Australian Garden Entry Takes Out Top Garden Award

Australian Garden Entry Takes Out Top Garden Award

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith 

Royal Botanic Gardens’ ‘Australian Garden’ Wins GOLD At Prestigious Chelsea Flower Show

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith today congratulated the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne for taking out a gold medal at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show last night.

The gold winning ‘Australian Garden’ beat entries from all over the world to take out a gold medal in the world’s most prestigious garden show.

“The Royal Botanic Gardens are highly valued by the community as an environmental asset for everyone to enjoy. The Gardens attract more than 1.6 Million visitors each year from Victoria, interstate and overseas.” Mr. Smith said.

“The ‘Australian Garden’ displays a number of unique and endangered plant species native to Australia that has rarely been featured before at the world-renowned show.” Mr. Smith said.

The garden depicts the arid outback of Australia, characterised by the absence of water, and then gradually increasing the presence of water in landscapes during an imaginary journey to the wetter, urban east coast.

“I would also like to congratulate Fleming’s Nurseries of Monbulk and designer Ian Barker, winners of a Silver Gilt award for their garden based on Joseph Bank’s historic voyage on The Endeavour.” Mr. Smith said.

The Chelsea Flower Show is regarded as the pinnacle of excellence for landscape design and horticultural display. More than 157,000 people attend this prestigious annual show, as well as cohorts of international media.

Dr. Phillip Moors, Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, said he was honoured to accept the gold award at Chelsea.

“The reaction from visitors to the show has been universally complimentary. This is a tremendous accolade for Australian horticulture and design.” Dr. Moors said.

Almost 3,000 shrubs and trees were hand-selected for the project, including rare and threatened seeds shipped from Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne to the UK. The seeds were collected as part of the Victorian Conservation Seedbank, an international partnership with the Millennium Seed Bank Project, led by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

“This is an outstanding acknowledgement to the team at the Royal Botanic Gardens, including designer Jim Fogarty, landscapers, sponsors and donors.” Mr. Smith said.