Behind the Garden Wall
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Emmett St Herne Bay
In response to the brief from Andrea Bell of Pete Bossley Architects and the clients, designer Marg Thompson approached this project with restraint and simplicity. The impressive sixties-style new home with its imposing vertical cedar screen called for subtle bold planting and now floats above a sea of undulating Coprosma ‘Poor Knights’, interrupted with slashes of colour from strategically placed Strelitzia parvifolia. The adjoining boundary wall repeats the cedar screen with a grid of wires planted with Pyrostegia venusta. Tropical pool planting includes frangipani, Philodendron ‘Xanadu’ and Dypsis baronii. From the honed concrete patio a field of Lomandra nyalla enhances the outdoor living area and relegates the lawn mower to Trade Me.
Marg Thompson, of Behind the Garden Wall, has been designing, implementing and maintaining gardens after two years at UNITEC in the late 1980s. Gardening was always a passion so when she heard about the landscape design course it was a natural progression. From small beginnings she now has a great team who help plant and maintain gardens in the Auckland area. With over 20 years experience, she has made it her business to listen to the wishes of her clients and create individual gardens that delight and inspire.
Marg has travelled to other countries visiting inspirational gardens to enhance her creative ideas. In 2011 the Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival was an outstanding event with its theme of happy bio-diversity. She has also attended Landscape Design conferences in Auckland and Melbourne to be inspired and meet likeminded designers.
Marg says, “I am a creative person and I feel privileged to be able to work doing something that as well as giving me great pleasure, brings pleasure to so many other people”.Back to Designers index page