Taking on the build of a feature garden is certainly not for the faint hearted. The concept, design and construction of a show garden can be likened to competing in an Olympics or running a marathon.
The concept of uniting all disciplines that make up the landscape industry was achieved and ‘Embrace the Landscape’ provided a singular platform for all to enquire, engage and work together as a collaborative.
The largest industry feature garden of its kind, ‘Embrace the Landscape’ served as an anchor at the show and a shelter for visitors during the rainy spells.
There was no budget for the build and the LNA was reliant on contractor and supplier members to work together to deliver the feature garden. Full marks to major sponsor Alpine Nurseries for supplying truckloads of plant material which enhanced the overall garden. The ‘Embrace the Landscape’ feature garden is testament to the grit and determination of members who demonstrated agility and a can-do attitude.
Head teachers and students from both Padstow and Illawarra TAFE Institutes took the opportunity to work closely with experienced contractors during the construction of the feature garden and learned a thing or two.
Many would not have been aware that two substructures were constructed as we needed to contend with two weeks of wet weather. The team worked tirelessly around the clock and over the weekend to deliver the feature garden on time.
The LNA would like to wholeheartedly thank the many contributors to the ‘Embrace the Landscape’ feature garden.
LNA ‘Embrace the Landscape’ feature garden contributors included:
Major Partner:Universal Magazines Pty Ltd – Outdoor Rooms Magazine
Alpine Nurseries Pty Ltd
Cave – The House of Stone
Design:LNA Board Member and Designer - Chris Slaughter of Scenic Blue Design
Builder Creators:LNA Member Structural Landscapers; Project Manager Nathan Roger of Integral Landscapes; Edwards Donovan Landscapes Pty Ltd; Antscapes; Wilson Pedersen Landscapes; Design Landscapes; Good Manors Pool and Gardens; TAFE Illawarra Institute Yallah College; and Simpson Landscapes and Consultants.
Suppliers:Gardens at Night Pty Ltd; Midcoast Timber; Escea; Materials in the Raw; Nationwide Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd; AGB Events; Greenwall Australia; Grassman; Fred Alwahan Sculptor; Lavita Furniture; Danny Kildare Photography; Randall Evans Filming; Snap Eastwood; Marketiers; 2Barrows; Clearpond; Red Hot Designs; Formboss; Yardware; and Landscape Screens.
Attendees/Representatives:AILDM (Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers); AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects); NGINA (Nursery and Garden Industry, NSW & ACT Ltd); Ingham Institute; TAFE Northern Sydney Institute Ryde; TAFE Hunter Institute; TAFE North Coast Institute; NSW Fair Trading; TAFE Illawarra Institute Yallah College; and TAFE South Western Institute.
The LNA would also like to thank Linda and Graham Ross (LNA Ambassador) of the Garden Clinic for their generous support and the promotion of the ‘Embrace the Landscape’ feature garden.
For more information on Embrace the Landscape, click here.
Images courtesy of Danny Kildare Photography.