Phillip Withers 28 july EDM

Multi award-winning designers come together at the Australian Garden Show Sydney!

Fresh from his Best In Show win at the UK’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Australian Jim Fogarty has been announced by the Australian Garden Show Sydney to join a host of multi award winning landscape designers at this year’s show in September.

The legendary landscape designer, who won the Royal Horticultural Society title this month, exhibited a Gallipoli-inspired garden titled ‘The Last To Leave’ at the inaugural Australian Garden Show Sydney last year. This year he will participate as a judge alongside Graham Ross VMM, House Rules’ Joe Snell, Director of Horticulture Operations at Royal Botanic Gardens, Jimmy Turner and Linda Ross.

Jim Fogarty will also join Nigel Ruck and Don Burke in the construction of a modern backyard farm garden that the public can watch evolve over the four days of the show from 4-7 September in Centennial Park. Garden show visitors will have the opportunity to contribute to some of the decisions of the design of the garden, elements of which will be made from recycled and/or re-used materials.

This year’s show has doubled in size, featuring over 30 display gardens built by a range of expert and emerging landscape designers. The categories include two Feature Gardens as well as 10 Inspirational Gardens, 10 City Gardens presented by Debco and 10 Balcony Gardens presented by Yates that will be judged by a panel.

Andrew Fisher Tomlin, NHGA UK Garden Designer of the year, returns to Sydney to create a garden for the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation, 2014 Official Charity Partner, that focuses on dementia – providing a place where those living with dementia can feel comfortable and safe. Andrew’s design will look at the potential of gardens to offer a lifeline to those with early onset dementia by providing them with coping strategies, a sense of place and therapeutic benefits.

Welcoming the spring weather, Phillip Withers’ ‘My Island Home’ brings a piece of paradise to the show, featuring a timber beach hut and bridge surrounded by tall palms and colourful succulents.

Myles Baldwin will also build an Inspirational Garden to be judged alongside Withers, Fisher Tomlin and others including Christopher Owen, Brent Reid, Adrian Swain and Peta Donaldson.

The popular Talks Series will feature over 80 talks, presented over three stages, providing visitors with the opportunity to hear from and engage with special guest speakers and experts presenting progressive ideas on gardening, design and wellbeing. Topics range from rooftop gardens, to Australian native orchards and worm farming.

Tickets and further program information are available at:

See you at the show!


Garden image is ‘My Island Home’ © Phillip Withers