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Izone plants showcased in new landscaping book

25 October 2011

The work of Izone's landscape architect John Marsh features in a newly published book called "Native by Design - Landscape Design With New Zealand Plants".

The 16 page article focuses on John's challenge to transform a flat, dry farming pasture opposite Rolleston into a pleasant, native landscape in which to embed a thriving business zone.

Christchurch based architect John started the Izone project back in 2002 and set out to mould the 180 hectare site into an attractive "Canterbury Plains' setting for both business and workers, whilst also encouraging local wildlife.

With the concept of creating a sustainable and pleasant working environment, the master Izone plan includes jogging and walking tracks as well as seating areas. Despite being a high density business zone with over 37 established companies to date, Izone maintains a feeling of space and tranquility with uninterrupted grand views of the Alps.

Keen to keep in touch with its surroundings, Izone is a member of Selwyn District's Te Ara Kakariki Greenways Programme which aims to grow a green corridor of plants from the Alps to the Ocean.

John says "the objective was to introduce colonising plants that would set seed and restore a 'natural' system of green corridors - something that was dynamic and able to find its own balance."

Testament to his work today is the ever growing clusters of Cabbage trees, Manatu, Totara, Kowhai, shrubs like Mikimiki and Korokio and grasses such as Wind grass, Glen Murray and Silver tussock.

It's hoped that as the higher canopies became more distinct it will boost the local ecology by providing a habitat for birds such as Fantails, Pipits and Grey Warblers.