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I’ve just returned from an incredibly relaxing extra long weekend on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.

The island lies 35 minutes ferry ride from Auckland. We were there to visit my aunt and uncle, who sailed into one of the island’s bays 22 years ago and have remained there ever since. They live in a beautiful cliff top house above an almost private little nudist beach. Their garden has some of the best views and is overflowing with zucchinis, beetroot, pumpkins, spinach, beans, feijoa, tomatoes, tamarillos and lots of herbs.

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LordeAll photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

My grandfather Ezio lives in Haberfield. He has always had a green thumb and grows a plethora of herbs, Italian celery, cucumbers, wild strawberries, figs, avocados and citrus with great finesse. The centrepiece of his garden is a gigantic macadamia tree which keeps us all in plentiful supply year after year.

Nonno’s basil comes from his home town of Povoletto. His original seeds have long gone, but the seeds from the plants are always saved, and the cycle continues, keeping this super aromatic strain alive.


His lemongrass is also popular – I like to make a rough lemongrass + sage + parsley tea. It’s especially good at the end of a boozy dinner party.

Completely lacking outdoor space at the warehouse where I live means I really appreciate my time in the garden here. I love the routine of a good weeding, water, prune and then the reward of the harvest.

Photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

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