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So far Leigh Nicholson has created 74 blog entries.

Art or architecture?

By | 2018-08-28T13:45:30+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Blog|

Would you rather have an artist or an architect design your home? Having grown up in a family of artists and architects and lacking the required skills, I consoled myself with becoming a huge fan of Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra. Thus I always thought the architect was the right choice to build [...]

Curing obesity by addressing human stress levels

By | 2018-06-05T10:04:29+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Blog|

Did you know that there is an incredibly close correlation between the rise of obesity around the globe and human stress levels over the past 60+ years? Stress is also closely linked to increased social media pressures. And if you did know that, did you know that exposing humans to greenery, quickly decreases stress [...]

Replicating nature with soil based vertical gardens

By | 2018-05-20T14:59:03+00:00 May 20th, 2018|Blog|

In New Zealand, plants have evolved over millions of years to grow in tiny pockets of soil and many of our native plants simply grow in the trees. By replicating the natural environment and providing pockets of soil, Hanging Gardens provides great natural habitats for plants to grow in otherwise hostile environments. Using soil, [...]

How Hanging Gardens perform over time

By | 2018-02-12T10:42:32+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Blog|

Many people ask us how vertical gardens perform over time and this is a good question to ask! In the UK, ancient hedgerows support some 10,000 species of wildlife. These corridors of vegetation require little maintenance. With vertical gardens, we should be aiming for something similar, the creation of gardens that replicate nature and [...]

What is water worth?

By | 2018-01-27T15:16:51+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Blog|

In this blistering heat, I thought about water and how China is buying up large quantities of resources around the globe, to the extent that the very definition of sovereignty is changing. These resources include vast amounts of forests, farmlands, oil reserves, natural gas reserves, minerals and  of course watercourses and reserves. There are [...]

My wish for 2018

By | 2017-12-25T10:32:29+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Blog|

We only have 1 planet ! Some 30 years ago, the Club of Rome investigated how we are utilising the Earth's resources and they identified a number of planetary boundaries that we should not exceed. Regardless of the science, we have continued to ignore the impact of our behaviour  and are now starting to [...]

The Anthropocene Epoch

By | 2017-09-30T18:15:57+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Blog|

The impact of humans on the planet is now so great that we have a new geological name for it. The start of this age is now dated to 1945, when mankind littered not only Japan, but every spot on earth with radionuclide's. This pollution is now in the very bedrock of our home [...]

Top Tip 1

By | 2017-09-29T15:00:59+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Blog|

A new strategy for urban spaces Horizontal space is valuable so use your vertical spaces and grow your plants up the wall. Many of our NZ native plants have evolved over millions of years to grow in tiny pockets of soil in vertical conditions. Hanging Gardens replicates this natural environment by providing plants with [...]

Hanging Gardens for the NZ Flower & Garden Show

By | 2017-08-30T09:58:31+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Blog|

A new strategy for urban spaces For the first time in human history, more people are living in urban areas than rural areas. In addition, the global population is expected to increase from some 7 billion to 9 billion over the next 30 years. Landscape architecture and urban ecology need innovative strategies to ensure [...]