Lake Wakatipu Garden Wins Supreme Landscaping Award

A distinct landscape of Lake Wakatipu, which embraces native planting and supports local wildlife, has won the top prize at the New Zealand Landscapes of Distinction Awards.

The awards were presented in Auckland on Saturday evening and the garden of a Mt Creighton property won the top prize.

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

The sustainable project is 98% native planting and was titled “Bob’s Cove Retreat”. It was hailed by the jury as a harmonious space along Lake Wakatipu, with a strong connection and contribution to the wider environment.

“It is perched on a sloping site, with many soil types, moving waterways and is subject to both animal and plant pests. The project embodies strong environmental practices such as eco- supply, pest control, on-site resource reuse, water management and customer education,” the judges said.

“Many of the natives planted on the site are eco-sourced seeds from the region, the mulch comes from locally blown down trees and downed exotic species were left behind to rot.

“During the development process, the client became an eco-warrior, with a strong desire to continue cleaning up noxious weeds on the nearby Te Papa Atawhai (Department of Conservation) land. invested in the garden and its connection to the wider landscape around it that he is now committed to eradicating many exotic weeds from the surrounding Doc lands and riversides.”

Green Therapy owner Bryce Coulter said Bob’s Cove Retreat was a unique project due to the extreme weather conditions, so hardiness and plant species selection were key to success.

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

The project won first prize for garden management/maintenance and a gold medal in residential project garden management/maintenance for properties over 400 m².

The Elms Gardens, which were designed by Suzanne Turley, sit on a steep north-facing slope that offers stunning 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, to the rear planted with additional shrubs and trees.

More than 130 projects from across the country have been entered into the Landscapes of Distinction awards. The winning projects represent the top echelon of landscape design and construction in the country.

Registrations increased by 50% compared to last year.

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

Staff reporter

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