"The landscape designer who owns this seaside garden couldn't wait to plan and plant... especially those flowers" This is Michelle's test pot for coastal planting in the Western Bay of Plenty - described as Italian Coastal. Michelle has discovered some exotic species that thrive on dry coastal areas with sea breezes.
Michelle featured in House & Garden's 2018 Edition of "Outdoor Living"
The classic style of garden is described as: "Timeless Formal and Calm, the classic approach to designing outdoor living areas is based on order, balance, straight lines and symmetry. Zones are well defined, framed by walls or trimmed hedges that act to enclose the spaces. Shape, proportion and positioning are paramount to create elegance, solidness and tranquility"
Michelle travelled with the Auckland Landscape Design Society on a tour with Penny Cliffin and Ian Henderson from Hikoi Garden Tours. The tour included the various forms of Japanese garden from earliest forms of structure to Zen. Highlights were the temple gardens in Kyoto and the modern architecture of Tadao Ando on the art island of Naoshima
"It takes a village - from the Tauranga community to build a beautiful contemporary home in the Avenues". Featured in September's 2018 NZ House & Garden Michelle designed a landscape that draws you from the front gate with paving stones leading you into a courtyard pool. Low maintenance planting with high impact-it makes the most of the central location-harbour views in a nice leafy suburb
Outdoors enthusiast Michelle McDonnell has done things "back to front" on her Matua property.
She has totally revamped the gardens and grounds first, after having lived at their new home for just eight months, and is putting the finishing touches on all the exterior features before she and husband David even look at the house.
"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it"-Roald Dahl framed on Ben and Nicola Smith's bathroom. Well with a landscape plan, which Michelle produced, a wheelbarrow, 3000 plants and fencing - Ben still believed a landscape plan at the beginning for a new build gave him the direction for this project. Also...plant as soon as you can he recommends.