All Black Andy Ellis


PHOTO: CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF As well as providing hours of fun for family and friends, Andy says the pool is a water feature in its own right.

Former All Black Andy Ellis is also an award-winning gardener, whose 2018 book ‘Kiwi Backyard’ is a popular go-to guide for inspiring landscape ideas. Kim Newth meets Andy for a tour of his backyard heaven in Christchurch.

Sliding doors open onto the deck beside a sparkling sunken pool where five-year-old Arthur Ellis is happily splashing around, plastic inflatable rugby ball in hand.

It isn’t a big back yard, but Andy Ellis is satisfied he’s managed to work in all the elements he wanted for his family. Tucked around the corner of the house is a Springfree Trampoline, where Arthur’s sister Scarlett, 9, is having a bounce, and nearby is a raised vege bed planted out with new season strawberries and potatoes.