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Create Your Outdoor Sanctuary

A space with quiet energy and tranquillity, a sense of mystery and blurred lines, but also highly functional and practical

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A Few Words About Karen

Graduating with a Bachelor of Horticultural Science from Massey University, Karen Wealleans has practised landscape design and implementation in many diverse climates, soils and cultures.

As owner/director of Changing Spaces for over 20 years, Karen’s garden projects have featured in Home and Garden magazine and been chosen for the Garden Design Society’s biennial garden tours in Auckland.

Karen took a sabbatical in 2017, travelling and volunteering around South and Central America for 18 months. During that time, she volunteered on permaculture farms, was inspired by environmentally-minded people and projects, and could generally be found off the beaten track.

This year she completed a Permaculture Design Certificate at The Eco school in Whanganui.

Karen’s design philosophy is to create outdoor spaces with quiet energy and tranquillity, a sense of mystery and blurred lines but also highly functional and practical.

Decks, patios, lawns and swimming/spa pool areas are carefully designed in consultation with clients to achieve maximum enjoyment and integration within the garden. Children’s play areas, bounteous organic produce plots and gardens with prolific biodiversity are also areas of special interest.

Karen has now relocated to Gisborne/Eastern Bay of Plenty and would love to discuss your new project with you.

Design Process

The garden design process has many aspects...

Site Consultation

Suitable if you just want just a few ideas to get started


Concept design

Showing the way all elements in the garden are arranged and work in together.
The design entails

  • meeting on site to discuss the ‘wish list’ and the site’s potential and challenges.
  • site analysis and survey with measurements and levels,
  • draft concept plan to scale – for discussion on site
  • final plan with dimensions, descriptions and elevation drawings.

NB Building Consent and or a Resource Consent may be required for certain garden structures, but this is discussed before designs are drawn up. 


Planting plan

A detailed planting plan shows plant position, name, numbers required and photos of the plants.


Landscape Specification

Description of work for contractor to quote -including materials and specifications.


Landscape implementation

This can be organized if required.

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