Awards success reflects skill and passion

Awards success reflects skill and passion
The company’s work on a large-scale garden, spread over 6 acres on a stunning rural property called Mangatahi, took out three prestigious awards at last year’s Registered Master Landscapers Awards.

Returning home to New Zealand in 2013 after many years working as a landscaper in high-end environments such as Buckingham Palace in London and luxury resorts and private residences in Bermuda was, for Julian Peach, the start of a new life and career.
While overseas Julian had been in charge of very large landscaping teams, and once back in Hawke’s Bay, he found himself starting over afresh and fully hands-on.
“When I began South Pacific Landscapes in 2013 it was not easy coming into the market in Hawke’s Bay. Here, you are recommended based on the quality of your work, so I had to prove myself,” Julian explains.
He could, however, see that there was a gap in the market for someone with his skills, qualifications and experience working at the high-end of the landscape design spectrum and it wasn’t long before the quality of his work began to reap rewards.
“I started to employ staff, build up a fleet of equipment so we could offer the full package of landscaping services, from design, installation to ongoing care and management.”
Such has been the growth in demand for the services he and the team offer that Julian can only describe the journey to date as ‘massive’.“Today, we don’t owe any money, all the gear we use is ours and we’ve had the privilege to under-take some really amazing projects.”
One, in particular, stands out for Julian, who as a member of Master Landscapers is the only sanctioned assessor of apprentice landscapers in the Hawke’s Bay.
The company’s work on a large-scale garden, spread over 6 acres on a stunning rural property called Mangatahi, took out three prestigious awards at last years Registered Master Landscapers Awards.
The project had a number of intriguing elements to it.
Several gardens were created, spaced apart to compliment each other and create garden rooms with views.
Kitchen, formal and secret gardens along with an orchard and camomile lawn were structured around existing 80-90 years old trees.
“We did every aspect of this project, including all the hard-landscaping, creating paths, driveway, pool, courtyards and even tractor-size compost bins.”
One other feature, a landscaping design element called a ha-ha, involved creating a recessed vertical wall, designed and positioned in such a way that views of the landscape beyond remained uninterrupted.
The garden received Design, Construction and Horticulture category silver awards.
Aware of just how important it is to keep control of a company experiencing unprecedented demand for its services Julian recently decided to slow things down a little, while more office staff and heading towards a paper-less business system were adopted.
Julian’s also passionate about establishing a strong trade-skill based apprenticeship pathway through BCITO and when Business Central spoke with him, he was actively looking to take on two more apprentices.
Beyond private residential commissions, South Pacific Landscapes is heavily involved with commercial work, such as beautifying the environment at the famous Craggy Winery in Hawkes Bay and at Napier Airport as well as consulting, designing and developing landscapes for sub-division property developers.
“It’s certainly not just a case of designing and planting in these situations.
“There’s a whole consenting aspect to establishing new subdivisions which is a discipline in itself,” he says.And as for the future, Julian intends to continue to grow in measured steps.
“It’s an exciting industry to be involved in and at the top end of the scale there are amazing developments taking place.
“I’m very happy with what we have achieved so far.”
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