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What to plant in your backyard to help Canterbury's ecology

11 April 2024, 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Join Sam Martin, renowned kiwi landscape architect and Christchurch Foundation UK trustee, to learn more about what you can plant in your backyard to help Waitaha Canterbury’s ecology thrive.

Sam is a kiwi who was educated in Ōtautahi Christchurch, both for high school and university. He describes his time in the city as his “formative” years.

Sam is co-owner of the distinguished landscape architectural practice Exterior Architecture Ltd who work across the UK and Europe working on the design of large-scale urban developments, town centre renewal and master planning. Sam has designed several high profile "kiwi" gardens in the United Kingdom and is a passionate advocate for our native plants.  One of these is the redesign of the largest of New Zealand native plants outside of New Zealand, in Savill Garden.

Savill Garden is Britain’s finest ornamental green space, with the plant collection situated adjacent to a new visitor's centre designed by Glen Howells Architects. Working alongside the Crown Estate design team, we developed a conceptual and detailed design, providing detailed planting guidance for the installation of the scheme. Placing emphasis on the collection’s range of colour and textures, species are grouped to form strong blocks of flora and foliage colour, accentuated with striking vertical forms found in New Zealand flora. 

Sam lives in London with his wife and one of their children. The other two kids are studying back here in Aotearoa.

Thank you to Davis Ogilvie and Partners for kindly providing us with a venue.