Andrew Fisher-Tomlin with Sandra Tiltman

Andrew Fisher-Tomlin with Sandra Tiltman

The inaugural Australian Garden Show Sydney, is on display in Centennial Park from last Thursday to Sunday 8 September, is one of the most exciting outdoor events to be held in Sydney for many years.

Event Ambassador and also one of the judges, England’s Andrew Fisher-Tomlin, gave local media a guided tour of the show prior to Thursday’s opening.  Andrew dressed the part, looking resplendent in a blue floral suit, complete with shorts.

Brendan Moar's Garden awarded Best In Show

Brendan Moar’s Garden awarded Best In Show

Designers had ten days to build their gardens, and have everything ready for the panel of judges, chaired by Graham Ross.

Several large Inspirational Gardens were on display, almost equaling anything Chelsea Flower Show has to offer.  It was great to meet Lifestyle Channel’s Charlie Albone who filled us in on the details of his garden display, which even featured an old leather armchair.  Gave me some ideas of how I can re-use my old furniture.

The Urban Gardens designed for smaller spaces shared plenty of hints for people to take away and use in their own gardens.

On Wednesday evening, Environment Minister Robyn Parker joined NSW Governor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, to officially open the Australian Garden Show Sydney and announce the winning garden displays.

The prestigious Best In Show award was presented to Brendan Moar for his garden “Suspended”, featuring hanging plants above a central pond.

With Charlie Albone in front of his award winning garden

With Charlie Albone in front of his award winning garden

Andrew Fisher-Tomlin, the current NHGA UK Garden Designer of the Year and winner of many other awards for residential gardens and public spaces has collaborated with Tom Harfleet, a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal winner to design “September Sky”.  They have used Australian native plants in their beautiful display, inspired by Australia’s wide open skies and light.  This garden looked completely at home in its setting and I think it should be made a permanent feature of Centennial Park once the show is finished.

As well as the wonderful garden displays, visitors can enjoy a meal in the Harvest Restaurant or a glass of wine in the outdoor Lindeman’s Open Garden, attend cooking demonstrations, wander through the many stalls selling everything to do with the garden, such as plants and seedlings, garden furniture and books.  There are also plenty of activities for the kids to learn about gardening and to get their fingers dirty.

Open from 10am to 10pm, the public will have a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will be drawn on Sunday afternoon.

Sandra Tiltman   PHOTOS: John Pond



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