As a young man, Frank Boffa spent months hand-digging a gully for camellias in Wellington's Botanic Gardens.
The back-breaking work did nothing to put him off his love for gardening. That passion moved on to landscape design and resource management and has seen his hand in some of New Zealand's most well-used public spaces.
Today his hard work has seen him made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Frank Kitts Park in Wellington and Cornwall Park in Auckland are just two of his masterpieces.
Speaking from his Waikanae, Kapiti Coast, home he said the letter telling him of the honour arrived a month ago. "It was a surprise. I didn't really think about it."
- The Dominion Post
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