Phillip WithersPalm Springs style in a window pop-up garden

I think that if we want to get new people excited about gardens and gardening, as designers we need to take a garden to where they are, rather than expecting they’re going to come looking for us. So instead of designing and building a Melbourne show garden this year, the team and I decided to do something a little different. Working with our interior funk sisters over at Melbourne’s interior design retail heaven, The Family Love Tree in Prahran, we’ve taken their shop window to the next level.

Palm Springs by Phillip Withers at The Family Love Tree, Prahran

Palm Springs by Phillip Withers at The Family Love Tree, Prahran

We’ve been working with The Family Love Tree for a while now and finding that the more garden we can work in to compliment their great interior design style, the more customers love it and start asking about plants and gardens. We’ve had a wall garden inside before that got a lot of conversations started, but now we’ve taken it out front with a big bold new window display garden that will stop people as they walk by, and then bring them inside where there’s a second garden to take over their interest.

Inside Palm Springs garden at The Family Love Tree

Inside Palm Springs garden at The Family Love Tree, Prahran in Melbourne

Our pop-up indoor gardens reflect an understated but elegant design aesthetic found in mid-century ‘Palm Springs’ architecture style. This was one of the first architecture styles that made the garden that was close around the house feel part of the home – a place to entertain outside and enjoy. To bring it into this century, we’ve combined it with a little pattern funk, some pastel pop, and added a dash of modern spice.

Palm Springs by Phillip WithersThe result is a minimalist but also natural indoor garden, bringing in a Coachella Valley California desert chic. Imagine it in the evening light, with the last rays of the sun playing over the succulents sitting like living sculptures in front of a backdrop of palms to give that sense of cooler green oasis. A place to party with a cold American ale!

We’re finding it’s a great way to connect with a local community that’s into design, and also with people who can now see how a perfect partnership between garden design and interior design will really make their home a place they’ll love.

A great partnership - with Katie Graham of The Family Love Tree

A great partnership – with Katie Graham of The Family Love Tree

Many thanks to the following businesses that collaborated in this indoor garden – Avoca Landscape Construction, Haymes Paint, Plantmark (plants) and Cubic Products (brick supply).

Palm Springs‘ – now showing at The Family Love Tree, 508 Malvern St, Prahran (south-east Melbourne) until 10 April 2016. 

Phillip Withers Landscape Design - Phillip Withers, Emmaline Bowman and Daniel Foot-Connolly

Phillip Withers Landscape Design – Phillip Withers, Emmaline Bowman and Daniel Foot-Connolly

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Phillip Withers

About Phillip Withers

Phillip started his design through more art based development studying a Diploma in Arts at RMIT. He was then drawn to garden design through garden maintenance and construction, studying a Diploma in Landscape Design and Sustainability at Swinburne University. He started Phillip Withers Landscape Design and has been lucky enough to create 3 show gardens in different forms, from achievable, to student, to professional. He has also taught Computer Aided Design with Kangan Institute and now Swinburne University. Phil is also a keen traveller and believes that it is the key to keeping design interesting…

2 thoughts on “Palm Springs style in a window pop-up garden

  1. Helen on said:

    Love your creativity Phillip. Totally agree with your idea to take gardening to where people are, to engage and excite them.

  2. Moira on said:

    Looks stunning will definitely come up from Torquay for a look

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