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



Richard and Jo Beddek, Mangonui, Northland.
We employed Carl Pickens as our landscape architect for our building project and we have been extremely happy with the work he has done for us. Our project had two aspects. It was a completely blank canvas on just over an acre of land and we were bound by the requirements of council who required a very detailed plan and report for resource consent. From the very early planning stages of the project, Carl was extremely helpful and provided us with detailed plans and plant information. In a combined effort we were able to finalise a hard landscaping plan and planting plan that suits the site perfectly. On site visits we were able to take advantage of his expertise when we were finalising the orientation of the house and moving the large amounts of fill around the site in accordance with the landscaping plan. Carl is also very hands on. He arranged for the purchase of the plants for the first stage of planting and along with two others came and spent a week helping us plant. We were so grateful for this assistance. It certainly got the project underway and gave us the confidence to carry on! Carl has remained interested in our project and we are in contact as it progresses. Carl’s knowledge in all aspects of landscaping, plants and gardening methods is vast and we could not have done this project without him. We would not hesitate recommending him to other potential clients.

Gillian Morgan and Eugene Sparrow, Mt Eden.
Carl came highly recommended as a practical and friendly landscape architect who could help transform our much unloved garden. He has not disappointed! From the outset, Carl has carefully listened to our requirements and thoughtfully presented us with a plan that far exceeded our expectations of what was possible on our property. We found Carl to be highly professional, responsive and innovative, sympathetically matching his design ideas to the property as a whole and our needs as a family. We would recommend Carl without hesitation and look forward to enjoying our newly landscaped home for many years to come.


Michael Watson, Auckland.
After trying and falling with a number of landscapers and designers we asked Carl to help us with our landscape design. The result is fantastic and has transformed a garden area that we couldn't use into a stunning outdoor area. I highly recommend him.


Philip Hamilton, M.D. Oamaru
I am writing to strongly recommend and endorse the service provided by Carl Pickens. We were impressed by his winning design at Ellerslie Flower Show and contacted him to help us design a large pool-side pergola at our home in Oamaru. Carl provided an exemplary service, listening attentively to our requirements and came up with helpful suggestions. He developed a scheme which was well thought out, practical, and provided for our needs. It is highly original and attractive. He contacted and negotiated with suppliers and managed the entire project in a faultless manner. I can personally recommend his design and management service.


Avenues Magazine Article April 2009, Till we meet Again’ by Laura Keddell
Take Five, by Carl Pickens, was a stunning combination of sustainability and beauty. He had vertical plant walls (edible and not), slimline rainwater tanks, compost and worm farms, boardwalks made of vitex from Greenpeace’s Solomon Islands plantation, permeable pathways so all water returned to acquifers, and tiled roof gardens roofing his shade structures. All this, and he managed beauty as well.


John de Geus, Auckland
I have recently had my property completely re-landscaped. In order to get this done I consulted Carl Pickens, Landscape Architect, to provide me with a plan. The result has been outstanding. It has amazed not only myself but all my friends and family. The property now utilises all areas to the utmost and is a joy to look at. I also found Carl very easy to deal with; amenable to my suggestions but able to lend his expertise and make the major changes required. I therefore can recommend him for any further works without hesitation. I am also happy for an inspection of my property if that would be helpful.


Nicola Johns, Auckland
Carl’s garden plan has clearly been driven by our brief and what we required. It shows how he listened intently to our wishes from the first meeting and reflected these in the plan. This has resulted in a unique layout for a small site which is practical and has the structural requirements for a productive garden. Carl worked sympathetically with the house design, and the garden incorporates both formal and informal areas in a precise layout, with a soft planting scheme. His design creates space for relaxation (especially in the entertaining area), and he managed to retain the view which was essential. The outside areas flow and blend with uncomplicated and sympathetic structures and finishes.


Richard Evans, Director, Benchmark Homes.
We approached Carl to provide a vision for our 10 acre lifestyle block that would incorporate Permaculture principles whilst having an architectural backbone. To our amazement and excitement he far surpassed our expectations with his vision. He totally nailed the concept and managed to develop a plan that both was genuine to Eco and Permaculture principals and had a strong architectural visual base.

We come from a design background and so had very high standards and expectations on Carl. To his credit he well surpassed these in a very short time. We found Carl related to us extremely well. Providing vision when needed and always listening to our wants and desires.

Nothing was ever a problem and the communication was always clear and professional. The whole process was seamless and effortless. Carl always listened and was able to at times do what would seem the impossible. From general concept to detailed drawings and specification he was totally professional and inspirational.

He has earn't our complete trust and respect through the whole process. I have no hesitation in recommending him in the knowledge he will greatly enhance the end result. Richard Evans, Director, Benchmark Homes.


Matt Morris, Sustainability Practices Coordinator for the University of Canterbury
I contracted Carl to offer organic gardening workshops for the University’s community garden. We needed someone with the theoretical knowledge of a range of organic gardening subjects and the ability to speak from experience of what works and what doesn’t, while relating easily to a wide range of people in a friendly and respectful manner. Carl exceeded in all of our expectations. Furthermore, Carl actually helped us grow our gardening group network because people attended workshops specifically to see what he had to say. When we did an in-depth analysis of our workshop series, Carl came up as one of our most popular presenters.


Reference from Nicola Bould, Port Chalmers Community Garden Coordinator
Carl's gorgeous design for our community garden was inspiring, and just the ticket for securing the lease of the land from the city council. Carl himself was wonderful to work with, he listened to our wants and needs and suggested ways of achieving them, and because we were just getting up and going did the whole design for free! so amazing - we couldn't have wished for a better landscape designer to cross our path right when we needed one. So Carl, a HUGE thank you from our community Garden.

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