Connecting you with your garden.

Call us for any and all garden landscaping services on the West Coast. Whether you need advice, planning, design or maintenance, we can help.

Our team has a genuine passion for improving green spaces.
With over 25 years of experience between us, and the right tools for the job, there’s no garden too difficult!

Learn more about the services we offer below, or arrange a consultation.

DESIGN

REFRESH

MAINTAIN

“The West Coast is a special place, and everyone who lives here or visits here knows it.  I want to be part of transforming properties and beautifying neglected areas.  I want to live in an attractive town where people stop to enjoy our parks and gardens.  We have people driving through in their millions – I want to give them another reason to stop.”

Kate, Jess and Ben have done a fantastic job at Oak Lodge, Kate’s advice has been a great help.

I find Kate easy to communicate with, and she listens to want I want and need done around my property. She is very reliable, always letting me know when she is going to turn up – which is important so I can organise my dogs. She does an awesome neat and professional job. I would thoroughly recommend her service.

Fantastic workers, always showed up when they said they would. They did a great job clearing my section, at a very reasonable price.

DESIGN

Our customer-first approach to our work puts us a cut above the rest.
We listen to what you want, understand your vision, and transform your ideas into a workable plan.

As we design and work on your garden, we are always considering how each area will be used and enjoyed.   This elevates your garden from a show piece, to a practical and functional living space that reflects you, your goals and your tastes.

We can take your garden project every step of the way, from an initial consultation, to a drawn design, to sourcing the materials and implementing the entire plan.  We can organise and oversee any work that needs to be outsourced, we have nurtured relationships with other experts and tradespeople who we trust to meet our clients’ standards.

We can break a project into staged progression, or even only supply part of the process – whether you need just a design to work from yourself, or have a design and would like us to implement it.

REFRESH

Everyone who’s ever had a garden, knows how easily it can get away on you.
Restoring overgrown gardens is our speciality, as our extensive experience allows us to quickly identify and prioritise what needs to happen to bring the garden back on the right track.

Our extensive plant knowledge means that we can spot the treasures growing in your garden, and give them the correct care to help them thrive.

We have the right tools and industry contacts to get the job done neatly and efficiently.
If any part of the work is beyond the scope of our team, we have a network of trusted contractors we can call to lend a hand.

Most people are surprised at just how much comes out of an overgrown garden, we can take your garden waste away for you, or leave it on your property in a place that suits you.

We always tidy a site to the best of our ability before leaving, this is something we pride ourselves on and is included in the cost of any quote or invoice.   If it weren’t for the drastically changed garden, you’d never even know we were there! 😉

MAINTAIN

Even the most low-maintenance garden requires regular work.
Nature is forever trying to reclaim land to wilderness, and most plants need a human touch to look their best!

We can advise you on an appropriate maintenance plan for your garden and budget, whether you just need the consultation for your own guidance, or would prefer to leave it in our capable hands.

We specialise in weeding, pest and disease management, soil improvement, spray programmes and pruning work.
We no longer take on lawn-mowing, but we can recommend someone who can help you.

When we come to work on your property, you can trust us to treat it with the utmost respect.  We endeavour to leave everything in the same or better condition than when we arrived.

ABOUT THE TEAM

We have a small but closely knit team, with a diverse range of expertise between us.  When we put our thinking caps on, there isn’t a problem we can’t solve. We enjoy a challenge and an honest day’s work.
Our team synergy allows us to work quickly and effectively, we can practically read each other’s minds, and we bring fun and jollies to every job we work on, even the really hard ones!
Sometimes our excavation manager, Gus the dog, joins us on-site (with permission!).

Not named here, but deeply appreciated, are all of our supportive local suppliers, contractors and businesses we work alongside with.

Kate Duthie

Kate Duthie

Owner/Operator

A mountaineer and nature lover, with several successful businesses under her belt, Kate’s life has taken her to the wildest landscapes including Greenland, Scotland, Canada, Kangaroo Island, Iceland and Mt Cook Village.
But the wild West Coast was always home, and when daughter Stella was born at the old Grey Base hospital, she knew it was time to put down roots.

Before coming back for good, she lived between Greymouth and the Little Big Tree Company in Christchurch for 7 years.  There she was personally mentored by multi award-winning landscape designer, Chris Goom.

Knowing that she wanted to keep working in horticulture, but live on the West Coast, she consolidated all of her past experience with plants and business management to launch Grounded Garden Services in 2018.

Kate’s passion for horticulture is infectious, as is her deep appreciation for the beauty of the West Coast.

Jess Hatton

Jess Hatton

Head Gardener

Jess’ garden journey started early, pottering alongside her keen mum and dad planting veges, bedding and natives.  But it wasn’t until her OE in the UK, living in a tiny flat without a garden and obsessively poring over plant catalogues, that she realised horticulture was her calling.

When she came back to NZ, she lived and worked at the original site of Koanga Gardens, where she learnt permaculture principals and effective organic gardening.
This led to a job at California Garden Centre in Wellington, around the corner from where she grew up, reunited with the place where her love of all things leafy was born.
There she met her partner, and together they set off on a new adventure in their favourite spot, the West Coast.

It wasn’t long before she bumped into Kate, spying an article about her in the local paper, and the rest is history!

Dave

Dave

Everyone needs a Dave in their life; honest, hard-working and the nicest bloke you’ll ever meet.
Dave used to climb mountains with Kate and they’ve been good friends since – they have some incredible stories, between them.

When the opportunity came to bring Dave into the fold, we seized it with both hands.  The only bummer about Dave is that he lives in Hokitika – but us Greyies don’t hold that against him. 😉

He probably wouldn’t call himself a horticulturalist, ‘Bushman’ is maybe more fitting, but Dave has a keen green thumb and a wealth of relevant experience from his time working alongside an arborist.

He’s really helped us tighten up our work processes, and has made our job tidy-up so much more efficient.  He has a particular talent for squeezing three ute loads of greenwaste into one, we don’t know how he does it, we just shrug our shoulders and remember to be grateful that he’s part of the team!

Gus

Gus

Excavation Manager

Gus loves getting up and going to work every morning, he’s usually in the truck before we are.
He makes sure we arrive on time, he checks every site for hazards and reminds us when it’s time to call it a day.
It’s easy to leave tools behind on a job, so it’s great to have his help to ensure everything makes it back home.

 

We’re the team to get that niggling garden job DONE.

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