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Xanthe White is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded landscape designers. Her awards include a Silver-Gilt award at the 2006 Chelsea Flower Show and Silver at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show. She has twice been introduced to the Queen.
She has also several times won Supreme award for design, Supreme award for construction, Supreme award for lighting as well as Gold, Silver and People’s Choice awards at the Ellerslie International Flower show. At the 2012 Gardening World Cup in Japan, Xanthe was awarded a Gold medal as well as Best Design award.
Her Auckland-based company Xanthe White Design specialises in designing residential, rural and interior landscapes as well as temporary living permanent garden installations.
Xanthe strongly believes sustainability can be achieved through passive design. Rather than reinventing the wheel, she believes in creating simple, functional living spaces, then filling in gaps and underused spaces as diversely as possible. Gardeners are essential to this approach as their individual tastes and interests result in cities that are a rich tapestry of life. Individuals taking an interest in their own living spaces create urban and suburban environments that are far more complex than any city planner could ever achieve.
In 2009 Xanthe wrote her first book, Organic Vegetable Gardening. She is a columnist for the New Zealand Gardener magazine and the Listener. She recently released her second book The Natural Garden which explores her signature style of plant-based landscape design.