creative, practical, sustainable, permaculture-based

Rural & Lifestyle Block
Design & Planning


Carl Pickens Landscapes

Welcome to Carl Pickens Landscapes. We are a rural and urban design practice focused on sustainable, regenerative, ecological and permaculture-based approaches to landscape design and development. We are landscape architects with practical experience and formal training in organic horticulture and permaculture design.

Our priority is to provide a professional, exceptional and timely service that exceeds client expectations. Our team holds a common vision: A commitment to the way in which our work, at all scales, contributes to the ecological, social and economic resilience of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Our Areas of Expertise

Community & Public Spaces

We work inclusively with councils, community groups, iwi and not-for-profit organisations in the planning of environment centres, food forest design, eco-parks, urban farms and co-housing developments.

Rural/Lifestyle Block Design & Planning

We seek to balance the requirements for buildings, roading, water storage, waste water, structures, shelterbelts, productive gardens, native plantings and animals in the landscape.

Residential Garden Design

Residential garden design demands attention to detail. Our experienced landscape architects relish the opportunity to work at this scale with a diverse array of plants and materials.

Permaculture Consultancy

With more than 15 years experience in permaculture design and education, we offer a thorough understanding of the role permaculture plays in creating resilient, inspiring, and productive ecological landscapes.

Award-winning Landscape Architect & Permaculture Expert

Carl Pickens

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