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From 2013 through to the middle of 2015, Philip Smith worked on a book project with David Straight, concerning a subject that is of central importance to O2 Landscapes’ work; vernacular (or everyday) landscapes. The book, ‘Vernacular’, was released in the spring of 2015. Within this website, David and I explain more about some of the objects and landscapes that we encountered as part of our travels, as well as describing aspects of what we explored within the book.


Rob Champion worked for O2 Landscapes for several years (through to early 2020), before moving to Sydney, where he has established his own practice. As with so many people with whom we have been fortunate to work together over the years, it was no coincidence that Rob ended up working with us – due to his broad range of interests, detailed knowledge of the natural world, and enthusiasm towards the pursuit of meaningful work.

Both of these qualities are demonstrated in the website of TARN, in which Rob has written interesting, well-written articles on plants, landscapes and culture. Rob”s photography on the TARN website is also worth viewing, especially a collection of beautiful images of Mediterranean landscapes (shot on film) that fed into design processes for projects that we designed together (whilst certain other images were taken on trips that we took together to wild places within NZ).

Titoki Nursery

Nelson plantsman, Tim Le Gros, runs one of the most interesting native nurseries in the country, specialising mostly in the propagation of the Nelson province’s distinctive flora (in addition to cultivating many Marlborough plants, and certain species from outside the upper South Island).

We have worked in closely with Tim on projects within the Nelson region, as well as utilising Titoki Nursery’s plants on projects elsewhere in the country.

New Zealand Plant Conservation Network

The NZPCN network was formed more than 20 years ago to bring more attention to New Zealand’s threatened plant species. Quite apart from the work carried out by the Network, a major reason to visit the website is its role as one of the best online resources about native plants.

Individual plant profile sheets provide information on the habitat, threat status and cultivation requirements of a large number of species. One of the best features of the website is the vast range of plant images, many of which show them within their natural habitat. Sometimes, photos like these can provide greater understanding than written accounts.

Seaflowers Nursery

As part of running one of the most interesting nurseries for perennials and bulbs within New Zealand, Kate Aston regularly trials little-known flowers, including rare species of SalviaThalictrum and Liatris (amongst many other genera).

We engage in ongoing dialogue with Kate about the possibilities that this opens up for planting design – especially for integration of responsible exotics and natives.