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Creating a garden focal point: Grow Landscape

Known as the father of landscape architecture, Lancelot (Capability) Brown’s signature was to ensure that garden design had a central focal point and, while today’s gardens tend to be smaller than the masterpieces created by Brown, the principal is as relevant as ever.



Creating a striking focal point for your garden is as simple as a visit to Grow Landscape & Lifestyle at 69 Moorhouse Avenue. There you will find the largest and most diverse range of garden art, water features, and pots, troughs, urns and bowls of all sizes in Christchurch. This stunning showcase houses an exclusive selection and the team is ready to help with choice, and at any stage of your project.

Manager at the showroom, Linda Fussell, says that current trends include large shallow dishes and bowls, “a fantastic statement one metre wide, they look beautiful planted with seasonal colour or with succulents”.

Fibreglass/cement troughs range in size from 1-2m and come in black, white and coffee bean and are popular for planting screening, or for attractive vegetable and herb gardening. Glazed pots are always a popular classic and are discounted on a permanent basis. There is a vast range available in size, shape and colour, including the ever-stylish black, grey and white, with cream, lime green, red, mustard and turquoise, guaranteed to make a statement.


The garden art is a fabulous set of designs made bespoke for Grow Landscape & Lifestyle. There is Corten Steel – the rusted look, as well as crisp stainless steel. The latest shipment features a fine bronze horse; at two metres tall a pair would make an unbeatable statement in an entry, or a single at the end of a long view. The water features come from around the world, and you’ll choose from the widest selection in Christchurch.

The exclusive range of pots from Tau are fibreglass and gorgeous for indoors and out. They are completely seamless and hand-finished in black and white, their top-quality finish makes them so tactile, you will find yourself running your hands over them quite regularly!

For eight years, items in a fibreglass and cement mix have been extremely popular for their lack of weight – easy to transport, easy to site, but as beautiful as terracotta, concrete or porcelain. There are tubs, urns, bowls, Buddha heads and panels in this versatile material.


Offering a full landscaping service that covers decking, to fences, to driveways, to paving, Grow Landscape & Lifestyle will come out and give you ideas for your patch or create a full landscape plan. To complement your hard landscaping you’ll need beautiful greenery, and Grow Landscape & Lifestyle can procure exactly what you need and do all the planting. The Grow team loves making something beautiful out of nothing. “It’s wonderful to take a blank canvas and create something that just gets better with time. 

“You’ll always get a very personal result, but we are there to guide you, and nothing’s a problem.”




Luxurious Landscaping: Wood Ltd

When it comes to plants, landscaping, or even creating your own living roof, Wood Ltd is no stranger to creating unique, functional and beautiful spaces in any site. Specialising in combining meaningful, site-based design with thorough landscape construction, Wood Ltd is able to go above and beyond what is deemed to be the norm, giving your project a quality and finish which is totally unique.




Wood Ltd is owned and operated by Landscape Architect Steffan Kraberger. Steffan and his team’s experience and creativity leads to a unique approach to landscape design-and-build where no job is too ambitious or project too tough. With a vast portfolio of completed projects and plenty of repeat business, Steffan and his team often have their hands full with clients wanting that special something.

Whether it’s creating lush courtyards throughout the upcoming health and wellness development ‘The Welder’, creating living roof systems on The Crossing’s new rooftop Early Childhood centre, planting the 112 Cashel Mall living wall, or cutting walking tracks to the PurePods now scattered throughout Canterbury, Wood Ltd is going from strength to strength, and only just getting started.

If you want to know more about how Wood Ltd can bring your wooden project to life, stop by their office at 474 St Asaph Street, Phillipstown, or contact Steffan directly at




Country’s hottest garden inspo

A former Timaru local, Dan Mackay, is featuring in the Auckland Garden DesignFest for the first time this November, however you may recognise him from TVNZ’s HOMEmade. A true creative, Dan is exploding with innovative ideas and the skills to see them through to completion.




What attracted you to garden design?
While I am a firm believer that the garden is the most important space in the home, my initial attraction with gardens was when I was in Europe in my heyday, travelling and landscaping. Digging holes was hard work and I decided that I would rather be pointing them out instead. Once I started designing, I realised how much I loved being able to push my creative limits and form wild yet functional spaces.

What do you think makes a good garden or outdoor space?
There are three key things that I think make an inspiring outdoor space; firstly, you need a place to relax that will allow you to enjoy your garden. Secondly, a place to play is always at the top of mind in any space I am creating, especially for families. At my own garden and with five kids running around, I tried to create an element of fun in every corner, from a skateboard ramp to swings that can be used for both adults and children. Finally, including a main garden feature or having something that stands out and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye is important.



What are some of the key trends you’re seeing coming through in our outdoor spaces?
Ten years ago, almost everyone wanted low maintenance gardens. With the rise of healthy living and organic lifestyles, this has now spread into the garden which has caused a resurgence in favour of gardening. People want to have the space to dig, grow veggies and herbs, and harvest fruit. The art of gardening has definitely become cool again!

What are you looking forward to in this year’s Auckland Garden DesignFest?
It is exciting to be involved with the Auckland Garden DesignFest for the first time. I am thrilled to be part of an event that so many other talented New Zealand landscape designers are involved with. I can’t wait to see their featured gardens and get some inspiration for myself!

I am also looking forward to seeing visitors who come along to my DesignFest featured garden. I love being able to yarn with likeminded garden design enthusiasts who are keen to take home ideas for enhancing their own gardens and outdoors spaces – I will probably talk their ears off!



We have three double passes to the Auckland Garden DesignFest valued at $130 each to giveaway. To enter, jump on the Metropol Facebook page, find the post and tell us who you would love to go garden hunting with.

This unique weekend festival on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November will celebrate New Zealand garden design excellence, while raising funds for children’s charities; Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand, Garden to Table and Rotary Club of Newmarket Charitable Trust. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to tour through up to 16 of Auckland’s most beautiful, professionally designed, private gardens and meet some of New Zealand’s leading garden design talent.

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Lap of Luxury: The Mighty Staggz

Family is at the very heart of The Mighty Staggz operation, the local Oxford, North Canterbury business that specialises in building unique fibreglass swimming pools.



It’s what drives husband-and-wife team Quentin and Nicky Stagg who, alongside raising their own four boys, are passionate about creating a product that can provide endless hours – and years – of enjoyment for families like theirs. Quentin, who has worked in the industry for more than 15 years and has vast experience working with fibreglass, decided that in 2017 it was time to go out on his own and create a business with a difference.

“Not only do we see it as a pool, we see our purpose of producing and creating an environment where people can gather, create long-lasting memories with their loved ones, and spend hours unplugging and enjoying their pool. Our business represents our family and our passion for building and constructing custom-built fibreglass swimming pools, a unique one-off design made especially for our clients.”

Specialising in everything from 25m school pools, to small custom-built spas and lagoons, the couple is dedicated to creating quality builds and making sure they fit with their clients’ needs. Working with The Mighty Staggz also means you deal directly with the business owner from start-to-finish, eliminating the need for middle men. “With our unique building method, we can construct anything you imagine, and we can bring it to life,” Quentin says.“We pride ourselves on using quality products to establish a stunning result and provide a genuine down-to-earth service.”


Artworks Landscape

Now’s the design time: making the most of Autumn with Artwork’s Landscape

Luke Robertson
Luke Robertson, Landscape Designer at Artworks Landscape Ltd

Luke Robertson, Landscape Designer at Christchurch’s celebrated Artworks Landscape Ltd, offers some advice for the enjoyment of spending Christmas and summer in your fabulous outdoor living space: “Just because it’s autumn, don’t put your plans on the back burner until spring – be smart, think ahead. Now is the perfect time to get your design completed so work can commence before the spring rush if you want to be able to enjoy your outside living over the summer.”

Artworks Landscape

Artworks Landscape Ltd has been in Canterbury for 31 years and offers the full service of design, build and maintenance, so can complete your whole project. “Communication flow between our departments means it’s a streamlined process, ensuring continuity between design, construction and maintenance,” Luke says.
Every client has different outdoor space requirements and Luke is driven by the challenge of variety. While he has some favourite design concepts, your outdoor space will be unique to you.
From the sculptural lines of a symmetrical formal garden, to a more relaxed free-form outdoor space, you’ll receive a distinctive, well-serving design and completed product that works for you.
Artworks Landscape Ltd has a reputation for quality landscapes on time and to any budget. The benefits in using Artworks, is that it offers the full package. Whether you need a paved area, or an integrated design complete with swimming pool, Artworks can help. Phone 03-387 0673 or enquire through

Public Parks

Growth of green spaces: nature is taking over cities around the world

The human populace has been known to push the boundaries to the extreme when it comes to the creation of urban greenspaces, with public parks springing up in the most unusual of places; on the tops of tall buildings, in the middle of stormwater management areas and now, in abandoned underground spaces

Public Parks

Yes, abandoned rail corridors throughout the world are now being repurposed into linear parks and unused rail lines are being transformed into hiking and biking trails.
The conversion of an abandoned underground trolley terminal scheduled to open in 2021, New York’s Lowline has been billed as ‘the world’s first subterranean green space’ after laying unused for more than 60 years.
Plans consist of a 9m wide aluminium solar canopy distributing natural sunlight onto a live cultivated landscape ‘park’.
Further west, advocates fighting to keep the now-closed Battery Street tunnel in Seattle from being filled with rubble from the demolished Viaduct hope to transform the underground space into a unique public park. Food for local thought?

Sculptural Landscapes

Sustainable splendour: Sculptural Landscapes philosophy of sustainability

Combining innovative design with practical expertise and sustainability, Sculptural Landscapes has been creating beautiful outdoor spaces in Canterbury for the past four years.

Sculptural Landscapes
The company aims to incorporate an element of sustainability into every project.

The company aims to incorporate an element of sustainability into every project. “We use recycled materials wherever we can, such as railway sleepers and old bricks, as well as sustainable, chemical-free options like macrocarpa,” says director Jon Russell, who leads the small, talented team.
Specialising in construction and design, Jon is dedicated to providing a space unique to the individual’s home and lifestyle, whether it’s creating from scratch, a renovation or general maintenance. He says the company’s success can be attributed to fresh ideas, friendly service and a genuine love of what it does. “It all comes down to quality work and a desire to keep our clients happy.”
Offering both residential and commercial services, the team has completed a stunning portfolio of projects in Canterbury. One of its many stand-out creations is a small section in Edgeware, which was transformed using Halswell Quarry stones sourced from earthquake-damaged homes, macrocarpa garden beds and a range of fruit trees and vegetable plants amongst a selection of native foliage.
To help turn your landscape aspirations into reality, call Jon on 03-390 9983 or email for more information. Visit to view the team’s portfolio and follow on Facebook and Instagram.