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Natural Habitats is proud to announce that we have won an impressive 11 Awards in the 2016 Placemakers Riccarton Landscaping New Zealand awards – more awards and in more categories than any other landscaping company.

/projects/Brickworksentrancesmall.JPGIncluding winning the prestigious PGG Wrightson SPECIAL FEATURE OF THE YEAR, our team won three Gold Awards and seven Silver Awards for Landscape Design, Construction, Horticulture and Maintenance. That each project won awards for both design and construction is recognition of the complete value our Design and Build service model provides to our clients.

We’ve profiled the award winning landscapes in a series of blogs and would like to thank all our team involved in these projects as well as our clients who gave us the opportunity to design and build such fabulous gardens. First up is Bricklane – Brickworks (Lynn Mall Shopping Centre) which won one of the top awards - the PGG Wrightson SPECIAL FEATURE OF THE YEAR 2016 AWARD, as well as a Gold award for Landscape Design, and a Silver award for Landscape Construction. Congratulations go to Landscape Designer Lloyd Atherfold, and our Build Team – Nick Blandford and Phil Komene.

 

 

 

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Selling Sub-divisions with quality landscaping

28 May 2016

Since Natural Habitats landscape designed its first significant subdivision nearly 30 years ago for Gulf Harbour, developers have gradually caught on that quality landscaping is key to helping sell sections as well as gain resource consents, says the company’s design team lead, Mark Read.

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“Following our landscape design and build, Gulf Harbour looked great then, still looks great today, and it sold really well,” says Mark.

With five significant sub-division projects in the Greater Auckland area on the design team’s boards at the moment, the benefits of quality landscaping are clear and simple.

“For section buyers, some new subdivisions can feel like a barren wasteland which is not attractive,” explains Mark. “The landscape needs to feel established, integrated with the natural environment, and cater for the needs of a community with play areas for children, dogs and adults.”

Providing destinations and different character zones within the sub-division create a real appeal that keep improving as plants reach their maturity.

“Investing in mature specimens establishes a more welcoming, natural feeling environment as well as privacy by screening out other dwellings,” says Mark.

With most sub-divisions Natural Habitats is working on ranging from 300 to 400 sections, the earlier Natural Habitats is involved in the design process the better to maximise every square metre for developers.

“With the parks and reserves that developers are often required to create, our skills in biological analysis and ecological restoration are often called upon,” says Mark. “Re-establishing wetlands or rejuvenating streams can be effectively achieved while still maximising the return on the land value.”


Natural Habitats’ landscaper wins Young Landscaper of the Year

14 July 2015

We’re proud to announce that Natural Habitats’ Team Leader, Stefan Scott, is the winner of the 2015 City Parks Services Young Landscaper of the Year competition.

Stefan was awarded his trophy during the Landscaping New Zealand Conference held on July 4 in Auckland, and his prizes included a Stihl chainsaw, Vectorworks Landmark and tutorial support by Megabits Trust and a $500 Prebble Seeds gift pack.

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Stefan is the fourth person employed by Natural Habitats to win this prestigious title – the other winners being Darren Barrett, Blair Chicken and Liza Whalley.

A competition practical activities day was held at City Parks Services Domain Nursery in Auckland on Saturday 4 July. The activities included setting out, laying paving, preparing a bed for planting, plant identification, irrigation installation, costing out a plan and various interview scenarios.

The competitors attended the Landscaping New Zealand Conference to present their three minute prepared speech during the City Parks Services Young Landscaper of the Year event.

Stefan will go on and compete in the Young Horticulturalist of the Year Competition later this year representing Landscaping against other horticultural industries including viticulture, nurseries, and floristry.


Natural Habitats Bestowed 15 Awards at the Landscapes of Distinction Awards 2014

08 July 2014

Natural Habitats were thrilled to be presented with 15 Awards Saturday night at the bi-annual Landscape of Distinction Awards in Wellington.

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Natural Habitats were thrilled to be presented with 15 Awards Saturday night at the bi-annual Landscape of Distinction Awards in Wellington.

“A successful project outcome is based on a team effort; we recognise that the whole should be greater than the sum of its parts. What sets Natural Habitats apart from other landscape companies is that by combining both our design and delivery departments, we can streamline the building of landscapes to complete a quality project on-time & within budget, without compromising the design intent. We revel in being a part of an efficient team, adding creativity to concepts or solutions to problems,” says Graham Cleary, Natural Habitats Chief Rake. 

Natural Habitats winning landscapes are:

Geyser, Parnell

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Premier Award – Best Commercial Project

Premier Award – Best Special Feature

Gold – Garden Management

 

Scott, St Heliers

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Gold – Landscape design (Large Residential Project)

Gold –Landscape construction (Large Residential Project)

Silver – Horticulture (Large Residential Project)

 

Aitken, Remuera

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Silver – Landscape design (Large Residential Project)

Silver – Landscape construction (Large Residential Project)

 

Eco Pillow, Port Waikato

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Bronze – Horticulture (Small Residential Project)

 

Natural Habitats Edible Garden

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Silver – Garden Management

 

Living & Learning, Henderson

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Bronze – Landscape Design (Commercial project)

Bronze – Horticulture (Commercial project)

 

Fisher & Paykel, East Tamaki

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Bronze – Garden Management

 

Cliff Face Park, Stonefields

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Bronze – Landscape construction (Commercial Project)

 

Britomart East Green Wall

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Silver – Garden Management 

 

Natural Habitats is NZ’s leading integrated landscape company, offering expertise in DESIGN, BUILD & CARE in commercial, residential, civic/infrastructure and green walls/green roofs. They are renowned for the quality of their work and over the past three decades have won more awards than any other landscape company in New Zealand.

In New Zealand, Natural Habitats are at the forefront of the movement towards green technology in architecture.


We Have A Winner!

13 March 2014

A very excited Jo Bush from Auckland was the lucky winner of the $10,000 Kiwi Dream prize, which includes a landscape consultation and concept design drawings by Pascal Tibbits at Natural Habitats and architectural plans from Refresh Renovations.

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“I am blown away! It comes at such a great time as we need to extend our home to accommodate a blended family and landscape the surroundings to match,” says Jo. “We are looking for something that will create an indoor/outdoor flow and be child friendly.” 

Jo was one of 2200 people who entered the competition promoted through the Kiwi Dream, a 6-part series which featured on Prime prior to Christmas. The program followed the ups and downs of a major private renovation project. The project, a 1950’s property, had been kept by the one family for 60 years and had barely been touched since it was built. While Refresh Renovations (www.refresh.co.nz) tackled the house, a team of experts from Natural Habitats lead by Pascal looked after the landscape installation, to help achieve the dream and make the most of the spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf from the cliff top above Karaka Bay. 

Pascal Tibbits, Senior Landscape Designer at Natural Habitats, primarily services the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions. He has extensive experience on exclusive residential developments, with a passion for the design and detailing of structural elements in the landscape. Contact Pascal on pascal@naturalhabitats.co.nz or 021 842244.


Natural Habitats all Bronzed Up

04 March 2014

Natural Habitats are pleased to announce their ‘Living Lounge’ collected two Bronze awards at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch last week for ‘Large Exhibit’ & ‘Lighting’.

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The Natural Habitats ‘Living Lounge’ is an outdoor garden room, featuring the structural elements of Green Walls, Green Screens, a Green Roof (EcoPillows) and the natural elements of grasses, water, timber and fire.

Inspiration was drawn from retrospective 1970’s design. A sunken conversation pit is the focal point of this minimalist garden, where people can sit back, relax and chat. This informal social space is decorated with planting, emulating features such as shag pile and funky fabrics.

The exhibit featured 4000 plants, which are predominantly Carex grasses and tussocks. The hedging is constructed with Corokia and the Green Beams with Hedera canarensis.

Natural Habitats’ Green Wall and Roofs are at the leading edge of contemporary landscape design and green build solutions. They are a lightweight, automated system where irrigation is built into the panel. Green Walls and Green Roofs will play an important role to the future sustainability of our urban environment.

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Natural Habitats 'Living Lounge' Wins Two Awards!

26 February 2014

Natural Habitats 'Living Lounge' has been awarded two bronzes judged on 25th of February at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch!

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More to come!


Natural Habitats Living Lounge

17 February 2014

The Natural Habitats ‘Living Lounge’ is an outdoor garden room, featuring the structural elements of Green Walls, Green Screens and a Green Roof (EcoPillows).

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The Natural Habitats ‘Living Lounge’ is an outdoor garden room, featuring the structural elements of Green Walls, Green Screens and a Green Roof (EcoPillows).

1970s design elements are at the core of this outdoor living lounge.

Inspiration was drawn from the iconic ‘conversation pit’. The sunken lounging area forms the centre of this modernist garden, where people can relax and socialise. Right at the centre is the lava bowl featuring fire on water and glowing rocks.

Other retrospective design elements such as funky fabrics and shag pile are evoked by the textured living wall using 4000 plants, predominantly Carex grasses and tussocks. The hedging is constructed with Corokia and the Green Beams with Hedrara Canarensis. The pergola structure is the unusual combination of layered stacked timber collars supporting a radial lattice roof and beam of Ivy.

Key points to note:

  • The levitating columns constructed of stacked collars support the living beam laced with ivy, which creeps across the radial lattice roof


Mark Read’s experience extends across a wide range of landscape design projects including residential, commercial, public open space, resorts, water features, streetscape, educational landscapes, retirement villages and subdivision developments. Examples of his work can be found in a number of international design publications and he has been responsible for the design of more than 35 award winning entries in New Zealand’s national LNZ awards.

Throughout Mark’s 28 years with Natural Habitats, his underling strengths are in producing innovative, creative design solutions with a strong environmental focus and a keen attention to detail.

Natural Habitats’ Green Wall and Roofs are at the leading edge of contemporary landscape design and green build solutions. They are a lightweight, automated system where irrigation is built into the panel. Green Walls and Green Roofs will play an important role to the future sustainability of our urban environment.

For more information about our Green Walls and Green Roofs please contact Pete de Jager at Natural Habitats on 0508 HABITATS or check out www.naturalhabitats.co.nz.


The Kiwi Dream, Final Episode this Friday 7.30pm on Prime

20 December 2013

The final episode and much of the renovation is complete.

However, there's still the downstairs bathroom and laundry to tackle. It's a major plastering and tiling job and there is a dispute when Evie is not happy with the placement of the shower drain.

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Outside, the Golden Boys from Natural Habitats are getting stuck in to complete everything. The turf is laid, the final garden beds are in and the finishing touches are being added.  Pascal gets involved with designing a fantastic garden lighting plan to take advantage of the new landscaping. He also surprises Evie with his amazing and unique outdoor additional feature. 

We recap each of the renovations and talk to the main players about how they think it all went from their perspective.

And then Mike Pero gives his opinion on what the house is now worth.

It is a surprising answer!  

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Find out more by tuning into The Kiwi Dream, Friday 20 December, 7.30pm on PRIME. 

You can also visit www.primetv.co.nz/kiwidream and enter to win a grand prize to the value of $10,000 including - landscape concept design drawings by Pascal Tibbits from Natural Habitats and architectural plans from Refresh Renovations.


The Kiwi Dream, Episode 5 this Friday 7.30pm on Prime

12 December 2013

After a 6 week break re planning and re budgeting – the project recommences with a back in control budget - and the team is making up for lost time.

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The internal stair area is given a complete over hall including completely removing the old stairs and inserting a new set but in a different position.

The front entrance is completely revamped with cobblestones, a remote control pergola and a new front door with high tech lock system that is operated by smart phone.

Placement of a shed on the property turns into a major dispute with the architect who takes exception to it spoiling the view. Evie and Pascal are given the task of trying to make the shed ‘disappear’ with clever planting and paint.
The Mal Corboy designed kitchen arrives and is installed with spectacular results.

The house is given an unusual new aluminum roof, an external paint job and in the garden the Natural Habitats guys discover secret lost pathways that lead all the way to the beach.

Find out more by tuning into The Kiwi Dream, Friday 13 December, 7.30pm on PRIME.

You can also visit www.primetv.co.nz/kiwidream and enter to win a grand prize to the value of $10,000 including - landscape concept design drawings by Pascal Tibbits from Natural Habitats and architectural plans from Refresh Renovations.


The Kiwi Dream, Episode 4 this Friday 7.30pm on Prime

05 December 2013

We begin episode 4 where we left off – the under floor problem. It’s decided we need to rip the whole job up and start again. Finally a solution is found and the floor complete.

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The rest of the room is completed too and Sally Ridge dresses the space with furniture.

The end result is fantastic, but it has caused the budget to spin out of control having hit $70,000 over budget.

The team also tackle the second bedroom downstairs, completing it in the style of a beachside batch. 

Pascal pitches to Evie a special Sanctum retreat for the garden – but the budget is blown and Mike Pero makes the call to put a stop to all work while we reassess where to from here.

 Find out more by tuning into The Kiwi Dream, Friday 22 November, 7.30pm on PRIME.

 You can also visit www.primetv.co.nz/kiwidream and enter to win a grand prize to the value of $10,000 including - landscape concept design drawings by Pascal Tibbits from Natural Habitats and architectural plans from Refresh Renovations.

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