About us

So much more than landscaping

Babylon Gardens are contemporary landscape construction experts and designers, providing quality craftsmanship, loyal service, and careful installation and maintenance services.

Our wonderful team take pride in treating your property, with care and consideration. We understand how to enhance your unique environment to its absolute potential, whether it be reconfiguring and restoring what you have, or starting from scratch and turning it into something special that really works for you and your family.

We love nothing more than creating restful places to live, relax and socialise, and to play and produce.

Great believers in producing food from your garden we have fantastic ideas to produce edibles without sacrificing good design. We also love to include the evolving needs of children and family to suit your stage in life, whether it be pools and entertaining spaces, or enhancing the view from inside.

At Babylon Gardens we can either design for you or work with your own designer. We relish the challenge of making incredible spaces within tight limitations, and love re-contouring bigger sites to bring out their absolute best.

Things we do... anything you need outside.

Pools, decks, fences, patios, paving, tiling, stonework, vege gardens, service areas, kid's gardens, tree huts, water features, planting, maintenance, courtyards, outdoor rooms, lawns, pergolas, pagodas, bespoke furniture, irrigation, lighting

Our philosophy

Natural, Simple, Respectful

Babylon Gardens will create a peaceful sanctuary which gives you immense pleasure throughout the year.

We believe our landscaping should deliver a place that is visually stimulating to your own style and that creates the places and spaces you personally require.

In our own family life we like to keep things natural and simple, we avoid using chemicals in our environment, we use all natural or low voc products, and are very conscious of making use of local supply and tradespeople where possible. We also make sure our offshore products are from reputable, sustainable suppliers. Always working towards reducing waste and reusing materials when we can. Our own home and office is fully powered by solar energy and we will soon be testing a very pure, completely chlorine and salt free swimming pool in our tiny yard. Check out the pictures as we finish that off.

We believe in growing as much food in our own garden as possible, we have a very small section (smaller than most in fact — it was once a driveway) but it's all used down to the last inch — functionality rules here as well.

Craftsmanship and attention to detail are very important to us. A great garden should stand the test of time and get better with age. As every garden evolves with time, we love improving, adding and changing gardens as they grow.

Whilst on site we are acutely aware that it is your home. Our team are immensely respectful of your property and private life and will always try to minimise the impact of construction as much as possible.

Who we are

Jared Reynolds and Sandii McDonald are Babylon Gardens we are small family run business with some amazing staff behind us.

Jared

With over 15 years experience, the charming Jared started out initially specialising in stonewalls and building work. He is well known for his lovely gentle manner and ability to work like two people at once, in fact we often say "if only there were two of him." He has the ability to interpret a site and enhance the features and atmosphere, preferring to use mostly natural materials to compliment architecture and the surrounding environment. He is a careful and meticulous craftsman who leaves you with another dimension to your life, not just a garden. Jared's extensive experience in constructing and maintaining gardens in the Auckland area is invaluable to anyone wanting to start a project.

Sandii

Sandii has been in the garden all her life, she is passionate about design and all things green. A well regarded photographer for many years Sandii now runs the business and design side of things, keeps on top of drawings and planning and collaborates on design development with Jared. She is mad about plants with extensive plant knowledge, masses of creativity and life influences, Sandii is pretty fussy about how things should look and function, and (as a busy mum) understands the needs of other families well.

Fidelis

Fidelis is like an Ox and we mean that as a compliment — he’s the strongest guy we have ever met, everyone in the team is constantly in awe of of his muscles. He's a lovely warm and gentle guy and a dad of three. His enviable work ethic is an inspiration to all the young kids, you might even get lucky and see his beautiful Samoan tattoos!

Brendon

Otherwise known as Fluffy, Brendon is a ‘keen as’ fisherman and white water kayaker. He's the newest member of the team and is easily spotted around the neighbourhood by the boats attached to his roof. He grew up on a farm in South Auckland, you can tell that, by his ability to hang tough and the massive appetite. You know when he’s on site by the large lunch bags prepared by his mum! (LUCKY!)

Rachel

Fastidious is how Jared describes her, she will not leave a stone unturned while maintaining your garden, Rach is a true southland girl hardworking and cute! Also a mum she knows exactly how to make your garden look its best.

Jamie

Also very cute — Jamie works with us part time while she studies at Auckland Uni. Jamie is your quintessential outdoor girl — horses, kayaks, snow caves, mountains — mad about them all! Jamie is also Sandii’s niece, or ‘fake baby’ as we call her.

Jacki

Jacki is a numbers girl, that's five kids, six horses, loads of cars and she also does some of the Accounts and Admin, Jacki is a godsend for the office. She is also a super valuable kindy teacher most of the time and the most popular lady amongst four year olds in Auckland we are betting.

Various Projects

Edmund Street

Various Projects

Waimarie Street

Various Projects

Tainui Street

Various Projects

Chesterfield Avenue

Various Projects

Cheverton Place

Various Projects

Sayegh Street

Various Projects

Sayegh Street

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We have compiled a few goodies you've been asking for:

Planted pots, unique pots, pretty hoses and a few other treats coming soon. The small and medium planted pots are growing right now, ready to enhance your place, and the hand painted ones are painted by us right here in Auckland.

The Large and Extra large pots are put together on site as they are extremely heavy to transport planted, so if you choose the planting style you like and select the pot we can deliver and assemble that for you right where you want it, ready to admire.

Please email or phone us with any particular requests which we can do for you. Viewing can be done by appointment please call for a time.

Gardenlust Hoses

Jewellery for the wall

Gardenlust Hoses

Jewellery for the wall

These beautiful quality hoses are for the gorgeous home that you have worked so hard to create. Available in 20m and 10m lengths and three beautiful colours. Price includes Brass bracket and fixings. Made In Australia. Solid Brass Wallhook. Solid Brass Universal Fittings. Easy Spray Nozzle. Recycled Rubber Core. 10 Metres / 12 MM. Agricultural Grade Hose. UV Protected. Kink Resistant. AS 2620/1 Standard. 5 Year Warranty. Free delivery in New Zealand.

Tribal Pot

Small, Succulent Planting

Tribal Pot

Small, Succulent Planting

Full sun. Hardy.

Size:
250mm(h) x 250mm(w).
Total height including plant: 500mm.

$245. Delivery and installation within Auckland $45.
Pick up by arrangement — please phone or email.

Stroke Pot

Medium, Subtropical Planting

Stroke Pot

Medium, Subtropical Planting

Indirect light, shade and indoor.

Size:
350mm(h) x 450mm(w).
Total height including plant: 750mm.

$389. Delivery and installation within Auckland $45.
Pick up by arrangement — please phone or email.

Stones Pot

Various Sizes (Plants not included)

Stones Pot

Various Sizes (Plants not included)

Stones pot designed by by Stefano Giovannoni & Elisa Gargan, made of polyethylene resin by rotational moulding. 100% Recyclable. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Available in matt finish: black, white, anthracite, bronze, khaki, ecru. Availability 12 weeks. Free delivery central Auckland.

Sizes:
40 (800w x 650d x 400h)
70 (600w x 460d x 700h)
100 (860w x 640d x 1000h)
120 (1050w x 840d x 1200h)

Oval Fibro-Concrete Pot

Planted

Oval Fibro-Concrete Pot

Planted

Sun or shade. Hardy.

Size:
530mm(h) x 600mm(w) x 400mm(d).
Total height including plant: 700mm.

$389. Delivery and installation within Auckland $45.
Pick up by arrangement — please phone or email.

Concrete Pot

Planted

Concrete Pot

Planted

Sun or shade. Hardy.

Size:
440mm(h) x 400mm(w).
Total height including plant:1m.

$180. Delivery and installation within Auckland $45.
Pick up by arrangement — please phone or email.

Stripe Pot

Large, Subtropical Planting

Stripe Pot

Large, Subtropical Planting

Sun, semi shade or indoor.

Size:
550mm(h) x 600mm(w)
Total height including plant: 1700mm.

$796. Delivery and installation within Auckland $85.
Pick up by arrangement — please phone or email.

Base Pot

Black, Medium, Wild Planting

Base Pot

Black, Medium, Wild Planting

Full sun, perennial (dies down in winter). Includes ground covers which will trail over the side

Size:
350mm(h) x 450mm(w)
Total height including plant: 750mm.

$389. Delivery and installation within Auckland $45.
Pick up by arrangement — please phone or email.

Base Pot

White, Medium, Wild Planting

Base Pot

White, Medium, Wild Planting

Full sun, perennial (dies down in winter). Includes ground covers which will trail over the side

Size:
350mm(h) x 450mm(w)
Total height including plant: 750mm.

$389. Delivery and installation within Auckland $45.
Pick up by arrangement — please phone or email.

Bell Pot

Medium, Subtropical Planting (philodendron)

Bell Pot

Medium, Subtropical Planting (philodendron)

High quality German lightweight plastic pot. Indirect light, shade and indoor.

Size:
400mm(h) x 430mm(w)
Total height including plant: 750mm.

$389. Delivery and installation within Auckland $45.
Pick up by arrangement — please phone or email.

Cacoon

Cacoon

It’s your hanging chair, your hammock, your quiet zone.
Hide from the kids, or from your mum, read a book or sneak a sleep.

For Inside or out, made from high quality weather proof fabric.
Comes with rope and carabiner for hanging.

Free delivery nationwide.

Floating Bean Bag

Floating Bean Bag

Had enough of pool toys ending up as landfill?, then this is the pool accessory for you. Not only supremely comfortable in the water you can of course use it as your stylish lounger poolside all year round. Made from premium Sunbrella marine grade fabric this guy will last.

Waterproof, easy fill mesh lining. Superior, industrial YKK safety zips – non rust, hard-wearing zips

NOT SUPPLIED WITH BEANS
We recommend around 350L to 450L of polystyrene beans per bag.

Free delivery nationwide.

Globe Pot

Black, Medium, Desert Planting

Globe Pot

Black, Medium, Desert Planting

Full sun, or indoors — needs warmth.

Size:
400mm(h) x 450mm(w)
Total height including plant: 1100mm.

$389. Delivery and installation within Auckland $45.
Pick up by arrangement — please phone or email.

A bit of a history lesson...

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Gardens of Babylon are said to have stood on the banks of the Euphrates River in modern-day Iraq, although there's some doubt as to whether they ever really existed.

Legend has it the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II (604-562 BCE) constructed the gardens at his Royal Palace in the Mesopotamian desert as a love offering to his wife, who came from Media and who longed for the lush greenery of her mountainous homeland.

However, thousands of clay tablets from that period in Babylon still exist today. They describe in detail many facts about the city, its people and its surroundings — and yet records of the Hanging Gardens are conspicuous by their absence. The ancient tourist and travel writer Herodotus, for example, mentions nothing at all about the hanging gardens in his extensive descriptions of the city of Babylon and the surrounding countryside.

So are the hanging gardens of Babylon a reality or are they merely a myth? One suggestion is that when Alexander the Great's army entered Babylon from its barren surroundings, the soldiers were amazed by the lush growth of the date palms, olive trees, and other fruit trees. They later recounted their time in the city with increasingly fanciful detail. When they returned to Greece, the poets continued the tradition until, when told enough, the stories became accepted as fact.

What we do know is that archaeologists rediscovered the city of Babylon under a large mound that the natives of Iraq called Babil. More recent archaeological discoveries include the foundation of the palace, the Vaulted Building, and an irrigation well that may have supplied the hanging gardens with water. Massive, 25-metre thick walls along the banks of the Euphrates River, which could have been stepped to form terraces, have also been discovered. Some people believe the Vaulted Building was the site of the Hanging Gardens, while others believe they existed between the walls by the Euphrates River and the site of the foundation of the palace (Ashmawy). No one knows for sure.

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Phone: 09 575 3141 or 021 802 890.
Email: babylongardensnz@gmail.com
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Post: PO Box 125221, St Heliers, Auckland 1740.