To many of us, spending quiet time in green, calm places feels good. Research shows we’re soothed by the sounds of nature.
Gillian Vine appreciates a garden view through new windows.
A dash of rhubarb, a bright yellow wall or a whole room painted orange? Swap safe neutrals for bold hues and feel your mood lift, writes Nell Card.
Gillian Vine visits a prize-winning Dunedin garden.
Want to attract bees and other pollinators to your garden? These easy-to-grow perennials are proven to benefit everyone, writes Rebecca Lees.
Gillian Vine says art can enhance a garden.
Applying science to building will give us better performing houses, says Peter Wolfkamp. He talks to Kim Dungey.
Gillian Vine visits an impressive farm garden near Purakanui.
Gillian Vine looks for edibles that rise above the crowd.
In Big Ideas for Small Houses, Catherine Foster looks at a range of small houses around NZ and the strategies the owners used to get a toehold in the tight housing market. Built from shipping containers, this home was awarded eight stars by the NZ Green Building Council.
Gillian Vine chooses some flowers for indoors.
Gillian Vine is not surprised to learn that many gardeners want something different.
Gillian Vine goes round the Mulberry bush.
A prime spot to see wild birds, Dunedin Botanic Garden gives us an amazing opportunity to observe 40 different bird species close-up in their own environment, write Clare Fraser and Mary Thompson.
Gillian Vine considers ways to beat an insect that damages daffodils.
Gillian Vine gets excited about a new berry.
A Palmerston couple have transformed the town's former courthouse into a comfortable home.
This house, which is more than 150 years old, was once earmarked for demolition. Kim Dungey reports.
The Otago Lily Society's final bulb sale is being held tomorrow. Gillian Vine explains why this is the last such sale.
Gillian Vine finds some gardening essentials haven't changed in centuries.