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Emma Sage

Hey, I’m Emma.

The camera-shy writer and founder behind Sage Journal.

Sage was born from a desire to feature real, well-loved gardens by everyday people. More than 10 years ago, when my husband and I bought our first home, I struggled to find what I needed: real, attainable and local garden inspiration; gardening advice that was relevant, engaging and easily digestible; and connections with inspiring and knowledgeable gardeners, new and old.

So 4 years ago I started collecting, documenting and featuring stories of real, hands-in-the-dirt, soil-on-the-clothes gardeners who were sometimes failing, many times succeeding and always asking questions.

I wanted to create a place to share knowledge that otherwise might be lost.

Not everyone comes from a line of avid gardeners like me (super grateful), where ringing up my mum or nana for advice on how to get rid of the aphids in the garden or find out why my buxus is turning its toes up is a regular thing.

So when I started Sage, I wanted it to be New Zealand’s go-to gardening resource. A place where you can learn, be inspired, and find a like-minded community to share our collective knowledge.

With love and dirty fingernails,
Emma Sage x

Emma Sage | Sage Journal
Te Whare Māra: The Garden House — Pōneke Wellington

Te Whare Māra - The Garden House - blurs the lines between landscape and architecture. This Wellington garden exemplifies landscape design that boasts beauty, sustainability and meaningful spaces to inhabit and enjoy.

Designed by local.

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How Chelsea Thorpe blends landscape, creativity & comfort | Black House Studio
  Then came the newly built accommodation studio. Set against the backdrop of Gisborne’s landscapes, Black House Studio goes beyond the conventional notion of accommodation. It effortlessly marries architectural elegance with the natural splendour that envelops it. Chelsea’s interview with us invites you to appreciate the thoughtfulness and creativity that converged to shape Black House ...
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Flavours From My Italian Kitchen Garden: Bri DiMattina

Recipe developer and gardener Bri DiMattina’s book, Nostrana, sets out to rekindle the joy of the home garden and kitchen. Nostrana means homegrown, ours; growing food with the intent of sharing it with others.

In this interview Bri shares her keys to starting and enjoying the edible garden journey —

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Zucchini Arancini — Recipe by Bri DiMattina

If you are seduced into planting lots of zucchini, unsurprisingly you will have lots of zucchini to use up — this is for you.

Arancini are Sicilian and southern Italian, and a similar recipe in Rome is called suppli. This version, made purely from grated zucchini, is a uniquely New Zealand garden version.

Recipe by Bri DiMattina, from Nostrana

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