Trish Bartleet

Trish Bartleet


Trish Bartleet Landscape Design


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Garden 1: Winn Rd, Freemans Bay

Sally Gordon and Trish Bartleet trained as garden designers together at Unitec and Massey University and then worked together designing gardens for around five years. Sally had done an early design for her garden which included some good structural plants enclosing the back garden.

Sal came back from an overseas trip where her husband (Green in name only!) was pursuing his dream of sailing around the world and she wanted her own dream too. She was tired of weeding the same old areas of her garden and wanted it to be fun to be in, with a sunny spot for the morning, a place for airbnb guests, less maintenance, a water feature and a path up the side for convenience.

Large macrocarpa vegetable beds and flowing gardens had encroached on the back lawn and the back deck needed enlarging and replacing. The front garden path would remain but needed a tart-up and the little-used front sloping lawn was not a particularly welcoming entry. A retaining wall along the front boundary also needed replacing.

The resulting design shifted the vegie gardens into the front garden, along with some dramatic garden beds, which have transformed this area into a memorable arrival point. The back garden is a balanced composition of deck, lawn, sun platform, oversized pots and colourful, lush gardens.

In Sal’s own words: “I love it. I spend hours tizzying, without a jot of frustration. The garden is easy to look after, I love looking down on it and guests think it is amazing. It is all I dreamt of.”


Garden 2: Winn Rd, Freemans Bay

Trish Bartleet has been friends with the owners of this garden, Pip and Aileen Cheshire, for many years and had worked professionally with Pip, an award-winning architect, on gardens for clients in the past. She says however, that the challenge of working with him on his own garden was a unique experience, ably assisted by his counsellor wife, Aileen. “I think I had really been brought into the garden design process to present a fresh look, combine their ideas and actually get a garden built. I think we all lost a little bit of hair during the process!” she says.

The brief was to create a casual (“I think Pip actually said ‘Rumpty’,” Trish recalls) private garden retreat for contemplation and entertaining, with good access down the side of the house and to the front door.

The back garden consisted of a courtyard close to the house and a sloping lawn garden. The front access was a narrow path, lawn and privet and Indian Hawthorn intertwined hedge. Certain elements were to remain. The bamboo back hedge and Pepper tree (removed in 2012) which gave privacy and the shell pavers at the back door reused, if possible. “Let the battle begin!” thought Trish.

Over the years, she says, the garden has evolved, with “pip (pun intended) fruit orchards and random plants just appearing in otherwise perfect empty spaces. Clients who have minds of their own…damn!”

All three of them each had their own agendas, “no surprise there” she declares. “However, I do feel that we achieved a garden that surprised and delighted us all and that still gives pleasure 10 years later. See for yourselves!”


Garden 3: Hillside Cres, Mt Eden

The brief involved developing a large family garden for an historic home on the steep slopes of Mt Eden. Trish had been working on this garden with the family since 2000, creating an overall plan at that stage, then focusing on developing various areas within the garden every few years. This has been a very satisfying process as it has kept Trish involved in the ongoing maintenance while attacking major developments along the way. The garden is still evolving and growing with the family.

Its design takes into account and reflects the clients’ two key aims to have traditional, classical elements with soft and flowing forms but with some hard edged, surprising elements that combine to make the garden a satisfying journey for all the family.

The next stage is to develop terraced vegetable gardens on the western bank – an exciting and challenging project, like everything on the site.

‘…Trish Bartleet is the most original and confident designer here in Auckland…’ Design comes naturally to her and she has turned some depressingly difficult areas into highly attractive outdoor living spaces. – Rose Thodey.

Trish has worked on various projects over the years, has a strong sense of design, innovative use of materials and structural planting with distinctive contrasting combinations. Her landscapes have a strong relationship with building architecture. 

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