Our work is our passion

Designer Gardens was established in 2003 and is run by a couple of kiwi poms. Father and daughter duo, Andrew and Serena Collins are hard working, down to earth and love to have a laugh on the job.

We pride ourselves on quality work, creativity, attention to detail and we provide excellent customer service, ensuring our customers are 100% happy with their new outlook. Our job is our passion, we love what we do!

Designer gardens is based in Auckland and specialises in planting, lawns, decking, screens, fences, retaining walls, pool surrounds and paving. We take on all sorts of jobs ranging from simple garden upgrades to full design and construction projects. Read more about Andrew & Serena (the creators) below.

Meet the Creators

Andrew Collins
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Favourite part of the job: The feeling of satisfaction upon completing a project, after a journey of mental and physical challenges to bring a vision to life.

Andrew was born in the UK and gained his qualification in Landscape Construction/Horticulture at Merrist Wood College, UK. He then went on to run successful landscaping businesses in England and Australia and  won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in  London.

Andrew and his family moved to New Zealand in 2003 and launched Designer Gardens shortly after.

When Andrew is not working hard in the garden he enjoys getting the blood pumping by participating in adventures with the multisport club. He enjoys keeping fit and also then recovering with yoga.

Serena Collins

Favourite part of the job: The relationships you build throughout the projects. It’s important to her to have an understanding and connection with the client so the process is enjoyable, and the desired result achieved.

Growing up, Serena worked alongside her father and admired his work. In doing so she discovered the challenge of physical work and enjoyed it, deciding that creating gardens was a career she was keen to pursue.

Upon completing her Diploma in Landscape Design, she realised Andrew was the best mentor for her in regards to learning the physical skills, and the tools to run a business successfully. It was time to start building this family business, and with the experience gained and two minds at work, it's been growing ever since. Serena won a bronze medal at the Ellerslie Flower Show.

When Serena is not working hard on the tools she enjoys getting out in nature by hiking and exploring remote parts of the country, and of course always searching for inspiration to spark new ideas.

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Favourite part of the job: Exploring new sites and smells

Polly is a valued member of our team, she is our site dog/supervisor. She’s great with the clients and maintains a calming vibe on site, assisting with challenges where patience can be tested.


Polly responds assertively to tasks and especially enjoys excavation or planting where digging is involved, but only on demand.