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.
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.
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.
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.
This 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.