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  • February 15, 2023

Gardens, as all gardeners know, are more than an outdoor (well, sometimes indoor) repository for plants. In the simplest terms, they are – at different times to different people – a font of inspiration, a source of nourishment and even an outlet for creativity.

For Dunedin’s Malcolm Wong, there is one specific garden that serves a far greater purpose than even all this. Wong regards Lan Yuan as his tūrangawaewae.

Wong, a chartered accountant who was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2022 New Year Honours list, explains it was the creation of Australasia’s

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  • October 2, 2022

Are the best gardens grown or inherited? Would you prefer to add your personal touches to evolve someone else’s vision, or a blank canvas to create something entirely your own?

There’s obviously no right answer and not everyone has the opportunity to start from scratch. But for Bruce Batten, finding a bare section to transform into his garden vision was an essential part of his return to New Zealand, with his wife Sharon, after decades living in the UK.

The couple eventually found their perfect blank canvas on half a hectare of land surrounding a brand new modern home in

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