Holmesglen Design Students Stunning Gardens at MIFGS

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Kilby Park Tree Farm has been strengthening our ties with Holmesglen TAFE recently, and we are very proud to be sponsors for two Holemsglen students who are entering designs in the Achievable Gardens section of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS).

Tomoko Nishida’s clever design is based on the concept of modularity. Called ‘The Moveable Garden’, the design is a modular, free-arrangement garden that unlocks the potential of small gardens. Each arranged element is in a square unit or pot that can be flexibly re positioned. You can enjoy designing your outdoor space with your imagination and adapt the layout to complement the seasons. This Garden Design is open-ended and is suitable for a balcony, rooftop or small courtyard.

In this outdoor living area, you can feel the ambience which is created by a combination of features including wooden grid panels, timber decking and screening plants. The selection of evergreen plants provides a year round screen with seasonal foliage of light green, deep green and burgundy.

We are pleased to be suppliers of following plants: Agonis flexuosa ‘Burgundy’, Bambusa oldhamii, Loropetalum ‘China Pink’, Trachelospermum jasminoides and Thysanolaena maxima (Tiger Grass).


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Mahli Cadman has thought about the dilemma for a lot of garden-lovers, that is, living in a rental property. How to create a garden you love without investing time, mone and energy into a garden that you will have to leave behind when you move.

I’ll let Mahli explain her inspiration;

‘The inspiration for this garden has come from my own personal experiences of renting, and a love of the pastel colours that defined the ‘50s. By marrying the two concepts and introducing a certain modern aspect, I’m creating a space that’s fun and quirky, yet versatile and sophisticated. Having these two facets gives a certain depth of character to the garden.’

‘I want to challenge the idea of what having a garden in a rental property really means. The general dilemma of shrinking block sizes and lifestyle changes makes us re-evaluate the way we use living spaces and how we can still make it personal. The beauty of this garden is its ability to be changed, moved around and taken with you, wherever you go.’

‘The bright, fresh pastel colours of the 1950’s has always been appealing to me, so I wanted to include them in the garden. The mint green and aqua blue are juxtaposed against a muted range of greys and whites. I’ve scattered pockets of colour to entice and invite. This is also reflected in the plant selection with the addition of mauves, blues, yellows and whites.’

Kilby Park Tree Farm the top wholesale plants Melbourne nursery have helped me achieve this. I’ve used Sapium siberferum to add height and shade. They’re suitable for pots, they’re slightly standardised which allows for a more open, unified space and the foliage is bold in shape yet subtle subtle in colour. Towards the back of the garden I’ve placed two beautiful lush Waterhousia floribundas for height and screening purposes. They help to frame the rest of the garden by blocking out fences and softening the edges, removing some of the unsightly hard surfaces from view. Kilby Tree Farm have also provided the Gardenias that feature throughout my garden. The fresh green leaves and creamy white flowers add a burst of energy to the array of plants and contrast well against the pots.’

‘This garden is incredibly achievable, as it can be easily replicated by the home gardener and tailored to their own desires or needs.’

We wish both Mahli and Tomoko the best of luck with their garden creations.


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