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When you work with DIY Designs, you work directly with the owner, a top Auckland garden designer. 

Hi, I'm Kerry

Company Director, Lead Garden Designer & Keen DIY'er

Kerry Speirs Lead Designer Profile Photo


"Many landscape and garden designers can be identified by their gardens. Not me! I have built my career on responding to client’s individual personalities and garden wish lists.

As a result, my portfolio, were I to assemble a one, would feature a wide range of gardens and 'one-off' landscape elements created over the past 10 years, both as an independent designer and as part of wider design and build collaborations."


After graduating from Unitec in 2011 (top student in the Dip.Landscape Design programme that year) Kerry created Twist Creative Landscape Design. ‘Twist’ offered traditional bespoke landscape design services to homeowners and it turned out she was pretty good at it!

A previous career in floristry helped, along with the myriad of garden types experienced in her own properties across the country…Greymouth, Christchurch, Wellington, Palmerston North and  central Auckland to name a few!

Notable projects during her 'emerging designer' years were for a Grand Designs New Zealand property (Ponsonby Barn House)  and 'Dry and Tea', a retail courtyard garden in a Newmarket shopping precinct. During this time Kerry also worked with some of Auckland’s top garden designers, assisting with design and drafting services ‘behind the scenes’, eventually settling into a challenging but rewarding niche working alongside landscape contractors, providing design services to offset their construction expertise. 

Many years later and other fabulous projects Kerry has been an integral part of during this time have:

  • Been magazine featured: Urbis, NZ House and Garden, NZ Gardener and In Your Backyard
  • Been included in the Bi-annual Auckland Garden Designfest  | 2017 & 2019
  • Award-winning Design: Lead Designer in Gold Award Winning Project -  Landscaping New Zealand Landscapes of Distinctions Awards | 2019

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