Gardenridge was selected as a successful finalist in the boutique garden design competition at the Melbourne international flower and garden show 2015 (MIFGS).

The garden ‘Latin influences’ explores how traditional Italian landscape has impacted on Australian landscape design. it is not just a beautiful entertaining space that could be built anywhere in Melbourne, it’s also rich in underlying subtext that references many things about Australia and Italy, and about a multicultural Australia.

The stepped entry into the garden showcases golden brass step risers, a reference to the Australian gold rush days. As you enter the garden, Bay tree hedges and a striking backing wall frame an intimate and private space with table and benches centrally sited on raked gravel. The grey rendered backing wall framed with black, white and gold tiles, provides the backdrop for a stunning hanged sculpture: a circle of burnt sticks with the ends painted vivid red. This installation, called Natura, speaks of the regenerating ability of the Australian bush which burns in violent fires to be born again. The red represents the vital power and the circle is a powerful symbol related to the union of multicultural Australia.

There is a second sculptural element: a bespoke light installation referred to as ‘Sol’, conceived by Melbourne based lighting designer Ilan El. Sol is a celebration of the powerful and sometimes brutal Australian sun, which takes inspiration from the art work of Bernini’s ‘Ecstasy of Saint Teresa’.

A tiny fountain with an underwater sculpture is nestled in the foliage filling the garden with the sound of water. A colourful perennial border fills the rest of garden beds. Broken red bricks have been used as mulch underneath all the garden beds as a reference to the colour of the Australian desert.

Thanks to our sponsors and their generous support:

GOLD SPONSORS: AUSTRAL WRIGHT METAL . ILAN EL. LIGHT LIFE. . SMART GRASS

SILVER SPONSORS: O'SHEAS TIMBER . MELBOURNE POOL & OUTDOOR DESIGN . THE RENDER MAN . SUPERSOIL . WARNERS NURSERIES

BRONZE SPONSORS: BETTER EXTERIORS . SMART WATER SHOP

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