top of page
Customer references about HEDGE Garden Design, best garden landscaping in Wellington

Customer Raves & References

It has been an absolute pleasure to have had your advice & design for the garden and I am really happy with the final result. You have been so helpful, reliable and good with your communications that the whole exercise has been smooth flowing and free from anxieties. I am receiving many compliments! Thank you so much!


Thorndon, Wellington

Rachael is absolutely fantastic and we’re both thrilled with the garden she designed for us.

We asked Rachael to design the hard landscaping as well as create a planting plan. We love what she came up with and she was great to work with – creative, fun and very conscientious. 

We were particularly impressed with how she detailed and itemised everything. Having just completed a major building project, Rachael really distinguished herself by being totally transparent around billing and costs.



We called Rachael to help us redesign our outdoor area including the hard landscaping and irrigation. She listened to what we liked and came up with a stunning design that we are absolutely thrilled with. The garden has beautiful structure but isn't 'formal' and the plants Rachael chose give us a different look each season while continuing to evolve as they mature. Our garden has been hugely admired and we have recommended Rachael to a number of our friends.


Lower Hutt

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Rachael and the Hedge team. We undertook a major house renovation and were looking for a contemporary and low maintenance outdoor space to complement our home. Rachael advised us on the best plantings for our section, and she and her team undertook the work. Two years later we are still thrilled with the results. We live in a high wind area, the plants have thrived and the outdoors looks great.


Mt Victoria

Rachel was awesome. We had done some work ourselves but got stuck with our challenging site. She completely got my brief. Her design absolutely nailed it. And my husband loved it too. She was extremely organised, everything in the design was costed and documented; plant varieties, sizes, labour, mulch, everything. And most importantly we love the finished result. We can't wait to move on to the next part of the garden. We will definitely enlist her help again. It was money well spent and we came in under budget!



We needed to redesign our back garden to make it more family friendly. Working with Rachel was very fun and she presented some ideas that were incredible. We are so happy with the results and truly love our garden.



We wanted to transform our backyard into a space that allowed space for our kids to play sport and matched the contemporary and minimalist style of our home. Hedge transformed our backyard into a very special area that achieved exactly what we wanted. We had lots of fun in the process and continue to be really well supported by Hedge for all our ongoing garden needs.



I cannot recommend Rachael Matthews of HEDGE Garden Design & Nursery highly enough. She is very professional and knowledgeable and assisted us to landscape, plant and transform both our front and back gardens within budget and in a timely fashion. Rachael was on our wavelength from the start and helped to enhance the existing garden at the back by incorporating some structure, and overhauled the landscaping and planting of the front garden while saving our most treasured plants for re-use in the new garden. I was very impressed by Rachael's knowledge of plants, the conditions the different plants thrive in, and the way her choice of plant or flower colours harmonised together. Rachael also interfaced brilliantly with our landscapers. We were lucky enough to have our garden featured in NZ House & Garden, in large part due to Rachael's efforts. We highly recommend Rachael and HEDGE Garden Design and Nursery.



Rach listened to us and interpreted our vision for the courtyard. She drew up an excellent plan for both the hard surfaces and planting. She advised on sub-contractors and the whole process ran smoothly. I highly recommend using Hedge Garden Design & Nursery.


Mt Victoria

We love our courtyard garden designed by Hedge - perfect for the space and our house. Rach did a wonderful job and her followup 6 months on has been fantastic.



Rachael was a welcome addition to the team and was the designer I was looking to complement the renovations we had done to our Victorian family home. Rachel helped us develop the three dimensional elements to our preliminary ideas. Rachel's other projects resonated with my wife, who embraced Rachel's structured designs. Rachel comes with a network of trusted advisers and contacts. Both Sarah and I are very pleased with how the garden has developed.



We are so pleased with the garden, you and your team have really done a spectacular job.  We get so much pleasure from it and I am no longer filled with panic every time I walk around the garden.  Thank you. 

Rebecca & Adam


Rachael drew up a plan for our garden and hard surfaces from a blank canvas. Although she was happy for us to vary this plan we didn’t and are very impressed with the result. We found Rachael very professional and easy to work with and she offered great advice throughout. We would not hesitate to recommend Hedge Garden Design & Nursery to anyone.

Margaret & John

Lower Hutt

Hi Rachel, I've just paid this (invoice for a garden consultation) - it was worth every cent and more. I may not be able to implement everything right away but it is fantastic to have a plan. It was lovely to meet you and I hope to see you again. I'll keep you posted on the progress. 




Hi Rachael - our buxus balls arrived safely and in great condition thank you. The delivery driver was excellent with great communication well before delivery and immediately prior to arrival. They buxus are all planted and the garden bed looks fantastic. Thanks for your advice and service. Much appreciated.




I have been inspired by you for many years and have bravely tried to follow some of your wonderful advice and ideas over the years in various gardens for myself and my sister and even my mother overseas in south america has enjoyed your creations, particularly the transformation of your mother in laws garden. So thank you for your great website.


New Plymouth


Thanks so much for your consult today. You have fabulous ideas !




Thanks Rachael, the plants have arrived. Pleasure doing business and the plants are fantastic. Many Thanks



The topiaries arrived this morning in a beautiful big truck filled with plants.  

They are amazing i am super happy with them.  Just need to work out large pots or garden placement for them. Should have got u too help with me with , 🧐🥴 Just live too far away. 

Anyway thanks again they are awesome. Great way to start the week 



I just wish to thank you so much for your time and ideas into making the entrance way something special



Hi Rachel - Topiarys arrived safely all intact. Thank you. They are very healthy and looking good. I'm delighted.. Cheers,


Palmerston North

Rachael - the garden looks fabulous, the design & proportions are perfect!!! The curve of the path now becomes integrated into the whole design and is its own feature. Thank you for your patience, it has been worth the effort. Marvellous, we are all smiles :)


Wellington City

The church garden is fabulous - as we knew it would be. And everyone who has seen it so far is amazed and delighted. What a transformation. So, a huge thank you - for your design, and your patience, and the superb execution.


Te Aro

Thanks so much for the lovely design and planting. We are really happy with everything


Lower Hutt

One very happy contented customer :) Thanks again for your creative, expert work. Very happy.


Lowry Bay

Thanks so much for my new garden! I love it and you and your team have done a brilliant job. I am very lucky. With thanks.



A couple of years ago I ordered & received 100+ Muehlenbeckia astonii from you. They are now big enough to start forming a hedge & I am very pleased with the result. Thank you.



Just a note to thank you once again for a great visit to your nursery and to hear about your design ideas and your business. It was very good of you to devote time to us. You appear to have lots of clients anyway but I hope that our group will spread the word on what you can do for them, their children, grandchildren and friends. You have great expertise and lots of inspiring ideas. It is interesting to me that you reiterated what I have discovered for myself that experimenting and discovering what works for your particular garden is often the best thing to do but, of course, your experience of a wide range of gardens, conditions and plants is also very helpful.


Lower Hutt Business & Garden Group

Just to let you know the plants have arrived safely and are in superb condition. Again, thanks for all your help, it was very much appreciated. 



I cannot tell you how beautiful my hydrangeas are. They are the highlight of my garden, thank you very much.



Beautiful Toparies - THANKS so much Rachael Such a great quality of plant - much better than what I missed out on buying. So very pleased I found you and your plants!!




Thank you so much for a wonderful and inspiring talk. Who would have known that such a dreary day would turn out to be so fabulous!


Wellington Hutt Valley Garden Group

Thank you so much for this beautiful design - Koru Parterre. I was in Wellington, my sister Annie's "home" for the weekend for her funeral and celebration of life service. That weekend was also the earthquake in Christchurch and the weather in Welly was so wild, black skies and sleeting rain. I enjoyed many hours wandering the botanical gardens, and had spent many happy times there with my sister, and feel she is back home in Wellington after treatments here in Brisbane. And I came across your awesome, breathtaking plant design ... Koru Parterre. Just wanted to let you know how inspirational and touching your work was.



Am absolutely thrilled with the garden. Thanks so much, as I said it looks fantastic and some are even flowering - DELIGHTED!!



Rachael - Thank you so much!! We couldn't have done it without you. You have made such a tremendous difference to our garden.



Thanks you for your prompt response. Since you were here, we have .... You are a breath of fresh air I must say.



Hi Rach, the plants have all arrived in perfect condition thank you very much!



We are absolutely thrilled with how the garden is developing and your help in directing the show. Looking forward to the next stage.



Thank you just doesn’t seem enough! I love my Ivy tree – it is so special and I feel so spoilt. Thank you, thank you, thank you.



I am so thrilled with the new plant out! Thank you so much for your excellent plant choices, as always. Keep up the good work.



Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and inspiring us!

Seatoun Gardeners Club

What a delightful morning we enjoyed & learnt so much! You are so clever to create such a wonderful business. Thank you for hosting our Serendipity Garden Group in your beautiful home. Many thanks.


Serendipity Garden Group

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank you for your wonderful landscaping ideas for the new outside of the school. The plants look gorgeous and we love how they are in keeping with the rest of the school greenery. And the landscaping design is great and finishes everything off nicely. We also appreciate the quick and efficient way you organized for the purchase and planting of the plants, the areas were transformed in a quick and efficient manner. Thanks again.



Thank you for helping us make a wonderful garden.



Thanks heaps Rachael! It’s been great to see the garden transform into such a lovely way.



Dear Rach – I was thrilled with the plan you sent for the garden, it’s fabulous! I especially liked the coloured pics down the side, thanks.



Thanks Rachael. Your time was greatly appreciated and helped us clarify in our minds a plan. I have moved some plants around, potted up the standards by the Lutyens bench, and lowered the path into the garden. All excellent ideas. All the best.

Lynette & Ian

Lower Hutt

Thank you so much for lending me the topiaries and your great advice – you are a true professional and I hope your business goes from strength to strength.



Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas. Have given the garden a good weed and it is all looking lovely. We’re very happy with it and the planters too. Many thanks.



Thanks you very much for a wonderful evening - so stimulating!"

Wadestown Wilton Horticulture Society

Wadestown, Wellington

Thank you so much for organizing the plants for the garden. We are going to enjoy watching them grow. You are quite my favourite garden designer!



bottom of page