London-based Kiwi garden designer Sam Martin has finally seen his plans for a New Zealand garden in the UK come to fruition, almost three years after submitting plans.
The New Zealand Garden, located in Windsor Great Park’s Savill Garden, was officially opened by Prince Andrew last week. It is home to about 3,000 plants and arose out of a selection of New Zealand native plants given to the Queen during a visit in 1986.
Prince Andrew, who recently returned from a trip to New Zealand, said it was “great” to have the country’s plants close to his home.
Martin has taken inspiration from the plants and their habitats to create a landscape recognisable to New Zealanders.
He plans to maintain an interest in the garden to see it develop. “It will evolve and it’s a good opportunity to see what does work and doesn’t. We always experiment with plants and we’ve put a lot of thought into it but are not always 100 per cent sure it will all work. How plants cope with the conditions is what makes it interesting.”
The landscaping work was by Landform Consultants.
New Zealand deputy high commissioner to the UK Bronwen Chang said plant and horticultural links between the countries dated back almost 250 years to Captain James Cook’s first voyage to New Zealand, when Sir Joseph banks collected specimens and draw many of the country’s native plants.
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