Robyn Kilty's garden, NZ

It would be easy to make the mistake of thinking that the bigger the garden, the bigger the design challenge. But the exact opposite is true. The smaller the space, the more discipline is required for a good outcome, and discipline is about as rare as patience in gardeners! The smaller the garden, the less room for error. And if garden design is, as Sir Roy Strong once said to me ‘the art of fudging’, then small gardens give you a lot less room for the fudge-factor.

Robyn Kilty’s garden in Christchurch is really well designed to meet her need, and that’s to play with as much carefully colour-themed planting as she possibly can in a really small space. There’s about 10 acres of fun and colour there, squished into about 1/8th of an acre. Or less!

While I mention that this garden is in ‘suburban’ Christchurch, it is just a block way from the inner city, and is therefore often described as ‘historic urban’. It has been awarded historic precinct status by Council because of the many early colonial worker cottages,
still intact, after arriving in kitset form, from England during the mid 19th century. They were needed to house labourers building colonial Christchurch, when early settlers were pouring into early Canterbury, many of them hoping to try their luck in the goldfields of the West Coast and Central Otago.

Why not come and visit this garden with Michael in November –

#smallgarden #gardendesign #colour #travellingmasterclasses #robynkilty


  1. Al Flores on May 4, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Beautiful and what makes it even better it’s own style, not copied from somewhere else

  2. Mette Kristiansen on May 4, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Thanks so much for taking me through Robyn’s garden! Is this in autumn?

  3. Mi For You on May 4, 2021 at 12:12 am

    nice garden

  4. olives koster on May 4, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Wow nice love it 👍lets exchange

  5. FlowerFairy on May 4, 2021 at 12:21 am

    How lovely!

  6. Kim Williams on May 4, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Good ☺️

  7. Light Shift on May 4, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Fantasy. Poetry. You should have more views. Sad that the world is so superficial these days.

  8. FlowerFairy on May 4, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Loved this when I first saw the garden 🧡

  9. Anthony Willis on May 4, 2021 at 12:46 am

    I thought you couldnt grow a garden in NZ?

  10. Anne Michelle Johal on May 4, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Most beautiful cosy small garden I have ever seen … with awe and respect

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