Lake Wakatipu Garden wins top landscape award

A distinctive Lake Wakatipu landscape that embraces native plants and supports local wildlife has won top honors in the New Zealand Landscapes of Distinction Awards.

The awards were presented in Auckland on Saturday night and the garden on a property in Mt Creighton won the top award.

The garden was created by Green Therapy, a Christchurch-based design and landscaping company.

The sustainable project features 98% native planting and is titled Bob’s Cove Retreat. It was praised by the jury as a harmonious site adjacent to Lake Wakatipu with a strong connection and contribution to the wider environment.

“It is situated on sloping terrain with many soil types, changing watercourses and is exposed to both animal and plant pest species. water management and customer training”, according to the jury.

“Many of the natives planted on the site are organically grown seed from the area, mulch was sourced from locally wind-felled trees and cut down exotic species were left on site to rot.

“During the development process, the client has become an eco-warrior with a strong desire to continue weeding on the adjacent Te Papa Atawhai (Department of Conservation) land. The owner has invested so much in the garden and its connection with the surrounding landscape that he now works to remove many exotic weeds from the surrounding doc land and river edges.

Bryce Coulter, owner of Green Therapy, said Bob’s Cove Retreat is a unique project due to the extreme climate conditions, so resilience and plant species selection are critical to success.

Arrowtown landscaping contractor Kate Campbell Gardens also won one of New Zealand’s prestigious Landscapes of Distinction Awards for their work on The Elms, Lake Hayes Residences.

The project won first prize in garden management/maintenance and a gold medal in the residential project garden management/maintenance for plots larger than 400 m².

The gardens of The Elms, designed by Suzanne Turley, are set on a steep north-facing slope with uninterrupted views of Lake Hayes and the mountains beyond. The gardens are formed around three apartments. The gardens sympathetically complement a historic Ulmus glabra – a horizontal elm in the formal common entrance with layers of evergreen hedges planted with shrubs and additional trees.

More than 130 projects from across the country were submitted to the Landscapes of Distinction Awards. The winning projects represent the pinnacle of landscape design and landscaping in the country.

Registrations increased by 50% compared to the previous year.

Other Otago companies that received awards were: Design + Garden Landscapes, Diva Landscapes, Green Therapy, Kate Campbell Gardens, Lakes Landscapes, Natural Habitats and Neville Stewart Landscaping.

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