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The Business of Garden Design
The Business of Garden Design

Wed, Sep 14


Eden Community Church/ Livestream Online

The Business of Garden Design

This is a lecture you will not want to miss as Claire and Anna will take us through their experiences of setting up their own businesses after being students at Unitec in Auckland.

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Time & Location

Sep 14, 2022, 6:00 PM – Sep 15, 2022, 7:30 PM

Eden Community Church/ Livestream Online, 6.30PM Start / 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand

About the Event

You can purchase a livestream replay of this event by visiting the events page -

This is a very special lecture with lots of confidential information and honesty being shared, so to protect and respect the presenters, the lecture will only be available to GDSNZ financial members and Unitec/Wintec Students only in person and via livestream if you can't make it in person on the night.    

$10 per GDSNZ financial member. $20 per Unitec/Wintec Student.  Nibbles will be provided and the cash bar will be open.

Clare Talbot -

Claire Talbot has been working in the landscape design business since 2016 when she launched Claire Talbot Garden Design after leaving Unitec with a Certificate in Garden Design & NZ Gardener Award for Top Student in 2015. 

After a rebrand in 2019 to Sculpt Gardens to encompass the long-term synergistic collaboration with Naomi Gray (Accredited Member of GDSNZ), Sculpt Gardens has now grown to a team of 4 landscape designers supported by a planting & maintenance team of 10 sparkly gardeners.   

Sculpt Gardens prides itself on being a female-founded business with a culture that respects the overlaps between personal & work life. In this informal conversation, Claire will share the nitty gritty about her business - from the finances & what Sculpt charges, the suppliers & partnered businesses,  the studio's design process,  and technologies used to support the business to how Claire's personal & professional development has been key to growing the business.

Anna Pepper design -

Graduate to Start-up

A career with its roots in Fashion design & global consumer marketing, Anna sought a return to her love of design and a more earnest profession, after a major family health scare.    3yrs new to the landscape design profession, Anna formalised her business Anna Pepper Design Ltd in 2020 (yes in the middle of a pandemic) after graduating top of Class in both Unitec’s NZ Cert. Hort Land & NZ Dip Land.  Anna designs & manages the installation of residential landscapes, predominantly in the Auckland eastern bays and recently Lake Taupo with a team of like-minded freelance designers.   The last two years have been a baptism of fire. The setup of the back end of the business became a priority to be able to focus on the fun stuff.   Offering top Unitec landscape design graduates freelance apprenticeships, increased design capacity and injected fresh thinking and a lot of fun into her business.  As did partnering with like minded agencies inc accountants, marketers, insurance brokers, lawyers, planners, fabulous wholesalers, nurseries & landscaping craftspeople.

Please note - an administration fee of 50 cents for online payment will beadded to ticket price. 


  • 1 hour

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  • GDSNZ Paid Members

    This event is for paid members only. If you are not a paid member, please sign up and make members payment before purchasing this ticket. An administration fee of 50 cents has been added to the price. Please note: If you purchase a ticket and are not a paid member - a refund may not be possible.

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  • Unitec/Wintec Students

    This ticket is exclusive to non-paid member Unitec/Wintec Students. Please have your student number ready when ordering ticket. An administration fee of 50 cents has been added to the price. Please note: If you purchase a ticket and are not a Unitec Student - a refund may not be possible.

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