Eco-store gives gar­den­ers a green op­tion

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

Angelique Lam­ber­mon has al­ways had green fin­gers.

The land­scape ar­chi­tect got into gar­den­ing with her grand­par­ents as a young girl in Christchurch.

She went on to study hor­ti­cul­ture and has worked in the land­scape world for 15 years.

She is of­fer­ing a new plant re­cy­cling ser­vice in Mer­ton Rd, St Johns, called Plant Zero.

Miss Lam­ber­mon says a lot of waste can be avoided by re­cy­cling plants for re­sale.

The store re­ceives plants from land­scap­ing trades­peo­ple and res­i­dents who are re­vamp­ing their gar­dens.

‘‘I just don’t like to see any­thing die. If the plants still have good root sys­tems they can be saved.’’

She says her ex­pe­ri­ence in land­scape de­sign helped her to see the hole in the mar­ket.

‘‘That’s how it all sparked off. There’s no com­par­i­son for ac­tu­ally be­ing out there and know­ing what’s needed. You just can’t learn that in a text­book.’’

Chain gar­den stores are partly to blame for the per­cep­tion that plants need to be per­fect, she says. She hopes to change this im­age by re­cy­cling fun and quirky plants.

‘‘Plants are just like us, they get im­per­fec­tions as well,’’ Miss Lam­ber­mon says. ‘‘That’s what I love about them.’’ The store opened on April 20 and so far busi­ness is boom­ing, she says.

Miss Lam­ber­mon says her ap­proach is all about sus­tain­abil­ity.

She uses or­ganic fer­tilis­ers on the plants. Soon, she will also have chick­ens for sale for gar­den­ers who want liv­ing weed-eaters and fresh fer­tiliser.

‘‘I’m re­ally fo­cus­ing on that side of the coin, I sup­pose. If we just start one step at a time, and ev­ery­body does their lit­tle bit, it will make a dif­fer­ence.’’

She is also set­ting up a trust to dis­trib­ute plants to projects and peo­ple who can­not af­ford them.

Auck­lan­ders can bring in un­wanted plants and pots in­stead of pay­ing to dis­pose of them.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Zero waste: Land­scape ar­chi­tect Angelique Lam­ber­mon is com­bin­ing her pas­sion for plants and re­cy­cling in a new eco-store.

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