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The garden at Ngā Kaupeka (The Seasons) is testament to Phoebe and Dave’s shared vision, hard work and complementary skills. With Dave’s design background, and Phoebe’s horticultural knowledge, together they have created an abundance of functional, productive and recreational spaces on their 750sqm property.
The front garden is their entertaining area, where hospitality is shared with family and friends around an outdoor fireplace, and under the grape vine covered pergola. Planting in this part of the garden is low maintenance, with mature titoki, manuka and ti kouka.
The rear of the property is their productive garden. “As soon as we moved in we planted a small orchard, knowing the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time, today!” They have since built raised kitchen-garden beds, a glasshouse, composting systems, and a propagation area.
Dave’s design is the foundation of this garden’s aesthetic and functionality, and Phoebe’s love of both potager style gardens and permaculture principles have come together to create a truly inspiring urban scale sanctuary.
Phoebe is a strong advocate for soil health and has a wealth of knowledge from her diploma in sustainable horticulture and lifetime of gardening. As well as composting, she makes potting mix and soil recipes for healthy kitchen garden beds, propagates houseplants, saves seeds, creates wreaths with her flowers. “I am constantly learning more about the efficiencies of productive gardening - succession planting etc, and hacks for thwarting pests and predators – ie. birds!” Recently they we have established a beehive, which Dave and Harley tend together.
Phoebe has loved being in the garden for as long as she can remember, following her parents around the garden, gathering bunches of flowers to fill every vase available.
She worked as a florist during her high school years and went on to study sustainable horticulture and social research in youth and community development.
As a teacher, Phoebe is passionate about sharing her gardening knowledge, especially her interest in soil health which is at the fore of all her gardening practices. “My interest in gardening has always been predominantly in the productive space and utilising organic principles. I love the aesthetic of tidy potager gardens but have also increasingly come to appreciate the benefits and beauty of the less formal permaculture model including companion planting and food forests.”
Now its Phoebe and her partner Dave’s two gorgeous children, Harley and Kyla, who follow her around the garden, not just picking flowers but getting involved in every aspect of gardening. When she’s not gardening with her family, Phoebe is busy in the final stages of planning a community garden in a council reserve across the road from her place.
“What I enjoy most about gardening is the whole person benefit to be gained. From physically being motivated to be active in the elements in all seasons, to mentally being engaged in a focal practice that stills the mind to the task at hand, to socially connecting with like-minded folk who are invariably generous with seeds, cuttings, harvests and advice… What’s not to love!”
In recent years, my interest and passion for soil has taken the fore in my gardening and I am a big advocate for soil health as the basis of a successful garden.
The kitchen garden is in full swing with summer veg all recently planted following crop rotation principles. The flower garden is flush with early summer blooms, the orchard is buzzing with bees pollinating the fruit trees and the grapevines are providing glorious shade from the late spring sunshine. Lots to see and learn about in the garden at this productive time of the year.
Many of the plants we have growing will be available in seedling form, as well as a range of propagated house plants. Honey by the jar also available.
It was so nice to come and meet you and Dave and Harley and check out your lovely garden. It's so inspiring what you've done with the space. I totally want a glasshouse like yours.- Rachel, Auckland
I’ve had the wonderful privilege of visiting Phoebe’s garden. It’s an absolute labour of love!- Josie, Auckland
Phoebe has a beautiful garden and it was so inspiring; I came away with lots of new ideas. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming and we had a great time, despite the rotten weather! Thanks so much.- Jenny, Auckland
Our visit to Nga Kaupeka was awesome! Phoebe and Dave are so passionate about every facet of gardening they practice; sustainability, permaculture, organics, composting and their love of design. We enjoyed plenty of discussion on every little detail. They were so welcoming and we thoroughly enjoyed relaxing and socializing with them afterwards. We totally recommend a visit to anyone, they are such an inspiration. 5: 5- Herald Island Garden Club