Robin Shafer

Robin Shafer


Shafer Design Ltd


09 421 1412


021 717 377



Garden 1: Mewburn Avenue, Balmoral

This eclectic garden designed around a beautiful concrete villa is a whimsical folly. It is the result of a collaboration between Robin Shafer and the owner who had a huge input into the design. Every inch of it is beautifully detailed in a unique, slightly European style, with strong New Zealand character coming through. Every corner offers a surprise. A swimming pool and spa are suspended above the garden which is encircled by native cabbage trees. Water cascades over the weir creating a grotto effect as a backdrop to the jewel-like lawn. Masonry arches re-created from the owner’s childhood memories of her grandfather’s garden create a romantic shelter for pool-side living, reinforcing the pervasive atmosphere of the East and ancient colonial influences. At the entrance, swirling koru-like patterns of mondo grass form an unusual parterre that hints at the excitement to be discovered within. 

Garden 2: Fisher Parade, Sunnyhills

Set on the shore of the Tamaki Estuary, this garden is a response to the Balinese style of the house. The distinctly tropical planting style using bromeliads, palms and cycads and the predominance of jewel-like water clearly portray the image of the Tropics. The relaxed poolside living spaces were developed for family gatherings while the pool shallows and relaxed grand steps into the fully tiled pool provide play spaces for grandchildren. The Fale provides a shaded retreat from the sun and the extensive planting of kentia palms and Ficus hillii gives privacy and screening from neighbours. As a result the garden feels like a tropical oasis. 

Shafer Design Ltd, headed up by Robin Shafer, produces high quality landscape architectural and design services for both residential and commercial properties all over New Zealand, but primarily in the wider Auckland area. Our design philosophy is to create gardens with flair and integrity based on a seamless blending of the clients' needs, harmony with the wider environment and with the architectural style of the property. These factors contribute to a garden which feels as if it belongs where it is and reflects the individual lifestyle of its owners.

Robin’s 30-plus years of experience, combined with the enthusiasm and skills of her younger, innovative team, means that Shafer Design is able to provide effective and exciting solutions to design challenges. Swimming pool design is a specialty area of interest and expertise of Shafer Design.

Simplicity, clarity and structure: working with you, your architecture, and your landscape.


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