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23-24 NOVEMBER 2024


Mt Eden

2017 Garden 12 - Mt Eden


Design Brief

The site was unusually long and narrow, but the innovative house design, which sits naturally on an awkward site, created not only a delightful home, but also surprising opportunities for unusual garden-making. The rear garden includes a small artificial lawn and features two large lava rock outcrops, which contrast with the geometrical framework of traditional dry-stone walls. The front gardens comprise the approach to the house; first along the driveway bordered by bamboo and an avenue of jacaranda, then up a series of stepped decks, and under a pergola clad in Mandevilla and Thunbergia vines. The client was keen to make the most of Central Auckland's very warm, sheltered and humid climate, by using strongly sub-tropical planting character, which harmonised well with the timber architecture and contrasting building materials.

The creation of this garden is a collaborative effort between John Dowsett and Nick Robinson.

Installation and Construction

John Dowsett
The garden construction was designed and installed by the owner of the property, John Dowsett. John was also responsible for the design of the house.


Nick Robinson