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92 High Street, Blenheim
0800 627 527
FRIDAY 8 NOV 2.00pm-3.30pm $50
SATURDAY 9 NOV 2.00pm-3.30pm $50
Described by leading UK landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith as ‘a brilliantly creative garden designer’, New Zealand-based Andy Hamilton began practising as a landscape architect in 2003, after completing a degree in Landscape Architecture at Auckland’s Unitec. He worked with an Auckland-based urban design firm, designing public parks and urban centres, before moving to London in 2005 where he worked with Tom Stuart-Smith, designing a mix of public and private projects in the UK, France, Spain, India, Morocco and the Caribbean. In January 2016 he returned to New Zealand to set up his own landscape design practice, Andy Hamilton Studio.
Andy will be giving two talks at Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough this year. On Friday, he’ll discuss the inspiration and influence of the great designers and plantspeople he’s met and worked with, including Piet Oudolf, James Hitchmough and Jinny Blom, as well as Tom Stuart-Smith. He’ll show us projects he established with Tom Stuart-Smith, from English country gardens and private gardens in France and Spain, to the famous Le Jardin Secret, a public garden in Morocco. He’ll focus on designing with perennial plants, for small town gardens as well as in larger rural landscapes. He’ll also discuss the process of establishing expansive landscapes with seeded vegetation, including wildflower meadows and prairie planting.
In his Saturday talk, Andy will take you on an illustrated tour of the tropical gardens he’s created, in the Caribbean, India, Zanzibar and Bali, sharing his approach to the challenge of garden and planting design in different climates and cultures. He’ll also talk about the gardens he has designed in New Zealand, including the rural gardens he’s currently working on, exploring our diverse native plant species and the ways they can be used alongside perennial and exotic plants.
Both talks will end with a Q&A session, an open forum for discussion about all matters plant and garden related.