Australian Garden Show Sydney
The second AGSS, held last weekend in Centennial Parklands, was a fabulous event despite the rain – and that followed blazing heat at the same time last year! I had lots of sympathy for participants and organisers.
The publicists were a bit cheeky describing this fledgling event as “the leading floral, gardening and lifestyle show in South East Asia”. (Did they mean ‘Australasia’?) And maybe it’s just omnipresent Sydney – Melbourne sibling rivalry because the well-established MIFGS (Melbourne International Garden & Flower Show) has been the most popular event in Australia, and even Nambour’s Garden Festival in regional Queensland is significant (35,000 visitors); plus others include the renown Singapore Garden Festival and Ellerslie Garden Show New Zealand.
Any garden event we applaud, especially when our designers’ work is on display, and the central Centennial Park venue hopefully will continue to host this event that’s wonderful for horticulture, and for Sydney.
Here are two of eight show gardens from ‘The Inspirational Gardens’ section – more to follow next post.
Constructed by Modify, OPEN WOODLAND was designed to blend with the slope of the land, working with cut and fill principles.
Open Woodland’s pavilion, cantilevered over a central pond, was constructed from steel angle and cedar battens.
Shrubbery, perennials, European fan palms and a pair of Magnolia stellate softened pockets, and spilled over the retaining wall.
A constant theme of lineal versus circular forms creates easy juxtaposition.
We’ve six more designers’s gardens to follow. Keep an eye on your inbox!