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Designers – Jill Rice and Jenny Collison
Installation – Craftsman Gardener Services
Tranquil Garden Rangitoto College East Coast Road Mairangi Bay
Rangitoto College wished to develop a large and underused courtyard area into a memorable place featuring water and greenery, for quiet reflection and conversation, in complete contrast to the typically robust school landscape.
The design references Rangitoto Island’s volcanic geology, and is also informed by what we perceive to be a real strength of the College: that within a structured school environment the individuality of the students is celebrated. Hence the water feature and planting are held within a strong geometric grid interrupted by large interestingly shaped boulders that form a river through the landscape connecting the different social spaces.
Jill Rice and Jenny Collison have been working together on the design of various school and children’s garden projects since Jenny joined Get Outside Ltd in 2005. Both qualified landscape architects and experienced garden designers, they particularly enjoy providing environments where children will want to get outside enjoying their world, being active and learning to care for their environment.
Jill has focussed on this area of landscape design since having children of her own and serving on Preschool committees and School Boards of Trustees. As well as designing children's gardens with Jill, Jenny has been head gardener at Rangitoto College for many years, and her understanding of teenage behaviour and how to establish and grow plants in a difficult environment has been invaluable to this project!
Mt Eden Kindergarten Milton Rd Mt Eden
The original play areas were crying out for a revamp when Jill Rice was engaged to redesign them for Mt Eden Kindergarten. But the spacious, north-facing, sloping site with lovely views into the surrounding landscape had potential to become a wonderful terrace garden for children to explore. The design provides a series of attractive enclosed spaces for different uses by the children, separated by low retaining timber walls and planting, and linked by winding pathways and steps. As the gardens have become established, other areas within the planting have also become inhabited by the children who make the most of every available space.
Jill’s experience of landscape design spans a period of 27 years. She is an accredited member of the Garden Design Society of NZ, a Graduate member of the NZILA and a part-time lecturer at Unitec.
Her company, Get Outside Ltd, has been in operation since 2004 and specialises in the design of attractive and stimulating spaces for children. Jill is passionate about providing attractive, natural and stimulating outdoor spaces in which children can enjoy learning, playing and just being!
Other children’s gardens Jill has designed have won Gold at the Ellerslie Flower Show, and a Most Outstanding Park award from the NZRA. Jill won a prestigious award for the design of the Mt Eden Kindergarten Play Spaces from the NZILA in 2008.Back to Designers index page