A Few Words

About Karen


A Few Words About Karen

Graduating with a B. Hort Sc from Massey University, Karen Wealleans has practised landscape design and implementation in many diverse climates, soils and cultures
As owner /director of Changing Spaces Ltd for 20+ years, her garden projects were featured in Home and Garden Magazine and were also chosen for the Garden Design Society 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 which have a quiet energy and tranquillity. A sense of mystery and blurred lines, but at the same time, highly functional and practical. 

Decks, patios, swimming /spa pool and lawn areas are carefully designed in consultation with her clients and their subsequent feedback, to bring maximum enjoyment and integration within the garden. Children’s play areas, developing bounteous plots of organic produce 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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