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“These workshops would be ideal if you are thinking of getting your property ready to sell!”
“It’s very hard to design swimming pools in a rural situation without making them look foreign or introduced, and I was trying to blur the edges so that you didn’t ruin that rural feeling.”
“People appreciate gardens in different ways. Some enjoy gazing out at their flower beds, while others like to get their hands dirty working in the vegetable patch. For children, the garden is a place to play.”
Landscape designer Robin Shafer says creating structure within a garden is important.
This can be done formally or informally, however it is important to consider proportion in order to create spaces or garden rooms that complement the architectural style of the house.
“We have used the services of Robin Shafer on three major projects.
The first one was for our Heritage Gothic design house in Devonport. The main centre feature of the garden was a revolving close line.
Robin was able to transfer the garden into a beautiful formal classical garden with Pergolas, summer house, heritage designed patio and formal planting which enhanced the period features of the house
and made it look like it had always been there. The garden was open to many charity garden tours including Trinity gardens.
Our second project was a lifestyle property with a French Styled house. We wanted to achieve an English/ French influence in the grounds with deciduous trees. Her choice of trees and the design lay out has been fantastic. Robin redesigned the driveway with lovely curves including parking spaces and
helped to re-establish a third pond area close to the driveway which creates a lovely drive in to our home.
More recently we did a subdivision which required a 3500 native plant out with design. We found Robin very helpful in dealing with the Council to obtain resource consent which enabled us to retain the ambience we required.
Robin has the ability to adapt the design over a broad set of requirements whatever the garden setting be it small, large, private, pool setting, modern or formal.
We would have no hesitation in recommending her to other potential clients in fact we have.”