Sydney garden designer Myles Baldwin has won the coveted Australian Garden Show Sydney ‘Best 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
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
The full list of award winners and high resolution images available here
Broadcast quality footage available here.
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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.