Matt McIsaac & Mat Ransom

Matt McIsaac & Mat Ransom


Watch This Space Landscapes Ltd


Matt - 0274 656 401 Mat - 021 171 2222



Garden: Hurstmere Road, Takapuna

The brief was to create a garden on the edge of Lake Pupuke in Takapuna that provided access to the jetty and lake and looked appealing when viewed both from the clients’ house and decks and also when looking up from the jetty and lake. The garden, which was constructed in 2007, also needed to retain the land’s natural contours and features, meet council regulations, have a subtropical planting theme and evolve into a lush oasis.

Natural terraces from the original farmhouse were retained and feature rocks revealed. We also wanted to create a sense of journey when walking through the garden. This has been achieved by using different textures and colours of subtropical and native planting as well as a Macrocarpa board walk which snakes its way down the original terraces. The garden was carefully constructed in a way that overcame any issues of restricted site access. In 2009 it featured in the movie “Under the Mountain”. 

 Matt McIsaac and Mat Ransom met while studying Landscape Design at Auckland’s Unitec in 2005. They soon became great friends and shared a common dream to establish a successful landscaping business. In 2006, they were given the opportunity to exhibit their first display garden at the Ellerslie International Flower Show. As well as being the youngest Ellerslie designers, they came away with a bronze medal and the overall People’s Choice Award. With such prestigious awards attached to their names the “Matts” decided to launch their own design and construction company, Watch This Space Landscapes Ltd, which they have run successfully in Auckland for the past five years.

As well as winning numerous top awards from the Ellerslie Flower Show, North Shore Home and Garden Show and the Auckland Flower Show, they have worked throughout the North Island and have designed and constructed gardens in the United States, Canada and Australia. “Our primary objective is to create gardens that move beyond the traditional trappings of landscape design, yet provide a functional, inspiring space that our clients want to relax and enjoy themselves in.”

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