Creating a haven
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 iticket.co.nz or gardendesignfest.co.nz for tickets and more information.
Drawcard: Landscape designer Trish Bartleet’s work will be on show at the Auckland Garden DesignFest