Native garden and habitat enhancement - NICK ROBINSON | ArchiPro

Native garden and habitat enhancement

A large section with existing bush in the Waitakere foothills was redesigned and replanted to enhance the local ecology and demonstrate the garden potential of local species. This garden featured the restoration of the river flood terrace with native wetland species, a fern garden making use of deep shade areas, a rain garden planted with a textural mix of sedges and rushes and a lawn surrounded by native plants displaying their aesthetic and ornamental qualities. Construction included semi-permeable fencing, new decks from sustainable vitex and an outdoor shower with spiral bamboo screen. A derelict bridge over the river was replaced with a "wilderness" boulder crossing 

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A simple gravel path leads down to the stream through the established bush, underplanted with native ferns and ground layer plants
A sunny lawn is crossed by stepping stones and surrounded by native planting selected for its visual interest. The fence separates the dog territory from the wildife zone
The outdoor shower is enclosed by a bamboo screen in a spiral. The floor is smooth schist and rounded pebble.
The flood terrace beyond the stream is planted with a diversity of native wetland sedges and other plants, decaying log piles are retained for fungal, insect and lizard habitat.
A derelict stream bridge was replaced with a simple crossing of natural boulders

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