Client: Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne Engineering: Meinhardt Cost Planning: DCWC Soil Consultants: Robert van de Graaff Lighting: Barry Webb and Associates Irrigation: Irrigation Design Consultants Water: Waterforms International Photographed by John Gollings, Ben Wrigley, and Peter Hyatt
Location: Cranbourne, Melbourne, Australia
This garden builds on established design principles, construction practices, and community recreation patterns, while addressing contemporary environmental and cultural issues to bring a new type of garden experience to visitors.
The garden seeks to create an environment in which specific qualities of flora are highlighted in a manner that will inspire visitors to further explore Australian plants. A common theme through the garden design is the exploration and expression of the evolving relationship between the Australian people and our landscape and flora.
Water is the mediating element between these natural and human derived gardens.
The garden highlights the tension between the natural landscape and our human impulse to steadily change it. This tension is not eliminated; rather it is the driving creative impulse for exploration, expression and interpretation of the landscape and its flora.