Ted Smyth - Landscape Architect
Ted Smyth is regarded as one of the finest garden designers in the world. He lives and builds his gardens in Auckland, and has created many outstanding gardens in his long career.
Smyth’s work began in the early 1960s in Auckland, and drew on pre-existing regional spatial, horticultural and conceptual frameworks, outside the design approaches established by modernism and the West Coast American landscape work of Garrett Eckbo and others, forging a unique modernism born of the Pacific. Barnett and Margetts use Smyth’s concept of "plant spatiality" to explore Smyth’s modernist design work in New Zealand and in the Asia-Pacific, and also consider the difficulties of recent civic place-making, contributing to current debates on place in a postcolonial world.