The mornings are getting cooler in Melbourne, the leaves are starting to change colours and it’s a beautiful time of year to enjoy some of the City’s parks. The Carlton Gardens are a beautiful place to go at the best of times, but in March they undergo a spectacular transformation for The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. As one of the biggest and best garden shows on the planet, it really is a must do on your calendar for March.
This year savewater!® is at the show on behalf of the Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia (RHAA) on site with Landscaping Victoria. The site was designed by Phillip Johnson Landscapes, who won best in show at the Chelsea Garden Show last year.
I got a sneak peak of the site yesterday afternoon. From the front, I must say, I was disappointed as I was greeted by a concrete wall – although this is what so many homes in the suburbs look like – lots of concrete, when it rains the water just runs off, and it gets really hot in Summer.
Looks can be deceiving though, sometimes we just need to take a look through the open door to experience an entirely different world. As I stepped though the doorway I walked into a wonderland of natural sounds, smells and colours.
Stepping stones leading to a fresh, recycled wooden walkway, with greenery on both sides that led down to a bridge.
The bridge crossed over a natural billabong with water flowing from a rainwater tank into a small stream on my right, then a wall garden on my left. I continued on down the path into the shade of the wall garden, surrounded by lush ferns with garden lights guiding my way.
This garden, rightfully titled ‘Healthy Green Living,’ really is a special experience, one that must be enjoyed. I caught up with Michael Walker from Landscaping Victoria who extends an open invitation to come and visit the display.
The show is on until Sunday March 30, come and visit us at site A67.