"My husband and I had always wanted a subtropical garden, a real sanctuary to come home and escape to. We went to the home show and surveyed the many landscape artists, choosing who we thought was the perfect designer. Unfortunately what we received was several poor and unrealistic designs, at a very exorbitant price.
Then a friend suggested Michael from Form & Foliage – he was an absolute godsend! Michael designed the perfect tranquil garden – just what we’d imagined. He listened impeccably, made wonderful suggestions and followed the brief to a tee. What’s more he did it with incredible flair and style, and came in right on budget. We’ll definitely be using Form & Foliage to create our next oasis -regardless of the fact we now live in Sydney!"
— Kelly Swanson Roe
"We employed Michael very early on in the process, before the build had even started, as we wanted to make sure that our house and landscape design complemented each other perfectly.
We interviewed a number of landscape designers but were really taken by Michael’s clear communication and his responsiveness to all of our requests and requirements. He genuinely listened to what we wanted for our garden and came up with a design that we both loved and which complemented the house perfectly.
The garden has been finished for almost a year now and it has been a real pleasure watching the garden grow and mature, and watching Michael’s design really work with our day to day lifestyle. I would have no hesitation in recommending Michael to anyone else and in fact I already have!"
– Stefan Azzopardi
"We first met Michael in 2003 after moving into our new home to help us transform bare land to a low maintenance garden for a young family to play in and spaces for us to enjoy outdoor living. The section was an awkward shape but he managed to bring symmetry and create the garden we were after. Now some 13 years on the family has grown up and it was time to change the garden.
We were so pleased with Michael's work first time around we called him back in. Again he took the time to understand what we wanted and completely transformed the garden. We are very pleased with the results."
- Les Wootton
"Our garden was a blank canvas, unattractive with an expired play hut. We knew it could be so much more but had no idea what to do so contacted Michael Wheatcroft of Form & Foliage. Our brief to Michael was very brief to say the least; we wanted outdoor lighting and a passion fruit vine.
After presentation of the preliminary landscape plan we were inspired to incorporate a spa pool. The thorough and creative design process enabled us to consider the options for the spa pool and during the course of construction we also decided to add two raised vegetable gardens. The landscaping also included decking, paths, concrete, a small pergola, mowing strips, stone letterboxes planting and lawns. Everything has been expertly constructed.Our garden is now an outdoor extension of our home, with the spa pool tucked away where we can sit back, relax and look back on the house. We are very happy to recommend the team at Form & Foliage."
– Murray Smith & Susan Nemith
“Hi there Michael
Steve here. Thank you so much for the fantastic garden that you have created for us. Every night I flick on the lights to enjoy the ambience and the feeling of living in a resort!
Even during these could nights I dare to venture out and sit on one of the Cape Cods and enjoy being in the middle of our garden looking up at the stars in the sky (truly a softie!)
Once again, thank you, for creating our dream garden and for the professional manner in which everything was done.”
– Steve Samuela and Shona Hurndell
"My husband and I employed Michael Wheatcroft of Form & Foliage to design a garden for our home in 2001 and have since enjoyed living in a beautiful environment that couldn’t have been better suited to our lifestyle. Over the years it has been a pleasure to entertain in and watch the plants evolve in harmony. We are both busy people and Michael’s design gave us a low maintenance property where we occasionally picked up dead leaves and thinned out plants. People see value in tidy low maintenance properties and the garden undoubtedly contributed to the value and sale of our property in April 2009 despite the recession. We will definitely be using Form & Foliage for our next landscape."
– Anna Hanson
"My wife, Vicki, and I came across Michael Wheatcroft on the internet and connected with the work he had done previously as displayed. Our project was a complete overhaul of our back yard which was the original layout and design from when the townhouse was erected in 1994.
We wanted to create more space and functional area as well as a new and fresh look. After concept planning and scoping the budget with Michael, we pushed the "go' button. Michael and his team were excellent throughout the construction phase with an ability to change for last minute ideas and additions as discussed. The work was done professionally and completed within budget.
We are now thoroughly enjoying our new look and functionality. It has certainly added a new dimension to our environment. I have every confidence in recommending Michael for a sharp concept & design with a professional job done on time and within budget. Thank you."
- Jason Morris
"Michael Wheatcroft has been the landscape consultant on many of our projects. The projects have been both residential and commercial in nature. The scope of work that he has performed has been a full design service. Michael has designed the landscaping and prepared the necessary drawings and written work for resource consent submission and approval.
We have always found Michael's work to be excellent. The clarity of communication, in particular with regards the drawings he prepares, greatly assist us as architects in seamlessly dovetailing the two disciplines.
The varied nature of the projects goes to show the broad scope of his skills. We have found Michael to be very professional and wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services.
Below is a list of projects we have worked on together:"
Wilmark Office Park
3M Head Office
Lot 67 Rosedale Rd, Apollo Rise
Lot 52 Apollo Drive, Interplex Developments
Triton Tech Parks
Private Gardens & Residential Developments:
Stewart Garden, Bassett Road, Remuera
Twigg Bach, Great Barrier Island
Alberon Apartments, Parnell
- Nicola Herbst
"Joehan & Partners liaised with Form & Foliage (Mr Michael Wheatcroft) for the project Waihi Academy, Waihi where Form & Foliage was engaged by G & W to design, coordinate and oversee the development of the landscape. The project was built over 10 hectares and involved the development of 9 main buildings (Main Hall, Admin Building, Classrooms, Staff Dorm, Student Dorms, etc.) and the associated infrastructure and services.
Experienced and creative planning of the landscape was pivotal in coordinating all of the external elements of the Academy and engaging with the many other consultants involved in the project.
Form and Foliage delivered their services professionally and on time, often within very tight time constraints. They responded with sound solutions to the many changes during the projects construction and the result is an impressive, easy care landscape for the Academy.
Michael Wheatcroft is an honest and friendly person who has good rapport with people (the client, consultant Team and the Council).
I have no hesitation recommending him to prospective clients."
- Joehan Young