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The Southern Hemisphere’s most stunning gardens revealed

The country’s most prestigious garden awards have been announced this morning at The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show presented by Lawn Solutions Australia. The awards herald the launch of the southern hemisphere’s largest garden and floral event which runs for five days in the sprawling grounds of Carlton Gardens and the interior of the historic Royal Exhibition Building.

The City of Melbourne Award of Excellence for Best in Show was presented to Tract Consultants’ ambitious The Loggia garden, which seamlessly combines dry climate species from both Australia and the Mediterranean. Warm terracotta tiles provide a striking juxtaposition to green swathes of native and exotic plant life. The Loggia is a clever coalescence of romance and practicality, heroing hot climate planting as a nod to a more sustainable future.

Head Show Garden judge Andrew Laidlaw said, “As a collective group of gardens the standard is as high as it’s ever been in the history of the show”.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show Event Director, Marcus Gale commented that the Show continues to attract the best design talent from Australia and overseas to create truly exceptional Show Gardens and feature displays. “Every year we are awestruck by the imagination showcased by our landscape and floral designers, and 2019 is no different,” said Gale.

“Each garden and floral installation is not only visually arresting, but our new charity partnerships with Beyond Blue and Guide Dogs Victoria encouraged designers to add another dimension to the creations. The judging panel revelled in seeing displays that carried a strong message, as well as being aesthetically brilliant”.

Whilst the Show runs until Sunday 31 March 9am – 5pm daily, this Friday evening, The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show presented by Lawn Solutions Australia extends its hours for a floral inspired twilight session. In addition to witnessing the best gardens and floral designs the country has to offer, Gardens by Twilight is a convergence of local live music sets, roving entertainment, impressive lighting displays and boutique food and beverage bars – running until 9pm. The Melbourne International Flower & Garden runs until Sunday 31 March. Tickets are available for purchase at the gate or online here.

 

FULL LIST OF AWARD WINNERS BELOW:

CITY OF MELBOURNE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR BEST IN SHOW

The Loggia designed by Tract Consultants & constructed by PTA Landscape 

 

GOLD SHOW GARDEN

The Loggia designed by Tract Consultants & constructed by PTA Landscape 

The other side by Jason Hodges, Candeo Design & Semken Landscaping for Lawn Solution Australia

Journey designed by MUSA landscape Architecture

SILVER GILT SHOW GARDEN

Changing Times designed by Myles Baldwin Design

Dreaming designed by Christian Jenkins Landscape & Design

 

SILVER SHOW GARDEN

Four Seasons designed by Rob Waddell

The Lux Botanical designed by Inge Jabara Landscape

 

BRONZE SHOW GARDEN

Urban Retreat designed by Ben Hutchinson Landscapes

Under the Golden Elm designed by Bayley LuuTomes Design

The Welcome Garden designed by Mark Browning

The Third Age designed by Willie Wild Life Sculptures, Candeo Design & Semken Landscaping

 

HORTICULTURAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION (HMA) AWARD FOR BEST USE OF PLANT LIFE

The Loggia designed by Tract Consultants

 

MARK BENCE CONSTRUCTION AWARD

The Loggia designed by Tract Consultants

 

LANDSCAPING VICTORIA BOUTIQUE GARDEN AWARD

1st Place – Remembrance designed by Trish Morrison

2nd Place – Breeze designed by Maia Coillard

3rd Place – Anthropogenic Future designed by Anthony Sharples & Alistair Kirkpatrick

 

THE AVENUE OF ACHIEVABLE GARDENS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Redivivus Materia designed by Jason Donnelly

 

THE AVENUE OF ACHIEVABLE GARDENS

1st place: 

Jessica Villani – Rainforest Nest

Rachael Nardella – Home is Where the Seeds are Sown

Katherine Westle – Gone Bushesque

Jason Donnelly – Redivivus Materia

2nd place: 

Kristen Mahler – The Yoga Sanctuary

Shaun Hayes, Shaun Taggert, Jacob Banks, Daniel Clarke, Zach Murphy, Thomas Drew – Modern Pop

Alex Koskiniotis  – Cascade

3rd place:

Riley Cooper & Angus Houghton  – Gallery to Garden

Joshua Brammer, Josh Hurst, Adam Caarels, Alby Perry & Nick Dunn – Tapestry of Texture

Melissa Bell – Colour my World

David Joseph  – Native Fibonacci

BEST USE OF PLANT LIFE

Jessica Villani – Rainforest Nest

CREATIVE SPACE

Katherine Westle – Gone Bushesque

 

VISUAL DISPLAY

 

GOLD VISUAL DISPLAY

The Fantasy Garden by Collectors Corner

 

SILVER GILT VISUAL DISPLAY

Matthew Landers

Moss Industry Florists

SILVER VISUAL DISPLAY

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

Lynne Dallas

Flowers Vasette

 

BRONZE VISUAL DISPLAY

The Plant Society

Box Hill Institute

The Green Palace by Leaf & Bear

Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter

Chrysco

Bloom College

Gloriosa Nursery

Oasis Noir by Richard Go Design

Richard Go / Gollings the Florist

It’s my World

Melbourne Flower School

 

FLORAL DESIGN

 

GOLD FLORAL DESIGN

Pinkie Promise

Australian Association of Floral Designers

 

SILVER GILT FLORAL DESIGN

Flowers by Nici

Melbourne Polytechnic Floristry Program

 

SILVER FLORAL DESIGN

Holmesglen Institute

Marjorie Milner College

 

BRONZE FLORAL DESIGN

The Australian Floral Art Association

Karen Wang Wedding & Flowers

 

RMIT STUDENT FLORAL FASHION DESIGN COMPETITION

1st Place – Not knowing future matters designed by Taylah Caddy

2nd Place – Fight for the bight designed my Meg Bradbury

3rd Place – Beyond the park designed by Zoe May Sutherland

THE BAPTCARE SHOP WINDOW FLORAL DESIGN COMPETITION

Gold – Jenny Burke Florist

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