Barking Mad Landscapes

Timeless landscape solutions for the discerning homeowner


Timeless landscape solutions for the discerning homeowner.


Barking Mad Landscapes can provide you with a whole new world of landscaping options. Our innovative approach to landscape design and eye for detail will ensure your impressive outdoor living area will increase the value and appeal of your home.


Our aim is to incorporate your concepts for your property in an aesthetically pleasing design. We take time to hear your thoughts on what we can do for you and work to achieve your goals.


A unique and distinctive landscape will develop with our expert plant, design and construction knowledge, reflecting your lifestyle.

Barking Mad Landscapes was established in 2003 by Roger & Tara Kennedy. Over the past 12 years we have grown to a team of 8. We have 4 landscapers and 2 registered builders and Roger the designer and Tara the administrator. We also have a lighting designer as part of our landscape team.

We offer full landscaping services from design through to implementation throughout Hawkes Bay. We also provide a maintenance programme for gardens and specialise in garden makeovers.

Our main inspiration is the design of unique landscape designs working in close conjunction with our clients and establishing strong working relationships with them.

Our point of difference is that we care about what we do and enjoy doing it, hence, receiving various landscape awards over the years.

Our main services at a glance

. Landscape design and plans

. Hard landscaping

. Garden makeovers

. Garden maintenance

Please see our video below to view a full landscape design, plan and implementation project close to completion filmed by drone over Napier Hill in March 2015.

The garden is a place where you and your family can relax, unwind, and enjoy yourselves. It can reduce stress levels and improve your quality of life.

— Roger Kennedy —

Our Team

Professional & Outstanding ideas of our passionate team makes us unique in every sense.

Who are we anyway?

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Here’s a few clients we’ve worked with so far

UnisonBrusticsSirTrackOff The Track Restaurant

Orton Tailored CusineSileni WineryNatural PavingPremier PaversHarvest Lodge

Our Services

Our landscaping services are delivered by our landscaping team with years of experience and who are passionate about what they do.

Design and Planning

The first step involves a no-obligation FREE consultation. Our designer will meet with you at your property to discuss your landscaping requirements. After this visit, we will provide you with a price for design, followed by our implementation price.

Roger will prepare a landscape design to incorporate both your ideas and his own expert knowledge to create your outdoor living space.

Construction and Implementation

Our experienced and friendly team will turn your design in to a reality. Our services include retaining walls, pergolas, decks, fences and walls, outdoor fireplaces, swimming pools, ponds/water features.

Driveways, patios and paths, exposed aggregate, flagstones, paving, tiling and concrete.

Beautiful gardens and lawns, low maintenance planting, plant schedules, sourcing and supply, mulch, riverstone and feature rocks, garden lighting, irrigation, edging, sown and Instant lawn

Garden Makeovers

Garden makeovers and reconstructions are our specialty.

Perhaps you have a new home you want to make your own, or an old garden that needs bringing back to life. We can help.

If you are trying to sell a house in the current housing market, a garden make-over can make all the difference, after all, it is a well known fact that first impressions do count. Whether you want a natural-looking landscape packed with native plants, or a formal courtyard garden.

Barking Mad Landscapes can create a solution to all your landscaping needs.

Lighting and Design

We specialise in the design and installation of lighting schemes for gardens. Good lighting is meant to be more subtle and is designed to enhance the shadows and nuances of your garden. All gardens, no matter what size, have different characteristics and will only be “lit well” if all these are taken into consideration. Lighting should be there to complement the planting, to illuminate the pathways and patios, to give life to water and, most importantly, to allow you to use your garden for longer.

Garden Maintenance

Whether it be a one off visit to simply get the garden into shape, or regular visits ensuring the garden stays in shape, the choice is yours. Our friendly gardening team will be pleased to help you turn your garden into an asset by keeping it in good shape. Not all people are lucky enough these days to have the time or the desire to tend to their gardens in the way that is needed. They would rather not think about the upkeep of the garden themselves, and therefore bring in outside help in from people such as ourselves.

Are you ready to to see your garden blossom?

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What our Clients say

  • We are extremely happy with our re-modeled front garden. Roger and the team have done a fantastic job. Our neighbors and people passing by have commented on how lovely our new garden looks. We wanted privacy and a garden we use and enjoy year round. Roger designed a garden concept that met our requirements, and complimented our house and site. A design that will last us well into the future.

    — Vernon & Lavina —

  • Sirtrack wanted a Garden that reflected our New Zealand natural heritage that would look good, be easy to keep looking good and was cost effective. Working with the existing structure Barking Mad designed and implemented a native garden that met these requirements, complimented our building and enhanced our working environment. We were very pleased with the result.

    — Mike Kelly —

  • Barking Mad did a wonderful job transforming our messy back garden, rotting deck and overgrown pool area into a beautiful and usable space that people actually say “wow” to when they see it.

    — G&K Cox —
  • It all started with a telephone call, followed by a meeting with Roger and Tara, who I am sure must have wondered what on earth they had been asked to take on – an area that was uphill and down dale with 1 meter high weeds everywhere, it was not for the feint hearted. But take it on they did. With the help of their gardeners, John and his crew, Tara and Roger set too to weave their magic to turn my wilderness into a lovely easy care garden. The magic has now been woven and everyone who had seen my ‘weed patch’ all comment on the transformation and how lovely it is now. Many, many thanks.

    — Diana Clough —
  • Since we first met Roger and Tara, they have always done superb work in the garden, with new ideas for plants etc. when needed. They maintain our garden on a monthly basis, and we are always more than happy with their work, and their company, as they are lively, fun people to have around.

    — Ron and Karen Scobie —
  • Just to thank you and your staff for the absolutely great transformation, which has taken place to our former Mirror Garden. Your designer Roger really translated my ideas and with his added expertise, provided the blueprint for the finished work I think now looks like a beautiful painting, which draws you in to experience and enjoy.The manner in which you and Tara presented the final quote and letting me see at first hand the type of plants you intended to use was first class. I wish you further success in your business and have no hesitation in recommending your Company.

    — Nancy Gilbertson —
  • We wanted Barking Mad to design a modern and easy to maintain garden and pool area. Rogers vision and creativity really impressed us from the outset. From a blank canvas to an outdoor setting that wow’s us two years on. Barking Mad exceeded all our expectations. What’s more, the project was managed professionally and on quote! We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Barking Mad to anyone.

    — S&C Alexander —
  • My Company was looking for a landscape gardener to deliver an innovative solution to a lawn area where we were hosting outdoor wedding ceremonies. Roger met us on site and in quick time we had a design profile that was exactly what we were looking for-a mix of colour, height, hardiness and good ground cover along with concrete walling and a wooden walk bridge. We set Roger a budget and he was able to deliver the project to that budget which we were really pleased with. It is a year since the garden and trees were established and we have a great result with all varieties flourishing including a number of 4 meter flowering cherry trees which were a challenge. Our wedding bookings have also flourished!

    — Sam Orton, Orton Catering Ltd —


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Email: barkingmad@inspire.net.nz

Telephone: 06 877 0180

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