TDF friend Phillip Withers started his company in 2012 and has been making serious waves in the local landscape design scene ever since! His team of designers, architects and horticulturalists are passionate about creating a sensory connection with the natural landscape through rich, productive native plant-life. Having created award-winning gardens at previous Melbourne International Flower and Garden shows, this year, the team had designed a garden inspired by the rugged coastline of Point Addis, which Phillip himself talked us through.
Talk us through the installation you had planned…
‘It’s Our Time’ was to be presented in association with Yarra Valley Water, and the planning, research and design took over a year! As more than half of Victoria’s vegetation has been cleared since European settlement, and we face the reality of climate change, we feel it’s our time to celebrate the importance of locality, encourage biodiversity, promote water conservation and the ecological role it plays in maintaining the quality of our soil, water and air.
The landscape starts with a bluestone lookout, which looks out over a native environment full of remnant plant life. A mix of grassland swales drift through the lower plains to the shrub that rolls up the sand dunes. The topography changes to reflect the sand dunes and rammed earth cliff structures protrude from the ground plain to emulate our amazing coastal environment. A bluestone boardwalk floats takes you down from the lookout, across the natural plains and towards the beach.