Sim­ple de­sign has wow fac­tor

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

For­mer The Block NZ con­tes­tant, Mata­mata’s Richard Boobyer is turn­ing heads with his land­scape de­sign thanks to at­ten­tion to de­tail and sim­ple yet cre­ative ideas.

A gabion wa­ter fea­ture, bar leaner and ver­ti­cal herb gar­den made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als are just a few pieces of Mr Boobyer’s court­yard de­sign that saw him take home a gold medal for best in show at the Waikato Home & Gar­den Show last Thurs­day.

The 25- year- old was thrilled to gain top place in the 2013 New Zealand Land­scape De­sign Awards for his court­yard, which he said of­fered a prac­ti­cal, mod­ern twist for the busy cou­ple who don’t have a lot of time but want to en­joy their out­door space with friends.

Mr Boobyer, who has a diploma in land­scape de­sign and made his de­but in the com­pe­ti­tion last year, was still in the run­ning for the Peo­ple’s Choice Award.

‘‘ I’m feel­ing dent,’’ he said.

‘‘ I won it last year so I hope I can take it out again.’’

Mr Boobyer, whose de­sign fol­lowed the sus­tain­able theme for the com­pe­ti­tion, was com­mended for his out­stand­ing work­man­ship and at­ten­tion to de­tail, sub­tle use of colour, and key fea­tures which pulled the space to­gether.

‘‘ What I pride my­self on is get­ting it right,’’ he said. ‘‘ Keep­ing it fairly sim­ple, but hav­ing those ‘ wow’ pieces.’’

Among the com­pe­ti­tion were Win­tec stu­dents and a group of ar­borists that Mr Boobyer said

fairly

confi- were giv­ing land­scap­ing a go.

‘‘ Us young guys have great new ideas,’’ he said.

He be­lieved his time on The Block NZ had helped him bet­ter un­der­stand cost­ing and time man­age­ment, some­thing he said was es­pe­cially im­por­tant in the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause con­tes­tants only had 10 days to com­plete their de­sign.

‘‘ You al­ways learn things along the way,’’ he said.

‘‘ I’m re­ally happy to have come away with a gold medal in the New Zealand Land­scape De­sign Awards.

‘‘ It’s the re­sult of a big few months of plan­ning, build­ing and sourc­ing.’’

The New Zealand Land­scape De­sign Awards have been part of the Waikato Home & Gar­den Show for more than 20 years.

Photo: MARK TAY­LOR

On form: For­mer The Block NZ con­tes­tant and Mata­mata’s Richard Boobyer with his win­ning land­scape dis­play.

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