“The garden is a very important part of the living environment of the home,” says Kristina Pickford, architectural historian and owner of the Ballantyne House, a midcentury modern house in Christchurch, New Zealand. The 300-square-meter house, designed by New Zealand modernist architect Sir Miles Warren in 1959, sits on 2,642 square meters of land in the southern island of New Zealand.
Owners Pickford and Michael Wolfe have cultivated the garden, working with local gardeners, horticulturalists, and arborists since purchasing the property from the Ballantyne family in 2009. Maintaining the integrity of the garden and mature trees, the owners updated the garden with a steel pergola, raised vegetable beds, storm and wastewater drains, and an automatic irrigation system. Here’s a look at the gardens and property.