Phillip Smith from O2 Landscapes shares his journal and images about the Ben Dhu Scientific reserve near Lake Ohau giving a rare glimpse at what the Mackenzie Basin would have looked like. Although the beautiful, rolling tussocklands of the South Island form landscapes that are natural in appearance, a large proportion of them are the […]
Category: The Environment
From Natural Habitats Once upon a time, when Suzanne Paul reigned queen of the infomercial, calling someone a tree-hugger, was to imply they were a little bit out there – not quite the norm. Now however, as a by-product of a growing focus on sustainability, caring about the environment is no longer the domain of […]
Natural Habitats is proud to launch the next advancement in green roof technology – the EcoPillow. Modular in design, the EcoPillow is a pre-grown living roof that offers all the proven benefits of a green roof while radically reducing risk and cost of the roofing structure. The Eco Pillow structure and the growing medium were […]
Bees play a vital role of pollination in New Zealand agriculture and horticulture industries and in our home gardens. Roughly one third of what we eat is pollinated by bees. Without bees we would not be able to grow a wide range of food including apples, pears, stone fruit, cucumbers, kiwifruit, berry fruit and even clover. In New Zealand […]
Landscape design and construction case study by O2 Landscapes The section of coastline that this house is located upon is a good example of the diversity of ecologies that characterises New Zealand’s flora. It shares many similarities with southeastern Australian ecologies, include a subtlety that sits well with many of our beliefs on planting design. Geologically, […]
Subalpine scrub and dry grasslands serve as the basis for the planting at this Tekapo garden. By Philip Smith from o2 Landscapes.
A truly natural alternative to chemically reliant conventional swimming pools is now available in New Zealand. Motueka-based Natural Pools NZ Limited, owned by accomplished landscape architect Alex Traut and Dr Hans Brutscher, is the exclusive agent for internationally-renowned Biotop Pools, an Austrian company that has designed and constructed over 3000 natural swimming pools in a […]