Brent ReidSneak peek – my next show garden

This sneak peek is something very exciting for me to be able to do. It makes it even more exciting to be able to share it with the public via GardenDrum. We have been working on this project in the back ground for a few months now. We have a lot of the infrastructure either in place, coming together or underway. The companies and people involved are all agreeable and know exactly what we all have to do, so it only seems fair to lift the lid slightly and give a sneak peak to what will be a very exciting project for me and the Candeo Design Family for 2014.

MIFGS 2014 - CONNECT by Candeo Design - a Family Life Concept

MIFGS 2014 – CONNECT by Candeo Design – a Family Life Concept

After thinking we may not be able to find an avenue to go back the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in 2014 I am very happy to announce Candeo Design will be involved in a garden at the show. The garden is called ‘CONNECT’ – A Family Life Garden. The garden will be presented by Bay Road Nursery, Designed by Candeo Design, Constructed by Atkinson Pontifex and Landscaped by Semken Landscaping for the Family Life Charity who do some amazing work for families in need in the bayside, and now surrounding areas of Melbourne.

We have again teamed up with Bay Road Nursery and Semken Landscaping, the team who have put together gardens at the last two MIFGS’ (‘Surge’ 2012 & ReSurgence’ 2013). For the 2014 show we have added a very exciting string to our bow in the form of Atkinson Pontifex for the construction of the central structure and main meeting point of the garden. All the people and companies involved are very excited to be able to put this garden on display at such an amazing event like the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show for such a fantastic charity doing some brilliant work helping families that fall on hard times.

Willie Wildlife Willy-Wagtail and Wren Birdbath-Bowl

One of Willie Wildlife’s birdbaths – Willy-Wagtail and Wren Birdbath-Bowl

The garden has been designed to be a family garden. There is a central structure which connects the family where they can eat, relax and come together to enjoy quality time. There are two distinct area wither side of the central structure. The first side is a parent’s retreat with detailed plantings, a touch of lawn and some canopy trees sheltering a beautiful birdbath by Willie Wildlife. The second side to the garden is the kid’s area with secret hiding spots and a dedicated fruit, vegetable and herb garden joined by an open lawn for playing. The garden is partly enclosed by walls and hedging plants. The planting theme is inspired by ‘Bayside Mediterranean’. If you are not sure what that planting means, you are going to have to come and visit the garden between the 26th and the 30th March 2014 in the magnificent, heritage listed Carlton Gardens and Melbourne Exhibition Building.

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Brent Reid

About Brent Reid

Brent has worked in the landscaping industry for 16 years, learning the ropes at Semken Landscaping whilst studying Horticulture at Burnley College and Holmesglen College. After working with some of Melbourne (and Australia’s) best landscape designers at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Brent’s passion for landscape design was born, which led to designing gardens for shows, Backyard Blitz and as a design advisor on Burkes Backyard. Brent spent 3 years in the United Arab Emirates designing and constructing pools and landscapes, including Palm Jumeirah (The Palm Island), Emirates Hills, Sharjah Botanical Museum, Sharjah English School and the Oundle School in Dubai. He also wrote a weekly column for Emirates Business 24/7 newspaper and articles for YOU! magazine. See Brent's work at Candeo Design on the Candeo Design Facebook

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