MIFGS 2016 ACHIEVABLE GARDENS SUBMISSION

Created a submission for the Avenue of Achievable Gardens at Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2016, representing the University of Melbourne. The submission required a synthesis of a variety of techniques and knowledge including Adobe Photoshop, Vectorworks 2015, Adobe Indesign as well as watercolour and hand drafting technique. Sophisticated plant knowledge was also required, regarding textural form, growing requirements and seasonal appearance. The design exists within a limited space (5mx3m). The submission will be judged by a panel of industry and academia experts for it’s fulfillment of the brief.

The given brief is that of a home gardener living in Melbourne’s inner suburbs, wanting to create their own inner city oasis at home. The design should keep in mind the following:
-Space is very limited
-Incorporation of innovative design, product and plant use
-The design will be constructed and maintained by the client, so the garden needs to be achievable and within a feasible budget
Overall, the design should represent what the students position on what an “Achievable Garden” is or might mean. Through my education in horticulture, I have been exposed to a variety of garden design styles and their associated ideologies. In the same way, I have taken on a huge body of knowledge of various plant communities, and the way these communities interact.
My garden design centres around the exclusive use of indigenous plants; plants that evolved in the Melbourne area prior to European settlement. The value of these plant communities is something that I have become passionate about
through my work at St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-op. To me, the value of indigenous plants is threefold, namely:
-low maintenance, ecologically appropriate for Melbourne having evolved to local climactic conditions
-biodiversity value; habitat and food source for flora and fauna
-connecting people to a place; the unique social and historical context that is Melbourne

 

The garden design asks the question “What is more desirable to achieve than an enrichment of the social, political an environmental context any gardener can find themselves contributing to?”. Through the use of indigenous plants in a innovative way that showcases their aesthetic forms and the associated benefits (low maintenance, ecological value and social context) the viewer will find themselves reconsidering these plant communities that are often undervalued in contemporary landscape & backyard design.