Phillip Johnson, SPASA Victoria member from Phillip
Johnson Landscapes, has designed the garden awarded Best In Show at the
prestigious 2013 Chelsea Flower Show in London.
The 'Trailfinders Australian Garden' exhibit, which
features a stone gorge, running waterfalls and a billabong, took a team of 18
volunteers 17 days to build, equivalent to 2,500 man hours.
Espousing Johnson's ideals of sustainability and water
conservation, the $2 million display was inspired by family holidays in the
Grampians in western Victoria.
"It's just the beauty of the Australian
outback," said Johnson.
While the design is entertaining, it also carries a
serious message of sustainability, collecting and filtrating rain water from
all hard surfaces and run off from neighbouring sites.
Solar panels at the rear of the garden ensure the whole
site is powered "off the grid".
This is the first Australian display to win Best In Show
and was also recognised with a gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society
SPASA Victoria would like to congratulate all involved in
the award winning project.
for a time lapse look at the breathtaking exhibit taking shape.