Our Award-winning Display Garden at the Queensland Garden Expo 2018
We're proud to announce we won the People's Choice award for Best Landscape Display at the Queensland Garden Expo 2018!
The Design Brief
We teamed up with Liam Guthrie Stonework & Landscaping to create a display garden in the Reflection Gardens category. Our theme for the display was coastal native, celebrating Australian coastal plants and natural materials like timber, stone, and metal. The event organisers also wanted to see a 'splash of purple' in the display gardens, which we achieved with a beautiful specimen of Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Duo' (False/Native Sarsaparilla).
The Design Concept
The challenge was to demonstrate what could be achieved in a small space (6m wide x 3m deep). Justin created the design concept including a meandering path of natural stone steppers through decomposed granite to a circular firepit area surrounded by a dry stack sandstone wall including a moon gate feature and seating. The hard landscaping was balanced by a harmonious and uncomplicated plant palette of coastal native Australian plants creating a restful experience. The space was split into two areas of equal proportion to increase depth and reduce emphasis on the width of the space. Timber screens were used at the back of the display to further enhance the sense of depth.
We even had a visit from Costa of Gardening Australia. He gave a tour of our display garden for the Expo attendees.
The feedback on the garden we had from the Expo attendees was wonderful. So many people told us they thought it was beautiful and would love to take it home with them. They cast their vote for their favourite Reflection Garden display and when the results were tallied on Sunday at the end of the Expo, ours was selected as the winner. We're so happy that people were as pleased with the result as we were. A big "thank you" to all the people who voted for our display!