In the Garden - Real Gardeners

Through the seasons
A treasure trove for plant lovers lies in one of Taranaki's most cherished gardens. Sue Linn visits Riverlea.
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A healthy obsession
Sue Linn visits self-confessed gardening junkie, Liz Clark in her thriving city garden.
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A life in plants
Landscape designer, florist and gardener Jules Moore chats with Sarah Thornton about her love of all things botanical.
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A Taranaki treasure
Cleo Wood meets industrious Taranaki gardener Mary Dickson, as she prepares to open her garden to thousands of festival visitors for the twenty fifth time!
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A Taupo treasure
Sue Linn visits a garden in Taupo designed for all seasons
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Alison's flower farm
When eco-florist Alison Watts needed a reliable supply of fresh seasonal flowers, she decided to grow her own. Sue Linn meets a green-fingered mum growing her love of nature into a flourishing backyard business.
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Creating spaces
Val Puxty says it's important to be guided by instinct, not necessarily by logic or what a textbook tells you. The Auckland designer, came to garden design via her life-long love of plants.
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Dream house
What could be better, on a wintery day, than a warm light-filled space to go and hang out with your plants? Sue Linn finds a greenhouse with the x-factor.
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Dream job
Keeping the fantasy alive at one of our most popular tourist attractions involves a team of dedicated horticulturists. Sue Linn meets the gardeners at Hobbiton Movie Set.
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Evolution of a gardener
As we adapt our gardening to a changing climate, our plants may be our greatest teachers. In North Canterbury Jenny Cooper has been rethinking some long-held conventions, with stunning results.
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Force of nature
Fortitude and vision are traits that come in handy when landscaping on exposed coastal sites. Sue Linn meets the creator of a dynamic seaside garden.
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Gardens of Eden
What drives today's young gardeners? Sue Linn chats to millennial gardener, Eden Saccente over a cup of homemade herbal tea in her plant-filled Wellington flat.
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His and hers
Taranaki couple, Steve and Jo Linn, had no trouble finding the perfect venue for their recent wedding. Their own garden was the obvious choice.
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Ideas to steal
Inspiration from Bronwyn and Neil Towersey's spring garden
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Labour of love
When this young family went shopping for a new home it was all about the garden. Sue Linn visits a tranquil outdoors lovingly created for family life.
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Living well by design
Deliberately designing her lifestyle to reduce her carbon footprint has been a hugely rewarding experience for Auckland gardener Jenny Marshall.
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On the menu
In the Covid vege patch it's time to be rather grateful for the foresight of autumn planting and to plan for what you'll want to eat in November and December. In Debbie's rural Auckland garden, 'epic fails' lead to solutions.
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Raw delight
Naturopath Meryn Wakelin explains how eating raw plant food has remarkable consequences to our health and wellbeing
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Shades of green
When Bron chooses plants for her garden, flowers are the last thing on her mind. Her colour palette is restricted to shades of green. For this budding garden designer, its all about shape.
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Southern charm
Sue Linn visits Dunedin's Larnach Castle on the windswept Otago Peninsular, and talks to head gardener Fiona Eadie.
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The plantsman
Making a career out of what we love to do is something many of us wonder about but never quite get around to. Sue Linn meets a gardener who made the mid career leap and has never looked back.
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The power of two
A garden is all the more rewarding when it's a passion shared. Sue Linn visits a dedicated team of two in their astonishing Tauranga haven.
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Treading lightly
Sue Linn visits a Katikati gardener with a passion for permaculture.
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Whimsical wonderland
Sue Linn visits a colourful funfilled garden that is enjoyed by visitors of all ages.
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Within limits
So often in gardening, as with other art forms, constraint begets creativity. Add a good measure of horticultural prowess and the results can be astounding, as Sue Linn finds in a beautiful Central Otago garden.
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Working with nature
Build a garden for birds and they will come. Sue Linn visits a Taupo garden designed for all senses.
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19-Jul-2024