FORM Garden Architecture

Award winning landscape architecture + garden design

FORM garden architecture Ltd. was created by award winning landscape architect, Craig Wilson, after 15 years working for two high profile Christchurch based landscape design/build companies. 

Craig’s portfolio from this time includes an extensive range of residential and commercial landscape project work throughout New Zealand. His design work has received numerous national landscape industry awards and has also been associated with several New Zealand Master Builders Outdoor Category National Awards.

Through 'FORM', Craig is able to offer you the benefit of his experience and talent, with a genuine commitment to providing a highly personalized and client focused service to deliver landscape architecture and garden design of the highest quality. You can be assured of Craig’s personal involvement through every stage of your project – and enjoy the confidence of dealing with a NZILA Registered Landscape Architect.

"Thanks for dropping by. I created 'FORM' to bring you beautifully proportioned and functional outdoor spaces to meet your personal requirements. You can see this in the gallery pages which showcase some of my recent project work. I'm passionate about good plant selection and you'll see that plants and garden design are a key part of what I do.   

If you need assistance with your upcoming landscape project, I'd love the opportunity to discuss how I can help." Craig Wilson, Owner and Director

“My wife and I live on a lifestyle block in Dunsandel that was in need of significant outdoor space improvement. We decided to engage the services of Craig Wilson at Form Garden Architecture to assist us with this project as the space is quite large and we understand the importance of connecting the outdoor spaces to the inside and the hardscaping to the plantings. While we thought we had some good ideas of our own, we quickly realised that we were out of our depth and needed the advice of an expert like Craig.

The consultation with Craig exceeded our expectations and the finished result was more than we could have hoped for. Craig’s ability to describe his ideas and then sketch them in front of us was incredible, both Jo and I could envisage the end result and as we didn’t have to wait for drawings to be completed we had something tangible to discuss immediately. We are currently in the process of undertaking the works and look forward to turning Craig’s vision into a reality.

I work in the home construction industry and have dealt with various landscape designers over the years....Craig is the best I have ever dealt with. He is professional, talented, realistic and very personable. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering undertaking a landscaping project of any size.” - Scott Harris, Trident Homes, Christchurch

"Craig’s knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for his profession is truly infectious.

Not only is Craig hugely creative with a great knowledge of plants, design and growing conditions, he is also very practical. What we really have enjoyed since working with Craig is he actually listens to our ideas, understands what type of people we are, and then comes back with a landscape plan that makes sense of our crazy ideas!

He has assisted us in every facet of our landscape plan and we are so excited to see everything come to life. We have now recommended Craig to three other friends whom all have been suitably impressed." - Daniel & Jess De Bont, Owner/Directors, Blue Sky Realty, Otahuna

"We met with Craig having already made a plan for our courtyard- what we had come up with definitely was basic but served its purpose of tidying up our unsightly post earthquake courtyard. Craig sat with us and listened to our vision for the space and what we required from it -he then got to work, and this is where he just simply flowed with exciting and achievable ideas. He then returned with a sketched plan that absolutely blew us away- we never thought we could achieve these results- and it was definitely not a plan we could say no to!

Now that our courtyard has taken its new shape - we can see everything in full scale with all the little details that make everything just flow and make sense. Thanks Craig - we look forward to enjoying our stunning courtyard for years to come , it is now a true pleasure to look at and entertain in." - Richard and Jennifer Grady, Owner/Directors The Painters Ltd., Christchurch

“I totally recommend Form Garden Architecture. Craig has a great way of presenting his ideas in a way that incorporates your own thoughts and plans. The results are already showing after 6 months with neighbours and strangers stopping and making great comments. It can only improve as the gardens mature." - Wayne Curham, Haslwell, Christchurch

No two projects are the same, so we work with you to ‘tailor’ a personalized process to fit your specific needs and project requirements.  Your design process will typically involve some of the following stages.  The documents and plans produced in the stages below can be used for consent purposes if required.

Initial ‘On Site’ Consultation

Craig will meet you on site to discuss your project, the site and your specific requirements.  We will talk through design options and ideas and finish by drawing an A3 scale ‘sketch plan’ of the key ideas.  The sketch plan is an ‘off the cuff’ design response to your brief and is not intended as a resolved design or presentation drawing.  You will leave the consultation with a clear picture of what your landscape outcome could be.  This will usually take 1.5 – 2.0 hours and has a standard fee of $350 incl GST in the Christchurch area.  (Click to see consult sketch examples)

Design Fee Proposal

Craig will contact you with a fee proposal for the design of your property.  This will also outline the stages of the design process and a timeframe for their completion.

Site Survey

A detailed site measure and survey is carried out capturing the information necessary for an accurate and site specific landscape plan to be drawn.  This includes features like existing trees, fences, changes of level and other existing site features.

Concept and Developed Landscape Plan

The initial ideas sketched at the consultation are developed and presented first as a concept plan and then finally as a signed off developed plan following a review and amendment process where your critique of the plan is requested.  The concept plan is the first chance for you to comment on the proposed design.   The developed plan contains enough detail and specification that a competent landscape contractor can accurately price and build from. 

(Click here to see examples of concept and developed landscape plans.)

Construction Detailing, Written specifications and Tender packages

Detailed drawings are produced which outline the specific materials, finishes and construction methodologies for hard landscaping features.  Reference to relevant New Zealand Standards are made to instruct contractors as to the quality and performance of the items described.

Planting plan and schedules

These are documents to ensure the implementation of the plantings meets the quality and outcome desired. Plant placement, set out, quantities and sizes are detailed.


Your plan documentation is passed onto an independent, hand-picked, landscape contracting company who has the expertise and experience to accurately price and build your design.

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