Barbara Garrett

Barbara Garrett


Barbara Garrett Planting Design Ltd


09 630 7120


021 441 411


Garden: Maungakiekie Ave, One Tree Hill

Softscape: Barbara Garrett

This garden lies on the edge of Cornwall Park and was designed and built in conjunction with the renovation of the house in 2010. The client had clear ideas about the styling of the house and garden and so was involved in many of the design choices. She loved the formality of hedging and structured plants and was keen to see the park being an extension of the garden. Craig Steiner was engaged to redevelop the landscape plans and realise the potential of the park-side setting. Barbara Garrett designed the planting to fulfil these briefs.

The garden has hedged privacy from the street and neighbours, but dramatic view shafts to the park and One Tree Hill from both the house and garden. It features a dining terrace with outdoor fireplace, an enclosed pool area and an allée of large Portuguese laurels that draw the eye to the gate into the park. An informal grouping of large trees set in lawn mimics the park beyond, while a garden shed and lemon tree planters are cleverly tucked in. An internal courtyard with its own Boston ivy-covered fireplace is an additional feature to be viewed.


Barbara Garrett specialises in designing planting schemes for gardens. She originally attended Unitec to study Landscape Design in the early 1990s, then started installing and renovating gardens in central Auckland. During Barbara’s 20-year career she has seen garden styles and plant preferences move from cottage to formal, subtropical to contemporary. This experience has been invaluable in helping her design planting schemes that suit the site, style of the house and hardscape. Barbara creates enduring planting designs that have year-round interest and are based on good structure and thoughtful plant selection.

These days Barbara has a small company that is involved in projects ranging from urban residential sites to coastal ones. Importance is placed on sourcing quality plants and having a capable team of gardeners to install and maintain them. Her company often works with Strass Landscape Developers and other hardscape designers.

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