blenheim near the foothills of Wither Hills