Robin Shafer

Robin Shafer


Shafer Design Ltd


09 421 1412



Garden 1: Stack St, Herne Bay

Designed around one of Herne Bay’s most beautiful corner villas, this garden is filled with a comprehensive collection of plants which form an elegant response to the architecture. A walk through the gardens takes you from a flower-filled traditional garden to a tropical shady oasis under giant pohutukawa through to a small edible garden and a family play lawn. Structural planting forms gentle architectural framework while the texture and colours of the planting create a romantic setting. Scented plants include a multitude of gardenias, star jasmine, daphne, heliotrope, rosemary, Port wine magnolia, Mexican orange blossom and Meyer lemons.

Garden 2: Kohimarama Rd, Kohimarama

This resort-style garden and swimming pool was built in 2013 to complement a magnificent new home on a very tight site overlooking the Hauraki Gulf. The design is a clever response to the restricted space and features a large, contemporary, designed pool and spa incorporating moats, floating stepping stones and a glass edge. Enclosed spaces have been created using hedging and evergreen trees to create private areas in a very exposed site. Flower-filled garden beds include Gordonia ‘Moonlight Magic’, hydrangeas, Camellia ‘Mini-no-yuki’, daylilies, osmanthus and plumbago.

Garden 3: Glen Atkinson, St Heliers

This formal garden has been developed in response to the neo-classical Georgian house originally designed by Chillwell and Trewthie circa 1934. Heritage architect and interior designer, Stephen Cashmore, added his skill and flair to sympathetically integrate the two adjoining houses, reclaiming part of the original gardens.

The property features immaculate lawns, a variety of structured hedges and topiaries, rose-covered pergola, rose garden and several water features. The five bronze urns, shipped over from Rhode Island, are dye-cast moulds taken from some of the original limestone urns of the Grand Mansions of Newport. Axial walkways encourage strolling and lead through several different garden areas, including an impressive retaining wall on the cul-de-sac below featuring three-tiered planting. The restrained plant palette creates a serene garden experience. The owners have been involved throughout and have planted the majority of the garden themselves.


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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