The southern hemisphere’s largest horticultural event, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, presented by Scotts Osmocote, is thrilled to announce the expansion of its already jam-packed 2022 program. As part of a new partnership with Visit Victoria, the extended offering will introduce the first-ever Celebrity Show Garden.
Making his Show debut, 2022 Australian of the Year, champion wheelchair tennis player and disability advocate Dylan Alcott has created the first-of-its-kind Celebrity Show Garden, called ‘Tramlines’, in collaboration with Carolyn and Joby Blackman of Vivid Design. Fully accessible, the display incorporates plants and shrubs from Warners Nurseries and trees from Established Tree Transplanters. Semken Landscaping lead the building process with construction support from Kevin Heinze Grow, an equal opportunity employer and unique nursery that provides horticultural therapy programs, educational traineeships, and jobs for young people with disabilities.
‘Tramlines’ will be auctioned off and redesigned in its new home by Mark Browning Landscape Design, making the garden a true collaboration between Dylan and past winners of the coveted festival. All proceeds of the garden’s sale will go directly to the Dylan Alcott Foundation.*
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*Please be advised, the relocation of the garden is only within metro Melbourne. If the winning bid is located elsewhere, it will incur a cost for relocation outside metro Melbourne.
“I’m really excited to be involved in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show because me and my family are all fans. To be involved in not only the design process but the activation of a fully accessible garden at the Show is something that’s really special to me. Gardens are often built and the accessibility is an afterthought and it’s hard to retrofit, so the fact that it’s been considered from the very beginning is really cool,” said Dylan Alcott of his first Show Garden design.
“I love so many elements of the garden, particularly the totem tennis, because that is how I learned many of my tennis skills, and the pathing, which is all to do with universal design. The connection with the Dylan Alcott Foundation is also really special as the sale of this garden will help young Australians with disabilities achieve their dreams. I can’t wait to be there,” Dylan continued.
Mark Browning Landscape Design is delighted to be involved in the rehoming of the Dylan Alcott Foundation Show Garden to the successful bidder of the auction during the 2022 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. “We share Dylan’s vision for all accessible gardens and embrace what Mark defines “different ability” to all Australians with disability. We feel extremely privileged to design a garden in this space and pledge to create a timeless fully accessible landscape for life for the recipient, completely sympathetic to our friends at Vivid Design. Dylan’s contribution to society, all demographics and abilities has shown no boundaries, we plan on a just approach moving forward with this design and can’t wait to meet our new client come MIFGS. Aud, Our garden is really about “diffability” too, albeit the slow yet unrelentless advance of the debilitating condition of Alzheimer’s Disease that transformed my mother from full health to someone sound of body but not of mind.” said Mark Browning, director Mark Browning Landscape Design.
The team from Gardens at Night will light up the Celebrity Show Garden for ‘Gardens By Twilight’ on Friday the 1st of April from 5pm onwards.
See it for yourself at this year’s Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show presented by Scotts Osmocote!