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From Hampton Court to the Sydney Garden Show

A multi-award winning landscape designer from Melbourne will join the judging panel in an upcoming Sydney Garden Show.

1Jim Fogarty’s Essence of Australia presented by Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Image: Jim Fogarty

A Twitter hashtag that triggered a water pump for a billabong in his landscape exhibit was the stroke of genius that landed Jim Fogarty the Gold medal for Best Show Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

And now Fogarty, one of Melbourne’s premier landscape designers, will be back Down Under in September assessing the merits of other designers’ landscapes at the Australian Garden Show in Sydney.

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The multi-award-winning designer said he is looking forward to taking on a judging role alongside fellow judges such as Graham Ross VMM; Joe Snell from My House Rules; Jimmy Turner, Director of Horticulture Operations at Royal Botanic Gardens; and Linda Ross.As well, Fogarty will be constructing a modern backyard farm garden with Nigel Ruck and Don Burke over the four days of the show that the public can observe and be involved in.

‘Don’s wanting to do a garden demonstration live, so we’re looking at creating a garden space. It’s kind of like live TV. Don’s wanting to recreate the backyard farm, so I’m looking for a modern interpretation,’ he told ArtsHub. ‘People assume a backyard farm is post-war, raised vegie beds. A lot of younger people grimace at the concept. So I’m melding a younger approach with aesthetic appeal.’ There will be a focus on edibles to harvest, getting children involved. ‘And Don’s wanting to have chickens.’

More than 30 display gardens will be featured at this year’s show in an event that has doubled in size. The categories include two Feature Gardens, 10 Inspirational Gardens, 10 City Gardens presented by Debco, and 10 Balcony Gardens presented by Yates.3Andrew Fisher Tomlin display. Image: supplied

Among the highlights are an exploratory garden by NHGA UK Garden Designer of the Year Andrew Fisher Tomlin, who will create a garden that focuses on a safe place for sufferers of dementia, for the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation, 2014 Official Charity Partner. Tomlin’s design centres on a simple flowing path leading to a planted space with seating and water and more beyond. The aim is to provide those with early onset dementia a sense of place and therapeutic benefits.4Phillip Withers display. Image: supplied

Phillip Withers’ exhibit, My Island Home, features a timber beach hut and bridge surrounded by tall palms and colourful succulents; while Myles Baldwin will build an Inspirational Garden.

Visitors will also be able to engage with guest speakers in the Talks Series, where over 80 presentations will discuss topics such as rooftop gardens, native orchards and worm farming.

Australian Garden Show, Sydney

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