Ben Hoyle of Blue Gecko Landscapes
Designer Ben Hoyle has been surrounded by plants and creating gardens for as long as he can remember.
Since founding Blue Gecko Landscapes in 1998, Ben has evolved from humble beginnings to become one of New Zealand's most widely celebrated landscape designers, achieving numerous accolades and awards both nationally and internationally.
Based on the stunning Kapiti Coast, Ben's practice primarily works within the Wellington Region though happily accepts commissions throughout New Zealand and further abroad.
His artistic and uniquely innovative style coupled with his highly practical knowledge of plants and construction techniques translates beautifully within the outdoor environment, from traditional suburban gardens and inner city courtyards, to larger estate, lifestyle and civic landscapes.
We offer a number of services from on site consultations, design only concept plans (if you wish to build the garden yourself), through to tenders and construction. We pride ourselves on providing a high quality, no pressure or obligation service.
To make a general no obligation enquiry, please feel free to contact Ben directly for friendly and professional garden and landscape services.
LATEST NEWS-Official Press Release March 2013
Hoyle's Golden Run Continues at Ellerslie
Ellerslie veteran and crowd favourite Ben Hoyle has scooped his 6th Gold Medal at this year's Ellerslie International Flower Show. Titled 'A French Kiss in Akaroa', Hoyle's garden stopped visitors in their tracks with his signature wow factor that included a massive floating vine parterre over black water canvas. Islands of perennials were captured within the vine, and thanks to an association with the NGINZ many of the plants on display were new release and a real hit with the crowds. The garden also included a stunning sunken lounge pit filled with cushions where visitors could take in a unique perspective from below the waterline. View video of this garden at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWOlH4gxANw
The garden was inspired by the history of French settlers in Akaroa and sought to express how two uniquely different cultures and indeed garden styles could be combined and enhanced. 'I'm really stoked with the result' says Hoyle. 'I've had an amazing team of family and friends, friends of friends, and complete strangers who became friends to help make this idea a reality. We couldn't have achieved this result without them.
Environmental gardening expert, writer and broadcaster Ruud Kleinpaste, says the two trends that stood out for him at Ellerslie this year were sustainability and youth. “Look what the future holds. Take designers like Gold-medal winner Ben Hoyle, who is still young at 35. He is a veteran of Ellerslie having started at 21 and he has proven with this year’s stunning lakeside garden that he knows how to command a site,” Mr Kleinpaste says.
Hoyle first exhibited at Ellerslie in 1998, and has won numerous gold medals and supreme awards. He has established an international reputation for his unique and unconventional garden concepts that continue to be at the cutting edge of garden design.
Ben Hoyle's Gold Medal garden, 'A French Kiss in Akaroa' exhibition garden at The Ellerslie International Flower Show.