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Watch This Space Landscapes

Young Auckland landscape designers Matt McIsaac and Mat Ransom, who wowed the crowds at the last two Ellerslie International Flower Shows in Auckland, are coming to Christchurch next year chasing the elusive gold medal.

The two designers were only 19 and still at Unitec when they first exhibited at Ellerslie in 2006. The youngest ever Ellerslie designers, they won bronze and the People’s Choice Award, at the same time launching their own company Watch This Space Landscapes.

They say it was a big gamble but three years on, the gardening design duo are running a successful landscape design and construction business based in Auckland. They work throughout the North Island and have designed gardens in the United States and Australia.

Matt McIsaac says they are excited about exhibiting at next year’s Ellerslie Show in Christchurch and will be chasing gold, after winning silver with their second exhibit at the last Auckland show in 2007.

“Ellerslie was a fantastic event for us in Auckland and with there now being no flower show in Auckland, it is important we are back exhibiting at New Zealand’s premier garden show.”

The born and bred Aucklanders made their first ever trip to Christchurch this month to source local materials for next year’s exhibition garden and were surprised at the flatness of the Garden City.

“This has influenced our design for 2010 which will play around with earthworks to get contours and height into the garden.

“One thing we always try to do with our exhibition gardens is to introduce new concepts that have not been seen before. Next year we will introduce some new fencing concepts and planting combinations.”

Matt says in the past they have challenged people’s thinking with different decking concepts.

The pair say exhibiting in Christchurch will be challenging and take them outside their own comfort zone. “We will be designing our biggest exhibition garden to date and that in itself presents a lot of new challenges but it’s also exciting.”

Matt says they tend to design “people-pleasing gardens which are not too far out there”.

“Our gardens are simplistic and user-friendly spaces presented in different ways. We want people to see themselves living in our gardens and to be able to take away ideas that they can easily introduce in to their own outdoor spaces.”

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