Margaret Phillips

Margaret Phillips


Margaret Phillips Garden Design


09 407 4687


027 246 6775



Garden: Pukenui Rd, Epsom

This courtyard garden needed to allow more scope for this generous family to entertain within a garden setting. The entry to the property needed a more welcoming and accessible approach. This has been resolved with a dramatic new gate opening onto a generous textured concrete path and steps to the front door offering direct entry into the garden. The gate is now made of corten steel and a new corten steel balustrade on the upper balcony gives a strong linking element.

Expanding the original patio and building a long Totara seat beside the barbeque has given these clients a versatile all-year entertaining and eating area. The existing plantings now have added colour, perfume and drama with a considered palette of natives, exotics and edibles. This family loves to garden and have a real interest in seasonal plantings, natives with the birds they encourage along with herbs, fruit and vegetables for use. The garden has expanded and given depth to this family courtyard.



Margaret has been practising predominantly as a self-employed garden designer for over 20 years. During that time she has taught at Unitec Institute of Technology in landscape design and drawing and has collaborated with other prominent New Zealand garden designers and architects.

With a keen eye, broad plant knowledge and a passion for design and architecture, Margaret brings a well-considered approach to each design. Her clients value her ability to listen, challenge and work within the constraints of the project and still bring beauty to her designs.


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