Tongariro National Park’s Rain Forest, New Zealand. (Jayne Pullen, Senior Landscape Architect) So many to choose from but I have to admit the one that stands out is New Zealand’s rain forests. With the statuesque Kauri trees, the patterns formed by the abundance of tree ferns canopies and the dense ground cover of ferns and moss. You never seem to be far from a stream of ice cold water. It is an exciting, vibrant yet majestic landscape that often leads to beach. What’s not to like….Possums?
Tea Canyons of Wuyishan, China. (Gemma Tedaldi, Landscape Architect)
I have been lucky enough to have visited a number of beautiful international landscapes around the world, but the one that has always stood out to me has to be the tea canyons in Wuyishan, China. Incredible rock peaks fill the area around the river with hiking trails through the tea terraces and routes that run almost vertically up into the mountains at times. When I visited it was raining heavily but that didn’t stop me climbing / clinging on to the cliff face, to the top of the Great King Peak.
Blue Lagoon, Malta. (Mathew Hull, Landscape Architect)
I like Malta a lot, the view to Valletta from Sliema is fantastic as are the streets of the Capitol City. The Blue Lagoon, which is actually on the shores of Comino, is a stunning place. The water is clear and warm. There are small beaches but in most places the rock formations just tumble into the sea. It is a special place I have enjoyed diving in, being surrounded by shoals of fish.
The High Line, New York. (Kelly Laws, Landscape Architect)
I love Piet Oudolf’s ‘naturalistic’ planting style and it’s juxtaposition in an urban setting. It looks like nature has reclaimed an otherwise abandoned space.
City Streets of Jaipur, India. (Matthew Logan, Landscape Architect)
A few years back I did a three-week whirlwind tour of north India when visiting for a friend’s wedding. Of the many amazing places and experiences within these diverse urban landscapes, my favourite had to be the streets of Jaipur. With the intense busyness, people jostling through open shop fronts, wheeling carts of fresh produce through streets between the frantic movements of the tuk-tuk’s pulling up the dry dust on the streets. It’s a truly sensory experience, with impressive architecture and street scenes combining with the movements and activities of people’s everyday lives.