Family’s enthusiasm transforms eyesore

A Tamahere family’s enthusiasm for native flora and fauna coupled with a wish for greater privacy has transformed a weed-infested gully into a newly accessible landscape of native plants and wetlands.

The family’s brief to Tamahere landscaper Mark Sherson was simple: transform this space from an overgrown eyesore into something that complements the rest of the property and provides a native legacy that will benefit the property for years to come.

The family also wanted more privacy from future neighbouring developments, said Sherson of Higher Ground Landscapes.

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Ovens add pizzazz to pizza

At a Tamahere property, family and friends are gathered for an outdoor meal. There is the smell of wood smoke, toasted dough and sizzling cheese.

The cook checks his watch, reaches for a long-handled paddle and, with a flourish, lifts the food on to the table.

It is a perfect pizza, the base soft and pliable, yet charred and chewy around the edge; the topping a colourful array of cherry tomatoes and basil picked from the backyard vege garden, plus molten mozzarella cheese.

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Local landscaper greens hospital

While Hamilton’s Braemar Hospital was closed for the Christmas break, a transformation took place on its upper floor thanks to a Tamahere landscaper.

In two weeks, a courtyard, previously almost devoid of plant life, was turned into a green sanctuary, with Nikau palms, native grasses and river rocks.

Braemar, the first green-rated hospital in New Zealand, commissioned Tamahere landscape designer Mark Sherson, of Higher Ground Landscapes, to come up with a design.

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