Landscaper has a Mexican theme

GREEN FINGERS: Former New Plymouth man Sheldon Barnett, 20, and friend Jordan  Hampson, 22, with their partially-finished entry into the Emerging Designs category at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch.
GREEN FINGERS: Former New Plymouth man Sheldon Barnett, 20, and friend Jordan Hampson, 22, with their partially-finished entry into the Emerging Designs category at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch.

Landscape designer Sheldon Barnett hopes his Mexican courtyard garden with a Kiwi twist will win him an international award.

Formerly of New Plymouth, Mr Barnett, 20, and friend Jordan Hampson, 22, have entered the Emerging Designs category of the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch.

The pair are the only two graduates of landscape design from the Waikato Institute of Technology among the eight other entries in the category.

Mr Barnett and Mr Hampson decided on a Mexican garden with an infusion of New Zealand, dubbed "New Mexico".

An award from the Ellerslie Flower Show would be an impressive addition to the CV, Mr Barnett said.

"It's a world-recognised award and flower show. To say you've even got an award at Ellerslie is huge and then to do well is even better."

And do well is what they plan to do.

"We're aiming for the top."

The courtyard features chairs imported from Mexico, a deck which curves up the wall, Corten steel panels with sun patterns etched into them which are backlit at night and white pavers surrounded by grasses giving the effect the pavers are floating.

The courtyard only had half its deck assembled when the Daily News spoke to Mr Barnett but he was confident they would finish by the Monday deadline.

Mr Barnett plans to stay in Christchurch and said an award could be a good starting platform for contract design work.

He is employed by a landscape construction company in Christchurch while working on some garden designs for a friend in New Plymouth in his spare time.

The awards will be announced on Tuesday.

Taranaki Daily News