Tag Archives: Gardening

Inside Inner-City Garden of Chef Margot Henderson

Inside Inner-City Garden of Chef Margot Henderson

New Zealand-born London-based chef and co-owner of Rochelle Canteen Margot Henderson talks to The Telegraph about how she became a gardener and what she loves most about her inner-city garden for the “occasional” column,…

Charlie McCormick Restores English Country Garden

Charlie McCormick Restores English Country Garden

Why is it that the non-English – like New Zealand-born florist Charlie McCormick (pictured right) – do classic English so much better than we do? the Telegraph’s Sarah Raven asks. On Raven’s arrival at his…

Harmonious Sanctuaries

Harmonious Sanctuaries

Woodbridge, Hortensia House and Ayrlies Garden are three of New Zealand’s “stand out” gardens, which Go Upstate’s Betty Montgomery visited on an “unforgettable trip” to summer south of the equator. “Woodbridge was started in…

Mucking In

Mucking In

The Olivenhain garden of New Zealanders Maury and Heather Callaghan in Southern Californian is an “expanse of lawn and beds of perennials” with a tall, fragrant banana shrub and burgundy-leaved smoke tree “creat a…

On the Floral Trail

On the Floral Trail

New Zealand municipal botanical gardens, including Hamilton Gardens and the Whakarewarewa Forest and Government Gardens in Rotorua, feature in a travel article written by Ray Boren for the Desert News. “Indeed, the…

Charlie Champions NZ

Charlie Champions NZ

British celebrity gardener, Charlie Dimmock, named NZ as her preferred home-away-from-home in an interview with The Independent. “If I had to to New Zealand. They have an’outdoors’ lifestyle,’ and people are more active.”

Flax Attack

Flax Attack

After a brief 1960s hey-day, NZ flax (phormium) has returned as “the drama queen of trendy garden designs” in LA. According to TV horticulturist Maureen Gilmer, “Phormiums are the most exciting new plants to enter the American…

Green Tours

Green Tours

Gardening is sexy and the green-groupies flock to Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City.

Flaxen Splendor

Flaxen Splendor

New Zealand flax gives British gardens a spiky edge.

Spray Away

Spray Away

New Zealand – SkunkShot, created by Victoria University scientists, hits the  garden with eau de skunk; unwelcome cats and dogs keep their distance.  

Elegant Astelia

Elegant Astelia

A New Zealand silver astelia adds elegance to Irish garden designer Dominick Murphy’s small garden.

Oh Lovely Olearia

Oh Lovely Olearia

New Zealand olearias feature in celeb-gardner Penelope Hobhouse’s top picks.

Quicksilver Hebe

Quicksilver Hebe

Plant New Zealand hebe for a “calming, understated and very grown-up” look.

Soil Happy

Soil Happy

Gardening makes you happy says Judith Kidd of Massey University.

Top of the Pots

Top of the Pots

New Zealand plants have a distinctive look to them, and the tree-fern is perhaps one of the most unusual. Ponga trees are a hot item in the UK. Home Front TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin highlights them on…

Flax: A Protective Edge

Flax: A Protective Edge

The Sunday Times garden columnist, Dan Pearson, gets all excited about Phorium tenax: New Zealand flax, or Harakeke. He’s found its adaptation to New Zealand’s harsh coasts makes it the perfect windbreak for a seaside garden…

Delightful Dowderwell’s Delphiniums

Delightful Dowderwell’s Delphiniums

The Scotsman’s gardening writer Carolyn Spray recommends an esoteric Wanganui website: “If you’re as passionate about delphiniums as I am, you’ll love this site … All about growing, pests and diseases likely to occur, it also has…

‘Gardeners Get out Your Pruners’ –  New Zealand is the Leading Destination in Booming Garden Tourism Market

‘Gardeners Get out Your Pruners’ –  New Zealand is the Leading Destination in Booming Garden Tourism Market

In the English-speaking world, New Zealand (with a much lusher climate than Australia) is becoming popular because you can enjoy gardens from October through February, thanks to the equitorial inversion of seasons.