Fukuoka Gardens

Eco Maintenance Case Study

In 2005, Fukuoka and Japan's National Urban Greenery Fair invited all seven of Fukuoka's sister cities to design a garden using flora representative of their own geographies. There were to be gardens from Atlanta, USA; Auckland, New Zealand; Busan, South Korea; Guangzhou, China; Bordeaux, France; Ipoh, Malaysia; and Auckland, New Zealand.

From our proven track record in enhancement projects, garden design and horticultural services, Auckland City asked Eco Maintenance to design and oversee the construction of a permanent garden in Fukuoka, to commemorate the opening of the National Urban Greenery Fair.

We set about designing a garden which would truly capture the unique characteristics of Auckland, bearing in mind that many elements of the hard landscaping, would need to be sent over in containers and constructed in Japan.

For several extended periods between May and August 2005, our designer spent time with a home stay family in Japan, whilst overseeing the construction of the garden in Fukuoka.

It was decided in the early phases of the design process that we would try to establish a ‘kiwi’ back garden. This was so the Japanese could gain some perspective of the NZ way of life.

We designed a deck complete with a BBQ overlooking a pool. The fences were painted with the Auckland skyline including Rangitoto. We were not allowed to import any NZ plants into Japan but we were able to source some genuine plants and some close look-alikes. There is a vegetable patch amongst planted areas of native NZ plants. At the entrance are two large aluminum panels with large – 2m long cutout silver ferns. These are striking and a fitting entrance to this NZ garden.

Dick Hubbard the then mayor of Auckland City traveled to Japan for the official opening ceremony. Eco Maintenance was very privileged to be involved in this project and have again demonstrated to the citizens of Auckland that we are able to carry out complicated building projects, even if they are halfway around the world.

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