Nadia Cole Pocket Profile
We are thrilled to announce that Nadia Cole is returning in 2024 to the Landscape Design Show Garden Competition at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Presented By Scotts.
We cannot wait to welcome Nadia and her team back to the show and see what they will create this year! Nadia gave us some insight on this years Show Garden, and took us through her journey into the industry and what’s she most excited to see at the show.
Show Garden Profile –Australian Idyll
There has never been a stronger pull to the rural, natural, native landscapes of Australia. Since the pandemic, people are moving away from cities and getting closer to nature. For those who can’t do this, their garden is a chance to emulate this feeling. A rural Idyll is a social construct of an idealised image or stereotype of life in rural villages, places that enjoy a slower pace and are uninhibited by the goings on of the outside world. We felt that there is a new, emerging social construct of an Australian Idyll, the pull toward the bush, a gravity that is growing stronger every year.
This garden is designed to have a low impact on the environment and a high impact on the people who use it. In creating this garden we are drawing on the inspiration that this country, under the custodianship of First Nations people, provides in abundance. The garden is the result of collaboration between a team of people who value biophilic design, craftmanship and sustainability.
When/How did you get into the industry?
Nadia has twenty-five years of experience in horticulture, environmental consulting and of course landscape design. This truly diverse and complimentary set of skills and knowledge have combined to what is now a leading landscape design consultancy with sustainability, conscious living and creativity at the heart of it. Nadia’s love for Horticulture started at her grandparents property in Eltham, then following High School she studies Horticulture at Melbourne Universities Burnley
What are you most excited about at this year’s #melbflower show?
Coming back for a second year with the most amazing Team – Spaces in Places, Atlas Landscapes, Sanctum Homes, Angus Stewart to name a few…. – At the 2023 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Nadia and her team were awarded the Silver Gilt medal for their garden; “Consciousness”
What is the gardening trend of the season?
I don’t believe there is a particular trend but it sounds like there is going to be a few brilliant show gardens this year the are promoting sustainability and indigenous plants in landscapes – hope this grows an awareness
Who has been the biggest influence on your design career?
Rachael Campbell – Very early on in my career she was my life coach who really encouraged me to dream and believe in myself with starting my own business
If you could invite any three people to a garden party who would they be?
Rachael Campbel – My Old Life Coach
Thomas Woltz – American Landscape Architect
Masego – Jamaican-born, U.S.-bred multi-instrumentalist singer and saxophonist making jazz music cool again