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November, 2019

The designers of Sir Michael and Christine Lady Hills garden, near
Arrowtown, have been honoured in this months 2019 New Zealand
Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards.
In awarding the residential single dwelling category to Suzanne Turley
Landscapes, the judges say Garden at The Hills is a significant
benchmark in contemporary NZ residential garden design.
Suzanne Turley and her colleague Ermanno Cattaneo were asked to
design a garden that saluted the magnificence of the Southern Alps but
also didnt bow to the industrial strength of the Hills extensively-
renovated home.
Judges like the way a series of curated garden and entertainment
spaces have been sited around the house, culminating in a mix of
intimate areas and others that open up and engage with the
surrounding landscape.
Its said to be a Kiwi take on Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolfs new
perennial movement.
The designers also worked closely with the architect, Arrowtowner
Anna-Marie Chin.
In a statement, Sir Michael says its an exciting garden as the mood is
always changing.
At one moment it might be all white flowers and green, then suddenly
the blue irises come out and everything else is dormant.
When summer arrives, the colours change to yellow and golds.
Then there are combinations of rich rust tones as we creep towards
In the wind, waves of colour are permanently moving, shimmering,
falling over the stone walls like they are alive.
Sir Michael says that the transformation the designers have made from
an area that was a deer farm is extraordinary.
Now there is an abundance of birds  hundreds of them  and its so
special to have your breakfast with the tui in the harakeke.
The Hills garden is also one of 12 featured in Turleys new book, Private
Gardens of Aotearoa
Meanwhile, Queenstowns council won the strategic landscape
planning category for its Queenstown town centre masterplan, at the
same awards, in conjunction with LandLAB.
Judges like how it sets out a realistic framework for growth along with
the protection and enhancement of the areas intrinsic features and
The strategies and design guidelines also reflect extensive consultation
and collaboration.

Source: Mountain Scene


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