Taranaki Garden Festival

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Return to Paradise

Free to the Public during the Festival

In the heart of New Plymouth, landscape designer Michael Mansvelt has transformed a high-profile space into a pop-up rainforest beside a stream.  

Using luxuriant planting with sound and lighting elements, Michael’s landscape design project Return to Paradise is a restful and reflective place for people to ponder “what was here before?”. 

Temporary planter boxes, “as much greenery as possible” and places to sit, will all help people enjoy returning to paradise. “One of the objectives is to get people to sit there, enjoy the space and take it all in,” he says. 

“I want people to feel inspired; it would be really lovely for people to feel a connection to the earth and the native plantings and be inspired to do similar plantings in their own gardens. There’s space all around that’s really under-loved that we could be planting.”  

This year’s project flows on from Lost Paradise, the highly successful landscape design project Michael created on the edges of Pukekura Park in 2016.  

Michael Mansvelt is a much-lauded designer of beautiful, timeless and inspirational landscapes, houses and interiors. With his New Plymouth-based team, he works on projects nationwide, taking a fresh approach to time-honoured principles. 

As a landscape designer, Michael has starred in television gardening shows Back to Basics and Mucking In. He is also a regular writer for Your Home & Garden, had many of his design projects featured in national magazines and is now working on Everyday Opulence, a coffee table book covering his interior and landscape design.  

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