As the clean up of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show comes to an end, we would just like to thank everyone that has helped us pull this together.
Our display titled ‘Connections’ is a celebration of Neighbour Day, this garden is a place to share experiences and nature. It is a place for people to come together. The design examines traditional yard spaces and how they might transition into communal gathering spaces in the future. It is not only about our dwindling parcels of land but also about the social disconnection that many Australians face in their lives. Neighbour Day is a chance for people to make connections with the people who are geographically closest to them.
Contemporary steel arches frame the entrances to the garden with wild creepers lapping up their stay-chains. The chains then connect the Arches and provide an unlikely frame for a pergola. Using hemp ropes that thread from link to link of the chain, a sculptural form is created that criss crosses the space in the same way that our lives intersect socially. Rustic pavements weave in serpentine shapes beneath the arbour fringed by wild perennial plantings, mounding lawns and an avenue of Pyrus nivalis Snow Pears. These are reminiscent of ‘street trees’ and are under planted with Chillies and Kangaroo Paws. The Australian House & Garden “Connections” garden is designed to make people think about how we might gather and share spaces in the future. It has a sculptural form but it’s a functional garden space that offers new directions in space and materiality.
Not only did we receive a Gold medal, but we also took away the Construction Award. So a big thank you to Henry from HScapes and Ben from Campbell & Sons Landscaping for all their hard work. We could not have pulled it off without you!
Thank you to Smith & Gordon, Floriana, Turf Australia and Speciality Trees for providing the plants. Thank you to Eco Outdoor for supplying us with the Endicott paving and Robert Plumb for all the colourful letterboxes.
Finally, a big thank you to Australian House & Garden for inviting E-GA to collaborate with them on this display.