Cre­at­ing a haven

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Tr­ish Bartleet is a gar­den guru.

The de­signer takes the over­grown, the un­der­planted, the un­invit­ing and the awk­wardly de­signed and turns them into an out­door oa­sis.

‘‘Ev­ery­one de­serves a nice gar­den,’’ she says.

‘‘You don’t ac­tu­ally have to have a big gar­den to have an amaz­ing gar­den. I get just as ex­cited by the small as I do about the big.’’

The Pt Che­va­lier res­i­dent has been do­ing her green-fin­gered magic for 28 years and on Novem­ber 16 and 17 three of her de­signs will be on show at the Auck­land Gar­den De­signFest.

She’s worked on sprawl­ing coun­try gar­dens and even an is­land but it’s not just the ex­trav­a­gant that gets her go­ing.

Many of her clients live in the sub­urbs and are only af­ter some ad­vice on plant­ing. One of the most com­mon mis­takes peo­ple make in their gar­dens is mak­ing spa­ces too small, she says.

‘‘So of­ten you go to peo­ple’s houses and you think ‘this deck is too small, this court­yard is too small, this path is too nar­row’.

‘‘The most im­por­tant thing is get­ting a feel for the gar­den, get­ting the spa­ces right and mak­ing sure the ar­eas are in pro­por­tion and re­late to the house.’’

Another of her top tips is to use a lot of the same thing in your de­sign.

‘‘Buy groups of plants and love the plants you buy.

‘‘Through­out the gar­den I try and use things that will look good most of the year but also that when it does berry or leaf you love it.’’

Veg­etable gar­dens and trees are in vogue.

‘‘There’s an ab­so­lute trend to­wards them with my clients right across the board.’’

fruit Tick­ets for the fes­ti­val are on sale through iTICKET and are avail­able at Palmers Gar­den­world and Palmers Planet Stores through­out Auck­land. They can also be brought at the gar­dens on tour days.

All Gar­den En­try tick­ets are $50 if pre-pur­chased or $60 at the gar­den gate on ei­ther day.

The Auck­land Gar­den De­signFest is or­gan­ised by the Gar­den De­sign So­ci­ety of New Zealand and Ro­tary Club of New­mar­ket.

The bian­nual event is be­ing held for the sec­ond time and is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to visit some of the city’s most beau­ti­fully de­signed gar­dens.

Money raised from the event will go to the Ron­ald McDon­ald House, Kid­sCan and Gar­den to Ta­ble char­i­ties.

Two of Mrs Bartleet’s fea­tur­ing works are neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties in Free­mans Bay.

Mrs Bartleet and the own­ers are friends so the gar­dens are linked.

‘‘Th­ese gar­dens are much more fun and friv­o­lous.

‘‘They’re in­ner city gar­dens so it’s about max­imis­ing ev­ery mil­lime­tre of space.

‘‘Both of th­ese gar­dens are in­tense. It’s about cre­at­ing lit­tle havens in small sites.’’ Sin­gle gar­den tick­ets are $5. There are also daily bus tours which will visit a range of gar­dens.

The tours will be­gin and fin­ish at High­wic in New­mar­ket.

Num­bers are lim­ited for th­ese tours.

Visit or gar­den­de­sign­ for tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion.

Draw­card: Land­scape de­signer Tr­ish Bartleet’s work will be on show at the Auck­land Gar­den De­signFest

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