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Essence of Australia for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, designed by Chelsea veteran Jim Fogarty to capture the sparse plantlife and harsh beauty of the landscape down under

Essence of Australia for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, designed by Chelsea veteran Jim Fogarty to capture the sparse plantlife and harsh beauty of the landscape down under and a worthy winner of a gold medal and Best in Show

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Loved the sparse, uncompromising planting: just so different from anything else here. The plant list for this garden reads like a foreign language: this, I think, is Chrysocephalum apiculatum, common everlasting, an Australian version of our Helichrysum

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The sinuous water feature in the centre was inspired by the Aboriginal Rainbow serpent and blupped occasionally in a billabong sort of way.

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Red rock simultaneously captures the spirit of the Aussie outback and sets off the plants dramatically well. I was particularly taken with this butter-yellow kangaroo paw (Anizoganthos)

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