STYLE – Modern Australian
LOCATION – Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (The Carlton Gardens)
DESIGN INTENT- Roaming amongst leaf littered paths throughout the Victorian bushland, you pause to completely immerse yourself in the textures, sounds and smells. It is unique, like no other landscape in the world and you feel the fragile balance between each living thing it encapsulates. Despite the natural beauty engrossing all your senses, you can’t help but feel there is more that it offers. The birds and other animals move symbiotically throughout the landscape, calculated and instinctual. The unique and intricate relationship each living fragment has with one another in this environment, is what this garden is all about. Welcome to The Circle of Life.
You hear the garden before you see it. Soft, trickling water gently caresses the raw Castlemaine rocks and cascades down a 3-tiered water feature. In amongst native grasses and ground covers, a bird bath is nestled and rotates gently in the wind. It attracts native animals and insects who are enticed by its familiarity to the natural habitat that once was. This will become a haven for hydration, reproduction, and bathing.
The meandering gravel path takes the eye on a journey, emulating the Australian bushland and the animal trails that weave through it. Each turn of a corner opens new potential and allows the mind to wander deeper into the landscape. The path is smothered by striking shrubs, forming a gentle companionship where one does not exist without the other. The structured clipping and sculpting of these plants signals intent and prepares them for their otherwise foreign surrounds of a domestic garden.
Above the layered shrubs, stands a timeworn Angophera costata. It is the life source of the garden, offering shade from the harsh Australian sun whilst also nurturing and feeding the microclimate beneath it. It lures you in to absorb the colours and textures, unique to Australia and its ecosystem.