Essence Of Australia

Gardening life takes on something of a routine in the high Summer months.  Up early, an hours watering, some weeding, some sowing and perhaps a little more watering if the sun is particularly fierce.  Whilst I love it all it’s nice to occasionally escape to the more glamourous side and I was really excited to receive an invitation a couple of weeks ago from the  Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne to visit their show garden at Hampton Court Flower Show.

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

The garden is designed by Melbourne based  Jim Fogarty  to give people a sense of Australia and the diverse landscapes of Victoria and the Northern Territory as well as showing the country’s laid back atmosphere and love of the outdoor life.

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

Melbourne’s modern architecture and cosmopolitan feel is represented by the timber clad structure at the back of the garden.  Whilst the rich planting in front references the regional areas around Victoria. Beyond that is the outback complete with a billabong and creek crossing. Running through the garden there is also inspiration from Aboriginal culture, specifically the mythical story of the  Rainbow Serpent who would wake to create the mountains and gorges that bring water to therefore nourishment to the land.  It is seen in the shape of the pathway and the bubbling water.

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

Sustainability is also a key part of the garden. The plants, though all natives of Australia, were grown by specialist nurseries in Spain and Italy and at the end of the show will be permanently added to the displays at Kew Gardens and the materials will be donated or recycled.

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton Court

Essence of Australia Garden - RHS Hampton CourtThis is a very different garden to the norm and provides a thought provoking and interesting insight into a different continent and culture. It’s not only won a gold medal but also Best in Show. I hope you have the opportunity to visit and enjoy it as much I did.

 

 

 

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19 Responses to “Essence Of Australia”

  1. Sue garrett July 8, 2014 @ 4:43 pm (#)

    Sun fierce – just come back from the plot and we are soaked to the skin.

  2. annjenny July 9, 2014 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing. It looks like a very interesting garden.

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — July 9th, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

      Thank you Ann. I loved it and the planting was so much denser and prettier than I thought it might be.

  3. Manneskjur July 9, 2014 @ 9:08 pm (#)

    Ooo that looks really cool Victoria! And nothing like old episodes of Neighbours, thankfully!

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — July 9th, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

      Really interesting planting, great to see something different.

  4. Helen The good life mum July 10, 2014 @ 6:32 am (#)

    oh that is so different it is so good to see a different prospective on a garden and nice to be introduced to different planting style 

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — July 10th, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

      I though so as well. I’m hoping to be able to hunt some of these plants down.

  5. Amanda July 10, 2014 @ 9:36 am (#)

    A beautiful and unique garden, I must visit the flower show one year 

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — July 10th, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

      It’s a wonderful show. So much inspiration whatever your gardening interest.

  6. Iona@Redpeffer July 10, 2014 @ 9:38 am (#)

    That looks stunning. I’d love to visit someday. I agree, it’s lovely to be able to see different gardens and styles.

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — July 10th, 2014 @ 9:54 pm

      It was stunning and you’re right so interesting to gain an insight into a different way of doing things.

  7. Time to be an Adult July 10, 2014 @ 11:35 am (#)

    What a beautiful garden – I love the variety of plants and the way they used so much wood.

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — July 10th, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

      I was surprised at the variety of planting and also how delicate and pretty it is.

  8. Claudia July 10, 2014 @ 11:39 am (#)

    oh, what a wonderful space! i love the modern architecture. so open and inviting

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — July 10th, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

      It was and an wonderful contrast between the area at the back and the planting at the front.

  9. Gemma July 10, 2014 @ 12:54 pm (#)

    This is a lovely garden and I really like the painted wood structure in the middle. Looks like a nice place to sit and think for a while 🙂

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — July 10th, 2014 @ 9:55 pm

      It was wonderful, peaceful and calming.

  10. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) July 11, 2014 @ 5:19 am (#)

    Everything here is lovely! The structure that was build complement the landscape design! The waterscape is simple enough to highlight the blooms! Everything just makes the blooms stand out. I wish I can visit this exhibition. #hdygg

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