Landscape Media News
1 April 2009
Australia’s best-selling outdoor design magazine Outdoor Design & Living celebrated its 10th anniversary this year by having a presence at Australia’s premier outdoor design and horticultural event, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS).
Held at the heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and the Carlton Gardens from April 1 to 5, MIFGS is the largest horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts visitors from Australia and beyond.
More people attended the five-day floral and landscape fest this year than over the past two years. This year’s official crowd tally was 107,079 — a 13.1 per cent increase on 2008 and a 5.2 per cent increase on 2007.
Universal Magazines, publisher of Outdoor Design & Living, teamed up with the Landscape Industries Association of Victoria (LIAV) to create the Outdoor Design and Living Zone at the show. The Outdoor Design and Living Zone featured four landscape gardens sponsored by Universal Magazines that were designed and constructed by LIAV members.
One of the four landscape gardens, An Urban Oasis, designed by Carey Cavanagh of Carey Cavanagh Landscape Design & Construction, was awarded Silver in the Show Garden category.
The other three sponsored landscape gardens were A Vision of Waves by James Ross of Green Visions, Cool Living by Ros McCully of Ros McCully Garden Designs and The Garden of Wisdom by Bill Mooney of Inner City Landscapes.
The highly coveted City of Melbourne Award of Excellence — Best in Show was awarded to Habitat. The garden was designed by Phillip Johnson and constructed by Phillip Johnson Sustainable Landscape Systems. Recognised as the overall most outstanding exhibition, Habitat is a timely demonstration of landscape design for the 21st century and accounts for water restrictions and climate change.
Phillip Johnson was also one of three winners of the Gold Show Garden award at MIFGS. The other two winners were Food for Thought — Mighty Helpful Mitre 10’s Sustainable Living Garden, designed by Wayne De Klijin of AQL and Greenart Design by Jason Hodges, constructed by Greenart Gardens.
The Bronze Show Garden award went to Relativity, designed by James Dawson of James Dawson Landscape Design.
Top image: The Outdoor Design & Living Zone at MIFGS.
Bottom image: Habitat, by Phillip Johnson – Best in Show and Gold Show Garden at this year’s MIFGS.
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