Australians win BEST IN SHOW at London's Chelsea Flower Show for the first time in history
After nine years of presenting show gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society’s world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in London, the Aussies have made history around the world, being presented with a BEST IN SHOW medal at the awards ceremony held overnight in London - a feat never before achieved by an Australian team.
The ninth and final entry for Chelsea Flower Show stalwarts, Fleming’s Nurseries, the Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming’s was not only awarded with a prestigious Gold Medal but also with the ‘Best in Show’ honour which has eluded the team for so many years.
Designed by sustainable landscaper, Phillip Johnson of Phillip Johnson landscapes, the Best in Show medal at what is regarded as the ‘Olympics of the horticulture world’, represents something of a career zenith for the already highly-awarded landscape firm.
This year’s Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming’s is a sustainable habitat complete with monolithic stone gorge, running waterfalls, a studio structure and billabong.
Renowned for his approach to sustainable landscape and garden design, Phillip Johnson’s design is maintained by an integrated water management system which is independent from mains water and reduces the impact on the storm water infrastructure by retaining and recycling storm water run-off.
A three metre-cubed home ‘studio’ structure, designed by Melbourne-based architecture firm, Studio 505, was a key feature in the garden’s design and had been crafted specifically for the Queen’s height.
The finished design took a total of 17 days and over 2,500 man-hours to build, transforming what once resembled a bare soccer pitch into a sustainable garden retreat.