Achievable Gardens: Native Hideaway


Native Hideaway was awarded Silver Award Winner in the 2017 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show Achievable Gardens competition.

“An Australian Native garden, designed to invite you to discover tranquillity and calm whilst employing sustainable design practises.”

Every Garden that I create becomes a favourite, however participating at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show in 2017 was certainly a highlight. I was able to express myself without limitations and create a garden that was as much a conceptual piece at it was creative expression. ‘Native Hideaway’, which received a Silver Medal, is a garden designed around self-reflection and self-discovery, an opportunity to connect with nature and disconnect from the pressures of a busy life.

Native Hideaway was designed and constructed using only Australian Native plants and Australian hard woods. Everything that was used in the display was either reused or recycled into landscapes which was important to me to create a space that was aesthetically appealing but also Sustainable by design.

The experience was humbling and I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to display my garden having met so many wonderful people during the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show who also displayed their enthusiasm for Garden Design, Sustainable Gardening, Plants and nature.

I look forward to showcasing more of our designs in coming years and the wonderful experience that the Show week presents.

Native Hideaway is a lush, tranquil modern native Australian garden that ties in both modern design and symmetry to balance colour, texture and form.  The selective colour palette of soft greys, silver, blue and greens provide a calming yet familiar and comfortable setting we can all feel at home with.

Plants used are; Adenanthos sericeus, Casuarina cunninghamiana, Correa alba, Dianella revoluta, Doryanthes excelsa, Eremophila glabra ‘Murchison Magic’, Ficinia nodosa, Lomandra  Glauca ‘blue Ridge’, Lomandra longifolia, Lomandra longifolia ‘tanika’, Lomandra confertifolia, Rhagodia spinescens and Westringia fruiticosa ‘jervis gem’.

The recycled timber leaf structure and recycled batten fence were initially constructed and treated at Swinburne University’s Wantirna campus and then final assembly tool place at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden show.

The plants used in the Native Hideaway garden were sponsored and kindly supplied by Humpris Nursery who are located at Mooroolbark, Victoria.  http://humphris.com.au/ and Plantmark  Nurseries https://www.plantmark.com.au/ located throughout Melbourne