Mark Read & Richard Neville

Display Garden

Lingarth St, Remuera


Natural Habitats


09 970 3480 - Mark
09 926 5247 - Richard




Mark joined Natural Habitats in 1988, after completing a Horticultural Science degree, and 2 years of production management. He grew up on orchards, with a strong interest in botany and art.

Mark has worked on a wide range of landscape projects including residential, commercial, public open space, resort, streetscape and subdivision developments. He is especially talented in producing innovative, creative design solutions with a strong environmental focus, attention to detail and a flair for designing water features and roof gardens. Combined with this he has considerable experience in horticultural production, project management and budget control.

In the past 20 years, Mark has been the designer of more than 50 award winning entries in New Zealand’s national LIANZ awards, with significantly, 5 major awards.

Richard has a passion for people, design and the environment, making him a valuable member of the design team at Natural Habitats. He has particular interest in resilience through design, embracing our environment’s constant state of change and the challenges it presents.

After completing his studies in Wellington, Richard spent 3 years in Australia involved with various landscape construction projects. He has now returned to New Zealand with the practical experience and design knowledge to fit perfectly into the design and build philosophy at Natural Habitats.

Richard recently finished a project for the Children’s Mental Health Ward at Starship Hospital. His design transformed a dark sterile space into an uplifting environment, through organic lines, planting and colour. In 2010, Richard received a Bachelor of Design in Landscape Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington, with honours.