Even on a gloomy, drizzly winter’s day, the view from Carl Gildea’s workplace is spectacular. Carl and his Willow Landscapes team are high on the hills above Halswell laying out a New Zealand-themed garden complete with a koru-shaped feature pathway and rocks of every shape and size.
“We were given a basic concept plan drawn up some time ago by a landscape architect,” Carl says. “And we’ve refined it and developed it into a working design. Our job has been the hard landscaping – the paths, the paving, the koru and rock features and the stone chip tracks, as well as installing an irrigation system for the native plants that the homeowner has selected.”
The rocks for the garden came courtesy of the neighbouring farmer. “He told us to just help ourselves from his rock pile. That was a bit easier said than done. Getting the big ones down to the garden itself was something of a challenge!”
But for Carl, challenges and turning complex design ideas into reality are what make his job as a landscaper so interesting. Willow Landscapes has quickly become known for being able to handle all aspects of landscape design and construction, from paving, decking, fencing and building block or wooden retaining walls to laying new lawns and replanting garden beds.
“We really enjoy the variety of work we do and the different locations we get to go to – everything from private homes to schools and churches.”
For a free quote call Carl on
021 536 442.