Nature that nurtures proved popular at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

Last week we shared some of the winning Gold Show Gardens at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2015. Today, I’m sharing three other award winning gardens that caught my eye, one of which won the People’s Choice Award.  A common theme throughout these gardens are their nurturing qualities, each achieved in different ways.

First up is Phillip Withers impressive “Food Forest“. Winning the Honda Sustainability Award, he also won silver in the Show Garden category.  The majority of the garden designed by Phillip was edible.  In fact, there were over 50 different edible plants included in the design.  It was a true feast for the senses. At every turn, the garden was a sight to behold.  Whilst the central feature was a smart outdoor kitchen and dining area, I was particularly drawn to the dense planting of all sorts of herbs, vegetables and fruits that formed an attractive tapestry around the space. In the light breeze, the scent of the ripe fruit, lavender and herbs wafted through the air. Ruby red strawberries, large juicy lemons and limes and mass planting of bright chilli acted as forbidden fruit in this garden of eden –  I could look but not touch!  There was even space for kids to interact with the garden, including a play area next to the brightly painted water tank,  a slide running underneath the fruit trees (grab an orange as you fly down!), and chooks to feed, who were happy running around in the chicken run come bench seat!

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“Food Forest” by Phillip Withers  |  Photo: Jenny Tranter

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“Food Forest” by Phillip Withers | Photo: Jenny Tranter

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“Food Forest” by Phillip Withers | Photo: Jenny Tranter

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“Food Forest” by Phillip Withers | Photo: Jenny Tranter

Jenny Smith’s Silver Medal winning “Beekeepers Garden” created quite the buzz, evident by the number of people crowding around its entrance to to soak up the scene.  Promoting a space for our little striped friends to thrive, her sweet design simply put a smile on my face. Honeycomb hexagon shapes permeate throughout, from the paving, the reclaimed timber plinth seating, verandah and tiling. Friendly beehives sit deep within flower beds, and a giant sized swizzle stick artistically juts from a side dripping water into a honeypot.  Beyond the beauty of this space, Jenny’s design provided a thoughtful reminder that landscape design is not just about aesthetics. Our bees are an essential ingredient to our survival as pollinators of our food.  They need to be protected and nurtured.

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“Beekeepers Garden” by Jenny Smith Gardens | Photo: Jenny Tranter

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“Beekeepers Garden” by Jenny Smith Gardens | Photo: Jenny Tranter

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“Beekeepers Garden” by Jenny Smith Gardens | Photo: Jenny Tranter

Nature can be a powerful healer and this was illustrated to perfection in the Beyond Blue Wellness Garden by Christian Jenkins of Landscape Design Group.  It was designed to inspire happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement – the 5 ways to wellbeing.  Providing a space of tranquility, relaxation and contemplation this silver award winning garden also took out the  Warner’s Nursery People’s Choice Award. Bonsai, bamboo, natural stone and a calming reflection pool wrap around a teahouse.   If a garden can encapsulate the feeling of zen, this could be it.

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Beyond Blue Wellness Garden by Landscape Design Group | Photo: Jenny Tranter

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Beyond Blue Wellness Garden by Landscape Design Group | Photo: Jenny Tranter

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Beyond Blue Wellness Garden by Landscape Design Group | Photo: Jenny Tranter

Coming up next we will be sharing the last in our series on theMelbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2015 ~ the amazing floral couture designs by RMIT students!

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