I loved the touch of quirkiness that was on show at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show this year.
First up is Ohana designed by GHLD. The intention was to create a relaxed setting for modern living and this garden really works. Personally I think the huge backdrop with the surfing girl absolutely makes what would otherwise just be a very good outdoor space. The quirkiness of the image gives the space fun and joyfulness.
This garden is beautiful, the spaces just right for their purpose and it deservedly won silver.
Right of Way
Even more quirky is Right of Way designed by Daniel Tyrrel. Celebrating the little laneways around Melbourne which are being upgraded in so many different ways, this lane is bright, feels safe and can only be enjoyable.
I absolutely get the contrast between the bright pastel but sharp graffiti on the one hand and the informal raggedy cobble surface and weed-like planting on the other.
What Goes Around
Designed by Inovasis, this little gem is built in tiers using circles in all different kinds of material. Contemporary and quirky with the round tubs and bright blue sails this delightful garden would be appreciated in many an inner city townhouse. I loved it.
Find Your Balance
Designed by Christina Jenkins for Beyond Blue I love the hanging seat precariously balanced over the pond in the Carlton Gardens which can only be reached by stepping stones from the safety of the gazebo.
This garden perfectly symbolizes the balance we all face in life from time to time
Just the name celebrates this rooftop garden making light of the formality of French gardens through the quirky succulent parterre and cushions. Only someone who gets Barry McKenzie and Monty Python would celebrate this one
And last but not least is this delightful garden within a cage designed by Gardenridge. Not sure it would be in my garden because I am always looking for the wide open spaces but I love the design. It deservedly came second in the Boutique Garden category.