Skidmore Family

We recently engaged Michelle to completely overhaul an old garden, starting with a blank canvas. She was very through and meticulous , providing a comprehensive site plan that included designs that we had not thought about i.e. a circular lawn/garden, which twelve months on looks amazing and blends in well with our outdoor lifestyle area that we have created. Michelle organised all the ordering and placing of plants on the section which made very easy for us! She is well organised and a pleasure to work with.

15 Nov 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Frank & Clare Brown

Having employed Michelle McDonnell Landscape Design twice over a ten year period,once after the build and the second time at house planning stage, either way we were very satisfied with her knowledge, and natural flare of all spectrum's of landscaping.Michelle has always made this an exciting experience and shared our interest in developing the properties.Michelle's follow up service and visits plus results have always exceeded our expectations. Frank & Clare

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Julie Eynon

Small project, professionally executed down to the smallest detail. Michelle visited my garden, we discussed options and agreed on a plan of action. Michelle's design ideas are inspiring and she followed the project through with precision, organising the structural elements, plants and planting requirements. I am very happy with the outcome and highly recommend Michelle McDonnell Landscape Design

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Merrill Family

Michelle McDonnell's Landscape business were very professional and could be relied upon from beginning to end. Our project consisted of a revamp to part of our grounds. Michelle was thorough in her job from inspecting what needed doing, listening to our likes and requests, to formulating a design, discussing it fully with us, ordering the plants and contracting the gardener to carry out the work. Michelle would respond promptly to emails and has a bubbly friendly personality which made the experience all the more pleasant.

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Roger & Nikki Burley

We employed Michelle to totally redesign our garden. Michelle spent a lot of time talking to us about our expectations and the type of plants that we would not like to not have in our garden. We found that she worked these preferred plants into her plan expertly and gave us creative ideas for the harder areas. We are extremely happy with our new garden and look forward very much to see it through to it's maturity. Michelle was great to work with, knowledgeable, friendly, creative and delivered on time. We couldn't recommend her highly enough.

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Jennifer Bayley

Our 4 small gardens at the front of our house needed a revamp after being established for 10 years. Michelle was able to update them all and work with the larger palm trees plus existing plants and mix in new plantings, moving plants to new situations, resulting in a great new look! We are thrilled with the outcome and now have the WOW factor happening which is important for my Business as an Interior Designer who works from home with clients coming here. Also we rent our house out - It actually is important for everything to look the best it can for them as we have many bridal parties staying here. Michelle organised for the purchase of the new plants plus all the work to be completed in one day!
Looks amazing and both Paul and I love it!!

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Tracy Preston-Lett

We had previously had a crack at landscaping our property, at the end of our building project. We quickly realised that it was the finishing touch to our home and should be done properly by a professional. I had eyed many a project that Michelle had done so realised she was the perfect solution to 'fix' our effort at it. Michelle did a gorgeous job of transforming our spaces on budget and in line with our gardening capabilities! She listened to what we wanted to achieve and brought her talent and expertise to the project to ensure we got something we now absolutely love and adore! Michelle sourced all the aspects needed (contractors, plants, ongoing gardener to weed, prune and maintain) to make this a carefree garden that we are proud of. It looks stunning all year round and has added value to the property.

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

John & Deb

When we purchased our house is was very overgrown and the gardens were a mess, as total novice gardeners we needed some help as by husband was attacking things with a chainsaw.
We found Michelle on the Internet and made a time to meet with her before we had destroyed everything.
She was brilliant. She quickly put our minds at ease and listened to what we were after. She was so helpfully in recommending plants and ground covers that would suit our style.
She was happy that we did all of the hard work with removing plants and dug up the garden beds. She gave us a very detailed planting plan and was extremely helpful with any issues we had and was happy to take the odd phone call when we were unsure.
Now our gardens look great and all of the family and friend comment on it.
We are about to start on stage 3 of the plan and it is all coming together.
Thank you so much.
John and Deb - Grace Road Tauranga

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Allanah Mills

In 2013 Michelle McDonnell landscaped my inner city garden with a difference, taking into consideration my wheelchair, by using concrete paths and raised garden beds for access. This has enabled me to grown seasonal vegetables,plants,colourful flowers and herbs of my choice.

In 2014 my garden was in the Tauranga Garden and Arts Festival, from which i had lots of positive comments about the design and structures. I find it very therapeutic and exciting just been able to sit in my garden as it grows.

29 Sep 15

Debby Sanders

I have used the services of Michelle McDonnell Landscape Design at both our current and previous residential properties

In our former property we required a total redesign of the full 900m2 site. The design was completed by Michelle, with her hard landscape subcontractors undertaking the hard landscaping, with us doing the extensive planting. The design was precise, easy to follow and exactly what we wanted. It was structured, easy to maintain and had a good balance of foliage colour, evergreen and deciduous planting. The new owner, and the subsequent, say the garden was a significant influencing factor in their decision to purchase the property.

At our current residence - set on a 1.5 acre plot, Michelle has undertaken design on different areas including the design of our outdoor room, fish pond and is about to design a Mediterranean edible garden area to complement our existing vegetable and berry gardens. Michelle has also provided advice around hard and soft landscaping in other 'rooms' of the garden.

Michelle is skilled at translating our ideas into reality. She listens, applies something with 'extra interest' and realizes an obviously professionally designed garden.

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Christine Evans

I found Michelle to be extremely professional, prompt to respond to my initial enquiry and especially good at listening to the clients thoughts and ideas. Michelle's ideas fitted our brief perfectly, we are especially pleased with the outcome. The whole process was extremely efficient and we were very pleased with the quality of workmanship and plants provided.The plantings and hard landscape have transformed our outdoor area which we often get comments on.

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Gael Garrett

Michelle McDonnell Landscape Design
I have known Michelle for many years and have had my own gardens designed by her and also my clients having their gardens designed by her. She has a great eye, is a great plants person and just has a passion for her work. Michelle always strifes for perfection and is in tune with her clients requests. One garden in particular, very small at the beach and Michelle managed to get two garden rooms a sense of space, 3 trees and a fountain and 9 pleached trees without the feeling of clutter.

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz


I needed some inspiration for some areas of my garden after moving in approximately 8 years earlier. I called on Michelle to give me some much needed guidance. I love to garden but knowing plants that would suit the overall look required someone who could guide and inspire me. Her visit was very informal which I really liked as I didn't need a full on make over for this I was very grateful. Michelle gave me ideas and I then ordered plants from her as I was ready. I would recommend Michelle to anyone who needs some down to earth practical ideas. I am delighted with the finished look of my back yard.

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Wendy Barton

We have a large garden with established trees and hedges but needed to rejuvenate the gardens and outdoor living areas to complement the house renovations and changing our changing life circumstances. And to bring elegance and a ‘wow’ factor to our garden for a summer family wedding.
Michelle from the very beginning was interested and professional. Very prompt with all communications throughout the process. In the first walk around she took the time to find out what we wanted from each area – short term and long term. This was great as it clarified our thinking. As some of the work was structural all was carefully measured and a FANTASTIC plan drawn up – for the building work and accurate plant numbers. This was simply wonderful to work with.
Michelle’s plant suggestions have worked perfectly with the house and the vision we had. Not only do they look great, but from her comprehensive plant knowledge they work perfectly for the conditions. To also help us Michelle sourced very well priced plants. Her outdoor living space (and front entrance) design work fantastically and get comments all the time.
The wedding was beautiful (many guests who hadn’t been here before thought it was a wedding venue. I am a celebrant and many who come here to meet me book to have their ceremony here as soon as they see the property.
Best of all – we love it.

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Peter Glausis

Michelle was given the task of designing and laying out a garden suitable for the home we were developing. We had several ideas of our own which we wanted incorporated in the plan.
Michelle listened carefully and made suitable suggestion before putting the final plan on paper. She then organised all plantings and laying of paths and courtyards etc.
The outcome is a garden commensurate with our home, attractive, easy to maintain and now that it is mature, it is a joy to live with.
I have no hesitation in commending her to anyone for design of a landscape which will undoubtedly enhance their property.

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Andrew James

My wife and I are novices when it comes to gardens and Michelle was just awesome to deal with. We consulted with her very early on in the picture and it was great to build up a rapport and ongoing relationship with Michelle. We essentially put our trust in her and sub contractors and we are thrilled with the outcome! Her follow up service was excellent and no email/question went unanswered. It is with pleasure that I write this review for Michelle.

29 Sep 15

Peter Rollo

My wife and I consulted Michelle McDonnell to provide landscaping design for our large residential property. Michelle listened to our requirements and came up with a plan that encapsulated our needs and aspirations for the various parts of the property, and she then supervised the sourcing of professional contractors to do various aspects of the landscaping work (retaining walls, stone and block work, potager garden, new lawns etc.). She then attended to the extensive garden and tree selection (in consultation with us) and the planting. The result is stunning and much admired. Subsequently, Michelle has continued (through her team) to provide a monthly maintenance service (spraying, trimming, tidying up, and when necessary, additional gardening or maintenance work) which has made our busy lives less pressured and the on-going maintenance of the whole property significantly easier. This service, however, does leave aspects of regular work around the property for my wife and me to do, which we enjoy (vegetable garden, lawns predominantly, fruit trees, flower garden etc.), a happy blend of the required tasks but always with Michelle's team able to step into the breach if we need them to do so. Hers is an excellent service, in our view.

29 Sep 15 - View the full Review on Houzz

Reagan Douglas

We hired Michelle to design our landscape planting for our new show home at "The Lakes" Tauranga. Michelle did a wonderful job of providing the theme we specified. The end result was a testament to her ability and professionalism. We were very pleased with the finished job.
I look forward to working with Michelle on our next project.

15 May 15 - View the full Review on Houzz