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Future Garden

Techniques such as cultivars, grafting, hybrids and more recently plant genomics (bioengineering) all seek to alter the naturally occurring form of a plant in some fundamental, synthetic way in the search for something new and improved.

This garden is an exploration  into synthetic  Australian plant production and how this activity may support the advancement of rare and endangered spices.  It recognises that the real frontier for horticulture change in the future will occur at the cellular (genetic) level.  

This garden represents a scale shift: a synthetic, cellular landscape planted with species of native plants that are the result of different levels of artificial manipulation. Particular species are planted en masse within a series of raised mounds that emerge from the ground.  Like cells within the blood stream, visitors circulate through and around these raised mounds on a system of pathways.  The choice of materials for mulch  pathways and edging includes a range of synthetic and recycled products, including as crushed concrete,  and  plastics bottles.

 

Client

Client: ​Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Year

2004-5

Awards

Winner, Exhibition Garden Design Competition, RBG, 2003

Best Environmental Landscape, Architectural Excellence in the South East Awards, 2006

Chairman’s Premier Award, Architectural Excellence in the South East Awards, 2006

Merit Award in Design, AILA Victorian Chapter, 2007