I know, we can’t believe it either. Time has flown and the last weekend in March has just passed, bringing with it the widely acclaimed Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. As usual the show was a raging success. Australia’s top landscape architects and designers have excelled again with a plethora of interesting, remarkable and always stylish garden designs. Eco Outdoor were lucky enough to work with both Eckersley Garden Architecture and Paul Bangay for the annual event.
We provided the Porphyry cobblestones and filetti products used in Paul’s classic and elegant garden. And we provided the brand new limestone Chalford, for the Eckersley display garden. We were lucky enough to catch up with Myles from EGA to get the low-down on their design.
EGA – The Garden Cornucopia MIFGS 2014
The design was inspired by the idea of the cornucopia, or a horn of plenty, a medieval symbol of abundance and nourishment. Traditionally this was a horned shape woven basket that was filled with goods from the Autumn harvest, produce such as pumpkins, berries, hops and grains would overflow from the vessel. Working with hexagonal timber frames EGA created a cornucopia of their own. The large horned shape structure moves throughout the garden and takes the viewer on a journey through the space. Rather than filling the cornucopia with a literal translation of vegetable plantings, the team at EGA used the hexagonal framework to house a lush, full and abundant garden.
EGA worked with a simple but unique palette of plants drawing back to the Victorian era. Working with Urban Environments Nursery the team sourced traditional plants such as English Yew, Specimen Succulents, Hops Pines and Sacred Bamboo to create a strong and gutsy garden to complement the structural cornucopia design. Contemporary materials were also used, a large mirror was situated at the end of the garden to increase the feeling of abundance and open up the space and beautiful hand blown lights from Mark Douglas were grouped in clusters hanging from the horn shape frame, creating a glowing sense of warmth. Sculptural metal spheres from Martin Jaine were also included, symbolic of the fruits of the Autumn harvest. The paving showcases Eco Outdoors newest limestone product Chalford, a beautiful heavily distressed limestone that added to the depth and texture to the design.
When I asked Myles what his favourite part of the design was he couldn’t get past that stunning cornucopia shape. ‘It’s almost spider like arches create a magical feel as your transcend the garden, each of the hexagonal portals spins to give a sense of movement and fluidity, almost like a living form within the space. It creates an experience, a journey that’s different for every viewer.’