how to | create a sunprint

A sunprint is a simple photographic process much that like of a cyanotype. It uses direct sunlight to expose an object onto paper. We love using flowers and foliage from the garden, creating easy and inexpensive pieces of beautiful, original artwork...

 

 

 

 

 

parnell rose garden | auckland

Roses undoubtedly possess a certain charm and that was certainly the thinking of the late Rosarian Nancy Steen. A lover of the old rose, Nancy devoted her life to the study and cultivation of the plant. Nancy's life's work is honoured at the Parnell Rose Garden in Auckland...

 

 

 

kitchen garden | candied rose petals

With Valentines Day just around the corner it feels like love is in the air! So we thought there was no better way to celebrate than to share with you a beautifully simple recipe for candied rose petals...
 

introducing | vernacular

We talk to Philip Smith and David Straight about their new book, Vernacular, which takes a closer look at the (fascinating) everyday landscape of New Zealand. Learn about their inspiration behind the project and how it came about...

 

 

in conversation | bill blair

We introduce you to Bill Blair, a traditional wood craftsman from New Zealand's South Island. Having recently featured on telly's Country Calendar, he tells us about his life and craft...

 

fruit tree pruning

In New Zealand July and August are the months to prune roses and fruit trees, as during these winter months the trees and plants are dormant. The aim of pruning fruit trees is to control the overall shape and height of the tree, to...

 

frida kahlo: art, garden, life exhibition

New Zealand is a beautiful place to live but sometimes every so often we wish we lived in NYC. Because if we did - we could go and see this wonderful exhibition on Frida Kahlo's garden. And if you do live there or are...

forest gardening

Whilst researching hedgerows for a project I am about to begin work on, I came across this wonderful YouTube clip on Robert Hart and his forest garden. Basically before the term 'permaculture' was coined there was Robert Hart. After WWII (where he was a military....

 

 

 

slow made

At garden objects we love items that are crafted by hand by true artisans.  A favourite of ours, and a new addition to the store, are the small and large French willow baskets. Inspired by Irish potato straining baskets, the round...