Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Scoop Homes and Art 38 Contents On approach to Chelsea, one must bow to the Royal
Family at Kensington Palace, give way to Sloane Rangers
spilling from Harvey Nichols, and give credence to rock
and roll royalty who have long made The King’s Road their own.
This year’s visitors, however, left behind the cultural,
architectural and landscape traditions of formal Victorian Britain
and entered the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower
Show to be transported, just like their ancestors, to an idyllic
Australian pastoral scene.
The Trailfinders Australian Garden, presented by Fleming’s
Nurseries, was designed by Phillip Johnson of the renowned
Phillip Johnson Landscapes, and his Waratah Studio enthralled
visitors with a 360° view of the unique bushscape.
Whether or not they have experienced it firsthand, the
Australian bush is a landscape that continues to stir the
imagination of the British. But while the garden certainly moved
the crowd emotionally, it is the lessons it provided that Phillip
hopes people left with.
Designed to challenge conventional Australian urban garden
design with sustainable water solutions that deal with ‘a land of
drought and flooding plains’, the garden demonstrates how each
of us can help rebuild the natural environment.
Imperative to the design was promotion of biodiversity and
habitat creation, the use of recycled materials and solar power,
and bushfire suppression systems.
Native plant selection was determi ned by the three distinct
zones, planted with aquatics, moisture-loving species and
temperates to represent the vast variations of environments in
which local plants can survive.
01 The Waratah Studio, created from laser-cut recycled timber petals, has louvred windows to let
fresh air circulate naturally, while the roof harvests water for the rainwater tank and billabong.
02 An iconic sandy beach evokes the spirit of an Australian summer.
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