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We turned our Canterbury backyard into a replica of a Paris museum’s sculpture garden

Cantabrians Robbie Williams and Karen Baas were taking a tour of great European gardens when the most unlikely gardening idea struck.

Standing outside l’Hotel Biron, which houses the Museum of Rodin in Paris, looking down the long avenue of rustic planting towards the formal fountain, the pair realised the garden seemed very familiar.

“We thought, ‘this is just the right shape for our property’,” says Baas. “Then we looked at the trees and plants and thought, ‘these are all plants that we can grow in New Zealand’.”

So they did, recreating the precise dimensions and planting of the gardens surrounding

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