gardens should capture the
beauty of nature around us,
be timeless in their application
and help us feel rejuvenated
and relaxed


Carl Pickens

With a mixed upbringing in Auckland city and on Kawau Island in the Hauraki Gulf, Carl developed an early love for nature, gardens and architecture.

He went on to study Landscape Architecture before travelling widely and setting up his own design practice in Auckland in 2000. Further studies in sustainable horticulture led him to a period managing a horticulture unit at an organic farm in Canterbury.

Carl now runs a Landscape Architecture practice from his property just north of Auckland.  In his own words ‘my experience from building gardens overseas, to growing food on a large organic farm, to designing contemporary gardens that respond to individual client and site nuances, has led me to where I am today. First and fore mostly I am concerned with good design that creates a real sense of enjoyment and satisfaction for people’.

Carl encourages people to phone him and discuss a potential project. 'I do enjoy that first informal chat, when things are being explored.  I can bring a lot of experience to the conversation and provide valuable feedback on what you have in mind’.

ellerslie winners      


Nick Robinson
MA(Landscape Architecture), CMLI, MIHort,
Chartered Landscape Architect.

Nick has more than twenty years’ experience of landscape architecture in New Zealand, Britain and the USA. Before moving to New Zealand he worked on significant projects across the north of England including a number of award winning landscapes of business, new roads, campuses, urban regeneration and parks. Nick has worked for 13 years in New Zealand, for councils and in private practice.

His experience and expertise includes sustainable subdivision, multi-residential for community and ecology, water sensitive design, streetscapes and private residences, with a focus on innovative and ecological planting design, living walls and green roofs.

Nick Robinson

Contact Nick on 022 176 8446

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