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Australian Garden Show Sydney Reveals Spring Gardening Trends

The public has had their say in the People’s Choice Award, naming Phillip Withers’ garden, My Island Home the favourite at this year’s Australian Garden Show Sydney, held over four days from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 September in Sydney’s iconic Centennial Park.

His coastal design featured a coral reef made of colourful succulents, surrounded by a mix of exotic and native plants. At its centre, a winding timber boardwalk led the way to a stylish pavilion equipped with hammock and fire pit.

Sustainability, a key trend emerging for spring gardening this year, was incorporated into many garden designs, including that of Best in Show winner, Myles Baldwin, who announced his intention to recycle almost 100 percent of his display garden, Open Woodland, into new projects and sales to clients and nurseries.

The show, presenting progressive ideas on gardening, design and wellbeing, has proved to be an important event for landscape designers, giving their designs exposure both nationally and on a global scale.

“It’s a great way to get what I do out to the public. Everything I do is behind closed doors, so it’s always a bit of a problem to be able to sneak people into private properties. This is a great way to be able to get me out to the public,” said Baldwin.

During Sunday’s closing address, Event Director Anthony Bastic acknowledged the scope and scale of the event.

“This year’s show really catered to every age group, providing a place for outdoor enthusiasts to experience all the latest in gardening, design and wellbeing; for families to enjoy a day out together and kids to get their hands dirty in an imaginative space encouraging natural creativity,” said Bastic.

Now in its second year, the show’s content doubled for 2014 to include 30 display gardens from designers including Andrew-Fisher Tomlin, Peta Donaldson, Christopher Owen and Phillip Withers, a kids area and over 80 garden talks presented over three stages by experts in the field such as Don Burke, Wes Fleming, Jock Gammon and Richard Unsworth.

In addition to the daily schedule, Gardening Australia’s bearded gardening enthusiast Costa Georgiadis entertained crowds on his tours of the gardens, while visitors on Sunday took part in a rare chook auction inside the poultry tent.

Almost 100 exhibitors offered everything from grafting demonstrations, rare plants, vertical gardens, flower bouquets and landscaping supplies to outdoor sculptures, lighting and furniture.

Kim Truc of Ryde TAFE took out the award for the Australian Garden Show Sydney Future Florist Design Cup presented by Oasis Floral.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Andrew Stoner, congratulated the Australian Garden Show Sydney organisers, saying: “The quality and breadth of content at this year’s Australian Garden Show Sydney reinforced it is a leading gardening and lifestyle show, and a highlight of this year’s NSW Major Events Calendar, which is developed by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.”

“The standard of the displays this year was exceptional, with a comprehensive range of on-site activities in which the whole family could take part. The Australian Garden Show Sydney is a great spring event for everyone,” Mr Stoner said.

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MODERN SUSTAINABLE GARDEN WINS PRESTIGIOUS BEST IN SHOW AWARD

Sydney garden designer Myles Baldwin has won the coveted Australian Garden Show SydneyBest in Show’ award, presented last night at Centennial Park, for his stunning garden Open Woodland.

Her Excellency Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, Governor of NSW, Patron of the Australian Garden Show Sydney, presented the prestigious award at the show’s Harvest restaurant where awards were presented to designers from the UK and around Australia.

The annual show, which opens at 10am today, is the leading floral, gardening and lifestyle show in South East Asia, and is held in Centennial Park from 4 – 7 September.

Open Woodland, designed by Baldwin, director of Myles Baldwin Design, and constructed by Modify, was designed to blend with the slope of the land at the Brazilian Fields site, allowing the creation of an economical design, working with cut and fill principles.

The pavilion, cantilevered over the pond in the centre of the garden, is a nod to contemporary Australian pavilion style architecture, constructed from steel angle and cedar battens. It provides an intimate space within the landscape that is both interactive with the garden and functional as a place to relax or entertain.

Either side of the entry garden leading to the pavilion is shrubbery and perennial plantings, supporting a European fan palm and a pair of Magnolia stellate. To the south the plantings morph into bedding that supports specimen European fan palms, and to the north the garden drips over a stone retaining wall.

In Baldwin’s view, display gardens should be both economically and environmentally sustainable, which is why almost 100 percent of his display garden is either going to be recycled into new projects or sold directly to clients and nurseries.

“This is pretty cool. Fabulous, unbelievable. To create a wonderful garden takes a lot of effort by everyone. Everyone has been so supportive. Thank you,” said Baldwin, after accepting the award.

Better Homes and Gardens and Radio 2GB’s Garden Clinic presenter, Graham Ross VMM chaired the panel of judges comprising of House Rules’ Joe Snell; Director of Horticulture at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Jimmy Turner; Hampton Court 2014 Best in Show winner, Jim Fogarty; RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 Best in Show winner, Wes Fleming, and gardening experts Linda Ross, Stuart Pittendrigh, Tim Creer, Catherine Stewart and Jeanette Penklis.

“Once again the judges have found it very difficult to pick the winners in all the categories of the Australian Garden Show Sydney. Thirty exciting landscapes of great design and inspirational plant selections are spread across the grounds of Brazilian Fields in Centennial Park,” Mr Ross said.

Christopher Owen and Peta Donaldson were awarded silver in the Inspirational Garden category.

Other award categories presented included: Best City Garden, Best Balcony Garden and Best Landscape Construction in each garden category.

Andrew Davies and Josh Harrison received a gold for theirCity Gardens, while Kate Grace, Kim Earl, Adam Robinson and Rupert Baywill collected gold for their gardens in the Balcony Garden category.

The public will have a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award over the course of the event by picking up an entry form at any garden. The award will be announced on Sunday afternoon.

Acting Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Andrew Stoner congratulated each of the award winners.

“Winning an Australian Garden Show Sydney award is a high accolade for anyone in the industry. This is the pinnacle event of its kind in Australia, and one the NSW Government is very proud to support through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW,” Mr Stoner said.

“I congratulate each of the award winners, and acknowledge their contribution to making the Australian Garden Show Sydney such an awe-inspiring experience for the thousands of visitors who will come to the Show over the next four days.”

Event Director, Anthony Bastic said, “The designers have been working tirelessly at Centennial Park over the past few weeks to construct 30 spectacular creations that are on show to the public for only four days.”

“It’s important to me that the Australian Garden Show Sydney offers value for money and I hope families will get out and make the most of the spring-time weather to receive some great gardening tips and ideas and view the spectacular gardens on display.”

The Australian Garden Show Sydney is part of the NSW Events Calendar developed by Destination NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

For event information, visit: australiangardenshowsydney.com.au

Tickets available through Ticketek

Adult: $35

Seniors: $25 or $20pp group tickets (10 or more) for the show days Thursday & Friday

Children under 15 (if accompanied by an adult): FREE

Concession (15-18 yrs): $15

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TANKS!

Show would not be possible without our many partners, such as Tankworks water tanks who are an integral part of the Show’s sites irrigation and have sponsored Sandhya Sunil’s garden Unravelled. They have supplied made to measure garden beds and a feature wall using quality Aquaplate steel – the same quality steel they make our made to measure water tanks from. The design cleverly represents rainwater harvesting.

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The Australian Garden Show Sydney celebrates design, creativity and excellence.

WELCOME TO SPRING!

Well respected artist Tracey Deep will be showcasing her beautiful floating sculpture shadow spirit in the #ausgardenshow Grand Floral Pavilion. Inspired by a recent trip to Uluru & the Olga’s, it’s a reflection of the changing light, playful shadows & dreamlike landscape. The repetitive nature of the bamboo, it’s twisting and turning, reflects the landscape and wonders of Mother Nature.

Marvel at the exquisite work of celebrated artist and sculptor Stephen Coburn as well as the delicate floral paintings of artist Janet Cullen.

In the Grand Floral Pavilion you can also see the most beautiful spring flowers in full bloom in this dedicated floral space. Learn how to make beautiful floral displays for your home for all occasions. Book into a workshop, watch demonstrations, admire wonderful floral displays by NSW TAFE floristry schools, with the centrepiece being a flower market operated by FreshFlowers.com.au

Participate in floristry workshops every hour between 10.30am and 4.30pm daily, giving you a hands on opportunity to make your own floral arrangement. Numbers limited to twelve participants per session, $10 each. Take home a beautiful arrangement you can be proud of. Flowers in Motion 11am, 1pm & 3.00pm daily, fashion parades of beautiful flowers produced by the wonderful design students at South West Sydney Institute TAFE.

FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND
For something completely different, chook auctioneer, Braham Metry, will hold an exciting rare breeds chicken auction on Sunday afternoon, chickens will be on display Saturday and Sunday of the Show.

TANKS!
Show would not be possible without our many partners, such as Tankworks water tanks who are an integral part of the Show’s sites irrigation and have sponsored Sandhya Sunil‘s garden Unravelled. They have supplied made to measure garden beds and a feature wall using quality Aquaplate steel – the same quality steel they make our made to measure water tanks from. The design cleverly represents rainwater harvesting.

TICKET INFORMATION
Adult tickets are $35pp, kids under 15 years have FREE entry, and other ticketing options include a discounted senior’s rate of $20pp group tickets (10 or more) for the show days Thursday & Friday and $25pp ticket price for the Saturday and Sunday show days.
Tickets available through Ticketek

STRATEGIC PARTNER
With the support of the NSW government, alongside Australia’s key gardening associations and the gardening industry, the second annual Australian Garden Show Sydney promises to double the entertainment, information and enjoyment for audiences.

The Australian Garden Show Sydney is part of the NSW Events Calendar developed by Destination NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

HUGHENDEN HOTEL
A proud supporter of the Australian Garden Show Sydney, The Hughenden, offers an elegant alternative to chain hotels, melding heritage with modern conveniences to meet individual needs. Located at the crossroads of historic Woollahra and Paddington, and surrounded by designer fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafes. The Hughenden is just across the road from Centennial Parklands and is a welcoming base from which to explore Sydney.

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30 totally world-class gardens set to stun Sydney!

30 TOTALLY AMAZING WORLD-CLASS GARDENS SET TO STUN SYDNEY!

It takes over 1,000 people and 16 days to whip the Australian Garden Show Sydney into shape, that’s no mean feat! Here is a sneak peak at what you will see in Centennial Park, Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 September…

Feature Gardens

Large-scale, custom-built gardens designed by industry heavyweights Don Burke, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Landscape Association of NSW & ACT (LNA), and the Nursing and Garden Industry NSW & ACT (NGINA) are a show highlight. Be greeted by the wonder and magic of the Royal Botanic Gardens’ display as you enter the show, delight over the unique and masterful LNA and NGINA displays, and marvel as Don’s Backyard Farm comes to life over the four days.

Inspiration Gardens

Come and experience what promise to be the greatest judged show gardens to be displayed in the Southern Hemisphere. Delivered by leading Australian and international horticultural and landscape innovators, featuring an awe-inspiring array of native and exotic plants, as well as new ideas and the latest trends in garden design, architecture and sustainability.

City Gardens – presented by Debco

Big ideas for small gardens, presented by Debco. The City Gardens are based on typical city terrace sizes approximately 5m x 5m. Designers include seasoned industry professionals, landscape designers and emerging young designers. The City Gardens will showcase the latest innovations and emerging trends that consumers will be keen to incorporate into their own urban residences.

Balcony Gardens – presented by Yates

Lead by Garden Show Ambassador Indira Naidoo, the 2m x 5m balcony displays will bring to together green oases, stylish design and sustainable practice for inner city living, by utilising vertical space and clever garden innovation. Come and see that with a little imagination forgoing a backyard does not mean forgoing a garden!

Ticket Information

Adult tickets are $35pp, kids under 15 years have FREE entry, and other ticketing options include a discounted senior’s rate of $20pp group tickets (10 or more) for the show days Thursday & Friday and $25pp ticket price for the Saturday and Sunday show days. With the support of the NSW government, alongside Australia’s key gardening associations and the gardening industry, the second annual Australian Garden Show Sydney promises to double the entertainment, information and enjoyment for audiences.

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Gardening Guru Announced As The Newest Addition To Sydney’s Spring Garden Show

Sydney’s iconic Centennial Park is being transformed into a stunning representation of spring for the Australian Garden Show Sydney from 4-7 September.

Gardening Australia’s bearded and boundless Costa Georgiadis also announced his involvement in the show today, joining a host of experts appearing at the show, including Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Don Burke, Angus Stewart, Indira Naidoo, Graham Ross VMM and Joe Snell.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to Centennial Park for the Australian Garden Show Sydney. I grew up in this park, so it has always been a magical place for me from childhood to today. What’s great about the show is that it’s got something for everyone, including children, our next generation of budding gardeners and educated nurturers of our planet,” Georgiadis said.

KIDS ENTERTAINMENT
Kids under 15 years have FREE entry to this year’s show. Their special area, aMaze, builds on the already mesmerising parklands, creating a magical space for children, which includes a dirt mountain, spiral hands on garden, kids yoga and pink hens that lay blue eggs.

SHOW GARDENS TO DELIGHT
In a show that also features lifestyle and wellbeing themes, international event ambassador, Andrew Fisher Tomlin (UK Garden Designer of the Year), who arrived in Australia yesterday, is preparing to bring his dementia-friendly garden to life. In association with the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation, Fisher Tomlin’s garden will provide therapeutic benefits and create a place where sufferers feel comfortable and safe.

In a gardening first, four of Sydney’s best-loved parks, Centennial Park, Mount Annan, Mount Tomah and the Royal Botanic Gardens, have united to create a ‘Welcome Garden’ for the show. Located at the entrance to the show, the garden will feature four quartered sections that each reflect a different style of landscape design, split by a tree-lined avenue with a stunning water feature at its centre.

The spectacular gardening, lifestyle and wellbeing event heralds the start of spring and features over 30 display gardens: Feature gardens, Inspirational gardens, City gardens and Balcony gardens, 80 plus FREE talks presented over three stages by the who’s who in the gardening and lifestyle arena, the Grand Floral Pavilion. Landscape gardeners and designers and florists are also preparing their concepts for the highly competitive judging and Awards program as part of the show.

AUSTRALIAN GARDEN SHOW SYDNEY LEADS THE WAY
Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Andrew Stoner said, “The Australian Garden Show Sydney, secured by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is exclusive to NSW and aims to set a new standard for horticultural events in the Asia Pacific region and provide a unique event on the NSW Events Calendar.”

“The event, in its second year, has now doubled in size and caters not only for garden enthusiasts but all members of the family. Visitors to Sydney’s international garden show at Centennial Parklands will be inspired by the very best in display gardens, be able to listen to and ask questions from horticultural experts, and learn about the latest in garden design and innovation from a wide range of exhibitors,” Mr Stoner said.

SHOW DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
Australian Garden Show Sydney Event Director, Anthony Bastic, said “Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, people are installing veggie gardens on their balconies, our backyards are our havens in a sometimes hectic world. I’m thrilled that the Australian Garden Show Sydney offers value for money whilst at the same time gives visitors a chance to learn and be inspired in the three areas I am passionate about – gardening, design and wellbeing.”

TICKET INFORMATION
Adult tickets are $35pp, kids under 15 years have FREE entry, and other ticketing options include a discounted senior’s rate of $20pp group tickets (10 or more) for the show days Thursday & Friday and $25pp ticket price for the Saturday and Sunday show days.

With the support of the NSW government, alongside Australia’s key gardening associations and the gardening industry, the second annual Australian Garden Show Sydney promises to double the entertainment, information and enjoyment for audiences.
Tickets, transport and further program information are available here

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Ross Garden Clinic, Media Stars, International Award Winners, Father’s Day Chook Auction and More!

GARDEN CLINIC
Grow your way to a healthier you.

Graham Ross’ family reckon the best food is simply home-grown. Fresh, seasonal produce straight from the backyard or balcony is easy to prepare, the best way to provide quick, super tasty meals for their ever growing family.

They will teach you how to sow, grow, feed and harvest, prepare and cook for your evening feast in minutes! Share their secrets for success as they debunk a couple of kitchen garden myths along the way. From seed to feed they have a sure fire way to grow your way to a healthier you, and this year at the Australian Garden Show Sydney they have healthy herbs, well-being watermelons and energetic eggplant to energize your body and mind. Don’t miss their delicious vertical wall full of edibles! And make up your own thirst quenching iced herbal tea.

You can join them at the Ross Garden Clinic Breakfast on Saturday 6 September, 8am – 10am. This exclusive package allows you to enjoy a champagne and bacon & egg breakfast with Graham, Linda and Sandra Ross, as well as fellow gardening enthusiasts. You will have exclusive access to view the beautiful display gardens prior to the gates opening to the general public at 10am. A great way to kick-start your day at the show! Breakfast ticket price is $63 and includes entry to the show. Tickets can be purchased here
TALKS, TALKS & MORE TALKS
The Australian Garden Show Sydney Seeds of Wisdom, Garden Talks and Meet the HMA Garden Experts talk’s stages will present 80 plus talks over the 4 days of the show.

The talks area a light-hearted, interactive and informative series of 25-minute talks by leading experts designed to entertain, inform and connect garden and wellbeing enthusiasts.

ABC Radio fans don’t miss Garden Chats with Simon Marnie, 702 ABC Sydney Weekends at the Australian Garden Show Sydney. Regulars on Simon’s radio program Judy Horton, Angus Stewart and Elizabeth Swane will join this panel.

A third generation nurseryman, Wes Fleming was ‘born and bred’ growing trees. The family business, Fleming’s Nurseries, was established in 1918. In 2013, in what was to be Wes’ final Chelsea Flower Show endeavour, the Trailfinders Australian Garden team took out top honour and international accolades with a ‘Best in Show’ win.

Wes’ Seeds of Wisdom talk, Chelsea and Beyond, presents the inspirational stories behind his gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show over the last 10 years, which led to achieving the coveted ‘Best in Show’ award.

Are you ready to play MY FLOWER POT RULES?
It’s like a game show for gardeners! Phil Dudman invites you to try your luck as a contestant on stage or just be part of audience! Brought to you by Oasis Horticulture.

FATHER’S DAY CHOOK AUCTION
Chook auctioneer, Braham Metry, will hold an exciting rare breeds chicken auction on Sunday 7 September. These delightful & beloved chooks will be on display Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September at the show!

HANDY CONCIERGE PLANT PICK UP AT THE SHOW!
Leave your purchased plants at our complimentary Plant Pickup area while you relax and enjoy the rest of your day at the show. Roving volunteers will be on hand to assist you.

ENJOY YOUR LUXURY STAY AT THE MENZIES SYDNEY
Book your discount room rates at The Menzies Sydney today using this unique link. Guests visiting the Australian Garden Show Sydney will enjoy saving 14.5% off regular rates – book it now!

Kids under 15 years free entry and senior discounts available. Tickets on sale here

See you at the show

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EXHIBITORS, PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS, POP-UP BATLOW APPLE CIDER BAR & MORE!

EXHIBITORS SHOWCASING THE LATEST

Nurseries will showcase an exciting range of their latest plant varieties and seeds, florists will create stunning arrangement designs and our exhibitors will show you how to use the latest tools, garden accessories and wellbeing products to give you the confidence to transform your home, balcony or backyard. For those who prefer to just enjoy their surroundings, we’ll have everything from gorgeous garden furniture, shade structures and hothouses, garden sculptures, fire pits, plunge pools, custom designed wallpaper and botanic print cushions. Click here for the full list.  

UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

Join Australian Geographic’s award-winning photographer Esther Beaton to discover perfect exposure and macro photography and learn professional tips and simple techniques to take stunning photos in your own backyard. The Aperture Club are running experiential photography workshops, excursions and tours to expand your photographic skills and explore your creativity, while meeting like-minded people and having fun. Workshops include a ‘pre-show’ morning access allowing you to photograph the gardens prior to crowds arriving at 10am. Refer here for workshop descriptions. Pre-booking recommended as spaces are limited.  

BATLOW APPLE CIDER POP-UP BAR

Popping-up at this year’s Show is the 100% Australian owned, independent cider company, Batlow Apple Cider. Known for producing premium quality ciders for cider-lovers to enjoy, this delicious handcrafted cider is a carefully selected blend of top quality Australian-grown Batlow Apples. Feel like you’ve escaped to regional NSW for a few hours without leaving the city! Visit Batlow Cider here.

ENJOY YOUR LUXURY STAY AT THE MENZIES SYDNEY

Book your discount room rates at The Menzies Sydney todayusing this unique link. Guests visiting the Australian Garden Show Sydney will enjoy saving 14.5% off regular rates - book it now!

INSTAGRAM FANS Collect your free Instagram printed photos at the #ausgardenshow from Tag Snaps. Just take a photo upload your comment including #ausgardenshow and your photo will be instantly printed!

The Australian Garden Show Sydney offers something for all garden, design and wellbeing lovers. With the support of the NSW government, through Destination NSW, Australia’s key gardening associations and the gardening industry, the 2014 Australian Garden Show Sydney promises to be an informative and entertaining event.

For an entertaining day out get your Australian Garden Show Sydney tickets here

See you at the show.

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Family Fun at the Australian Garden Show Sydney – Win Tickets!

The Australian Garden Show Sydney offers families an opportunity to explore, learn and even get their hands dirty and will be the place to be on Father’s Day.

Mum and dad can meet their landscaping and handyman heroes, with Don Burke, Andrew Fisher-Tomlin, Matt Carroll and Christopher Slaughter on hand to talk about their area of expertise and give DIY tips for jobs at home.

Dads can enjoy Father’s Day at the show, they can check out over 30 display gardens for inspiration to use in their own gardens. Plus the Ross Garden Clinic will give dads tips, hints and advice on how to look after sick plants.

There will be a wide range of exhibitors selling the latest in garden design and innovation, and plenty of places to treat dad to lunch and a drink.

Children under 15 years gain FREE entry and can explore, learn and play in aMaze. Activities include children’s yoga and Circles of Learning – a no-dig mosaic garden which brings the story of the rainbow serpent to life over the four days. Viva Recreation present a landscaped area of exploratory play equipment and children can enjoy Sprout – a series of free planting activities that encourage recycling, composting, growing plants and food from seed and seedlings.

aMaze operating hours: Thursday/Friday 10:00am – 3pm & Saturday/Sunday – 10:00am – 4:00pm. Suitable for ages 3 – 12 years old – must be supervised by an adult at all times.

WIN TICKETS
We’d love to see you there and we have 5 double passes to the show to WIN!

Here’s how you enter:
Ensure you are a subscriber to the Australian Garden Show e-newsletter
Tell us in 25 words or less, ‘What is your favourite aspect of the Australian Garden Show Sydney?’
Then send your answer to info@agbevents.com.au
There is one entry allowed per household and all entries must be in by 5pm, 22 August, 2014. Best of luck! Please note this competition is only open to Australian residents.

THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY
If you are coming to Sydney for the Australian Garden Show Sydney and looking for tips on what to do in Sydney, Australia’s biggest city has something for everyone. Enjoy big-city shopping and some of Australia’s best dining experiences. Find out where the trendiest bars are, the coolest cafes and the best markets.

If you enjoy the outdoors take advantage of the many beachside walking trails, harbourside hikes and cycling tracks in scenic parks. Play on world-class golf courses or try your hand at surfing. Check out Sydney’s busy calendar of festivals and shows, art events and sporting championships that will keep everyone entertained. For information click here

SYDNEY ACCOMMODATION
The Menzies Sydney is offering a discounted rate for Australian Garden Show Sydney guests – book now!

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Three-time UK Garden Designer of the Year Tells Us About Gardens with Benefits

This year at the Australian Garden Show Sydney I have designed a garden on a subject very close to my heart. It’s a garden for those living with dementia, in support of Sydney’s St Vincent’s Curran Foundation.

Over the past few years I have collaborated with Thrive, the UK’s national charity for horticultural therapy, to design therapeutic gardens for both residential care homes and wider communities, learning a lot about the benefits of passive and active therapy in the process.

We recently designed the four acre Centennial Garden for Blind Veterans UK in North Wales. This garden caters to a widely diverse visually impaired community, including young and old, active and immobile, some are interested in gardening, others simply want to be outdoors. The garden must fulfil the needs of all in the group – ‘sensory garden’ doesn’t begin to cover all their needs and wants in an outdoor space, which are as wide-ranging as gardening, bird watching, cooking, gym training and zip wires! This is why every therapeutic garden must be different.

The Unexpected Garden

The unique garden that we are creating for the Australian Garden Show Sydney is designed for those living with dementia.

Gardens and plants can be a lifeline for a family living with dementia, providing a sense of place and therapeutic benefit. The Unexpected Garden will be a gentle, uncomplicated garden with a simple structure and well thought out, and in some cases hidden, design messages for people with dementia. It provides layers of therapeutic benefit, yet still represents a stylish relaxed space.

Our design will include a simple flowing path, opening to a planted space with water, a seat and then onto an open space with a pavilion and further seating. The exploratory element is important, allowing someone to wander, to achieve a sense of place and not to be faced with dead ends, crossing lines and decisions about direction. The garden is intended for passive and not active therapy, an approach which allows the garden to be low maintenance.

The simplicity of hard materials is also important. The path’s surface is deliberately composed of a single material so as not to confuse, encouraging freedom to explore. The texture of the bronze water bowl is tactile, as is the still water it contains, and the simple seating is comfortable, practical AND stylish.

Plants provide a gentle sensory experience through texture, movement, fragrance and colour to stimulate the senses. Familiar native plants may be important in stimulating feelings of well being and comfort, planting comes right up to the path to provide an immersive opportunity to touch, smell and feel the planting.

We look forward to showing you the benefits of our therapeutic garden in practice at the Australian Garden Show Sydney, so that you may incorporate elements into your own space.

See you at the show.

Andrew Fisher Tomlin
International Ambassador of the Australian Garden Show Sydney

St Vincent’s Curran Foundation is the Official Charity Partner of this year’s Australian Garden Show Sydney. To support dementia care and research at St Vincent’s please visit www.supportstvincents.com.au | 1800 800 595

 

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Hortiman and Hortipedia at the Australian Garden Show Sydney

There is so much planned for the upcoming Australian Garden Show Sydney, aimed at inspiring you to get out into your garden!

As well as outstanding show gardens demonstrating the latest in design and inspiring lectures and workshops, there will also be plenty of gorgeous plants to see and buy from the many wonderful nurseries.

I’m looking forward to my daily interviews as part of the Hortiman Talks program. I’ll be chatting with local and international landscape designers, gardening presenters, writers, and other media and visitors at the show. We are broadcasting live via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @hortiman @ausgardenshow.

Our popular Hortiman™ mascot will also be there daily with free product samples and fun daily competitions for the whole family to take part in. Be sure to come and say g’day and have your photo taken with Hortiman, upload it using the hashtag #hortiman for your chance to win great prizes.

Another highlight this year will be the new Horticultural Highlights 2014 – Latest Release Products & Plants where the latest in ornamental and edible plants, tools and other interesting garden gadgetry will be showcased with the help of Hortipedia™. This will provide visitors with their first chance to see the next big thing in horticulture.

The Hortipedia™ Hub will allow visitors to find further details on each product via touchscreens, as well as find their local retailer locations.

Gardening brands should take this opportunity to sign up to Hortipedia™ and list their products for possible inclusion. Contact us via info@hortipedia.com.au

I look forward to seeing you at the Australian Garden Show Sydney in September.

Matthew Carroll
Aka Hortiman

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