Countdown to MIFGS – the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is on from March 20-24, 2013 in Carlton Gardens. There will be display gardens by some of Australia’s top designers, but where are the women?
It’s a great line-up for MIFGS with lots of quality design and landscaping companies but really disappointing that as far as I can find out there’s not a single female designer exhibiting in the main display gardens. Why is that? Better things to do? A different way of doing business? Hopefully the excellent Plantmark Student Design Competition on the theme “Landscaping for Bushfire; The Suburban Garden” plus the inspiring Avenue of Achievable Gardens will showcase some up-and-coming talent of both genders.
This display garden designer list has taken a bit of detective work. [Thanks ‘Secret Source’] Considering it’s less than 2 weeks before the show open, can you believe that the MIFGS website hasn’t even been updated from 2012?
Rick Eckersley – Australian House and Garden magazine’s ‘Connections’ garden, celebrating Neighbour Day with a garden place to share experiences and nature. A place for people to come together.
Ian Barker – focussing on perennial plantings to create a meadow-style garden off-set by a sleek and contemporary entertaining area
Phillip Withers – ‘Cubeism’, interpreting the arid climate of the Peruvian borders in contrast to pockets of oasis.
Jason Hodges – showcasing a variety of plants and herbs that are perfect for different age groups, improve vitality and enhance your skin’s appearance. Kitchen area, lawn space for the kids and edible plants dotted throughout
Mark Browning – ‘Laconic’, a modernist pavilion inspired by designs from the 1950s and 1960s dominates the design. Soft plantings and a large pool
Daniel Tyrrell – pre-fabricated outdoor entertaining room with a green roof, surrounded by a lush meadow-style garden
David Howard – of Bay Road Nurseries with Candeo design and Semken Landscaping – ‘ReSurgence’, inspired by the 100th anniversary of the death of William Guilfoyle – the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne
Rob Waddell – a rustic garden featuring a dry stack wall, central water feature and blue stone walls
Christopher Guransky – ‘Ordered Nature’ – using nature to create an intimate space with hedges as walls and the sky as the ceiling
Jake Adamson – ‘Flux’, a contemporary design with Japanese influences. Raw materials feature throughout including natural granite paving, industrial concrete, bamboo screens and old railway sleepers. Water, fire and wind are elements that are represented in the garden
Scott Wynd – minimalist contemporary design including feature pool