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Philip Smith

Naturalistic: an integrated approach to working with native plants

SATURDAY 9 NOV 9.00am-11.00am $50

SATURDAY 9 NOV 2.00pm-4.00pm $50

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At Garden Marlborough we’re often asked about the best approach to planting natives. We contacted a leading expert, Philip Smith, owner of Auckland-based landscape design practice O2 Landscapes, asking him to share the secret to successful naturalistic plantings, including the interplanting of natives and exotics. This current trend takes thought and care to get right, and Philip will cover the field in depth and with passion. He talks about the naturalistic planting design traditions fostered by German and Dutch pioneers such as Karl Foerster, Mien Ruys and Ernst Pagels, who have all influenced O2 Landscapes’ interest in integrating the planting of New Zealand’s native flora with certain exotics, and in exploring new ways of making gardens founded on our natural heritage that also respect the continuity of horticultural traditions. Many of Philip’s projects use this integrated approach, while some use only native species, generally specific to both the local and regional context.

Philip will talk about how to enhance seasonal change and flowering performance, and about his interest in expanding the range of native plants used within landscape architecture, particularly threatened species.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of New Zealand’s best lecturers on this subject, and we’re confident you’ll be surprised and delighted by what you’ll discover.

 

 

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