The 4 Designs for MIFGS 2014

Well its the end of MIFGS 2014 and AILDM‘s garden place.grow.shift garden has been packed up and will take a little rest before resurrected in Sydney for the Australian Garden Show at Centennial Park, 4 – 7 September 2014.

With that in mind lets see the 4 different designs that were created for AILDM’s show garden fro MIFGS 2014.

DESIGN 1 – Meg Geary – MG Gardens, Hamish Williamson – Creswell Design, Anna Murphy- Anna Murphy Designs and Heather Hesterman- LUSHPLOT

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DESIGN 2 – Craig MacDonald and Brad Phillips- Spade Design

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DESIGN 3- Botanical Traditions– Jason Cahill

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DESIGN 4- Fresh Landscape Design – Jennie Curtis, Chris Curtis and Renae Palmer

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Day 5 of MIFGS 2014, Sunday 30th March and at 12pm a member of the audience was asked if they would like to re-design a section of the place.grow.shift garden in front of the public. An eager Ben Trend came up with a dynamic design that reconfigured the seating arrangement of Fresh Landscape Design.


Ben, a 3rd year Landscape Architecture student at RMIT, volunteered to re-design a section of the place.grow.shift garden. Here he is pictured with AILDM’s Stephen Read discussing his design.


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Michael Carbone and Hamish Williamson getting the deck into shape for Ben.

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Here Ben has created an interesting modular cacophony with plants and colour framing the seating area. He has used all the features of the Like Butter crates to their full potential. Well done Ben to take the challenge in front of the public!

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Thank you to all the AILDM team and members through out MIFGS who have helped talk to the public and answer questions about the place.grow.shift design, about plants in general and why such and such plant isn’t flowering to where’s a good place to eat in Melbourne! Great job everyone and nice to meet you all………What lovely members AILDM has.


Bushland Flora

Bushland flora is one of our fabulous plant sponsors. A specialist in growing Australian native plants since 1989. Set in the hills of Mt Evelyn on the outskirts of Melbourne this nursery has a retail outlet, huge growing area, and an exciting array of stock plants. Manager Ian Shimmen has combined his vast knowledge of Australian plants with his lengthy nursery experience to produce a wide variety of plants, not just the home gardener but for many major public plantings too.

Here are the plants that BushlandFlora has supplied for place.grow.shift.

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Together with Peter Goldup, Ian has developed the ‘Bush Magik’ plant range. The ‘Bush Magik’ range tick all the boxes with a range that excels in interesting foliage, lengthy flowering times and tough plants.  If you haven’t seen the popular Acacia Lime Magik or Acacia Mini Cog planted in a garden near you then you haven’t been out enough, my personal favourite is the Casuarina Shagpile.

Have a look at the range from Bushland Flora

The Bush Magik Australian plant range was developed by Ian Shimmen and Peter Goldup. Peter has been growing plants for over 40 years and together with Ian has selected varieties that are tough, require low water and are attractive

Ian study at Burnley Horticulture College and competed a Diploma of Science in Amenity Horticulture in 1980. Bushland Flora is now a major supplier of quality Australian plants, which provide a comprehensive range of Victorian indigenous and general Australian plant lines in cell trays, 75mm, 150mm, the new biodegradable peat tubes, 8.5cm, 14cm & 20cm pots and selected varieties in 25cm and 30cm pots. Bushland Flora operates from two nursery sites based east of Melbourne in the Yarra Valley.

Bushland Flora is able to offer a consultancy service in plant design, for larger jobs, and supply all types of revegetation work, from roadside plantings, council reserves, and golf courses and have supplied plants for projects such as City Link, Western Ring Road, Eastern Freeway, Melbourne Docklands, and Melbourne Zoo, botanical gardens at Melbourne, Cranbourne and Geelong.

Bushland Flora also supply high quality stock to the retail sector and have stands at all the major Melbourne Plant Markets.

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Day 4 at MIFGS, Saturday 29th March 2014, and we see an interesting design by Jason Cahill from Botanical Traditions using the screens and cylinders on the side with plants almost jumping up and down. At lunchtime though all is removed from the decking and then last designers, Fresh Landscape Design start implementing their design.

The design crew is Jennie Curtis, Chris Curtis and Renae Palmer, who have a Landscape Architecture practice at Bungendore just outside Canberra. With the AILDM team they move the crates off the deck and start arranging the elements to create a totally new design.


All the plants. screens, crates are moveable and so everything is taken to the side before FreshLandscape Design’s plan is put into practice.

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A relatively barren deck. Screens being taken down. This whole process shows how given the same brief that Landscape Designers will create something different each time.

MIFGS_sat_29_reduc_08 The public beyond the barriers are watching intrigued to what will happen next as this design evolves.

MIFGS_sat_29_reduc_09 The Anigozanthos peeping through the screen

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What a nice spot to have a rest!

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The back left deck

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just can’t keep the public off the decking as it is so inviting!

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Well its day 3 at MIFGS and Spade Design by Craig MacDonald and Brad Phillips has been a hit with the public at the show. Craig was interviewed by Stephen Read Victorian Director of AILDM and Craig has created a dynamic design with some quiet spots that you could imagine would be nice to sit in with a cup of tea or glass of wine.

Have a look below.

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love the Lomandra coming out of the red cylinders!

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the big red cylinder is filled with banksia blechnifolia

At midday on Friday 28 March, Spade Design was taken down making way for Jason Cahill from Botanical traditions. Here are AILDM members removing all the modules, crates, screens and plants to reconfigure the design into a dynamic playground.

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Craig from Spade Design, part of the change-over team installing crates MIFGS_fri_28_reduc_15 MIFGS_fri_28_reduc_14

There have been lots of AILDM members from all over Australia coming and being involved with the place.grow.shift garden, helping with the change-overs, talking to the public and explaining the design concept. Talking about the benefits of what a Landscape Designer can offer any project be it big or small.


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Day 2 at MIFGS and the place.grow.shift garden is about to change into Design 2 by the talented Spade design team, Craig and Brad form the central coast of NSW. We met some lovely AILDM members from Brisbane, Natalie, Tobias and Rachel who all enjoyed the show.

Taking all the units off the deck and then reconfiguring the modules into Spades design. As true to its name, Melbourne had rain and shine in the one day!

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getting the posts out from under the decking to install the screens in a different locationMIFGS_thur_27_14 moving the cylindersMIFGS_thur_27_15Craig chatting to Stephen about his design

MIFGS_thur_27_16love this, looks like a nice spot for lunch!

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Look how fabulous the Shiver me timbers timber in the screen works with the blue ply screens from Plyco. The text with the subtle shift was created by Lump Sculpture Studio who were generous and accommodating with their time and our requests. Thanks Chris and Chris, the screens would not be standing up if it wasn’t for your welded brackets hidden in the decking!

Its all the little things that contribute to making a project a success……….

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Well it was a race to the finish line today as Renae, Hamish, Anna and Heather arranged the module units and got the crates and plants just right! They painted all the screens again and added grey touch ups to the skirting. All the plants were well watered this morning and are looking good. The sign arrived and so did the grey matting that surrounds AILDM’s garden, the boys installing calling themselves ‘the grey tsunami ‘.

Hamish had his ruler and was positioning crates exactly as per the plan. The wooden outdoor table by Like Butter with the white powder coated legs looks great.

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details of the Banksia speciosa and the shadow play on the cylinders.

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We did have to run away at 3 and then wait patently as the judges deliberated as to who gets the gold and silver. (So far no calls!) We then had to do a quiet and precise job of aligning the white vinyl lettering onto one of the screens, here it is in progress…..hidden behind our neighbours garden – hoping we weren’t seen!

Designer- Heather Hesterman

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Heather Hesterman from LUSHPLOT is one of the Landscape Designers who designed the concept of place.grow.shift, a moveable garden for AILDM. Here she talks to about her design practice.

Tell us a little background about yourself and how you become involved in Landscape Design?

My background is in Fine Art and I have created sculptural installations that explore a sense of place and scale; be it domestic, emotional or referencing a broader landscape. More recently I studied Landscape Design at NMIT (Fairfield), which was a great experience and extension to my arts practice and won 1st prize in AILDM’s National Student Design Competition in 2012. Landscape design considers site, form, function, texture and colour just like Fine Art. The essential difference being that in the garden context I am using and specifying forms that are living and constantly changing. The spatial variables that can be achieved in landscape design are very exciting. I am passionate about plants, and landscape designs that have strong forms and colour.

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I am a member of the community group Merri Stationeers a lively group of local residents revegetating the surrounds of the Merri railway station. The Stationeers are an inspiring bunch of people and I have learnt a lot from their varied expertise. Urban spaces that offer the potential to be revegetated and become green spaces will become increasingly valuable as urban density increases. Open green spaces such as these, will be a haven for wildlife, commuters and local residents alike and need to be preserved for future generations.

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What would you consider to be the essentials to create a successful Landscape Design?

I think it’s most important to listen to the client and get to know not only what they want to convey in their garden but also how the garden might be used. It’s the landscape designers’ role to mesh their ideas with their clients’ but present ideas that go beyond what the client initially thought possible.  The client is seeking a designer’s expertise and ability to create interesting solutions and make the space engaging.

The sayings ‘less is more’, and ‘form follows function’ are mantras that I try to subscribe to. In my designs I aim to create interest and adhere to sustainable practice. For example, using permeable paving where possible, minimising the amount of waste leaving the site, and using suitably hardy species  for each particular site and position.

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Who or what are your creative influences and which Designer do you admire?

I really think that Martha Schwartz and her practice is inspiring and then in no particular order, artists: Richard Long, Donald Judd, Cornelia Parker, Patrick Pound, Banksy, Tacita Dean, and landscape designers: Juan Grimm, Ken Smith, Piet Oudolf, Andrea Cochran, Fiona Brockhoff, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, the Angahook StatePark, Point Addis (Surf Coast Walk), the gardens at Versailles, Cranbourne Botanical Garden (see below) and the High Line in NY!


What are your favourite plants and what we should see more of in Australian urban designs?

Oh that’s easy, but always changing…. I love sculptural foliage. Any banksia’s or hakeas are great. I think correas are incredible as they grow practically anywhere. But I also love Brachyichitons, Acers, Pennesetums and Sedums for their colour. In Melbourne, letting in northern light in winter calls for deciduous trees.  We should all be planting many more trees, as they store carbon, are relatively low maintenance and keep our houses cooler in summer many produce great fruit too. I think Prunus avium ‘Stella’ cherries and ‘Moorpark’ apricots are an absolute all-time favourites. Who can resist the joy of eating home grown fruit picked straight from the tree! Herbs and seasonal vegies are also fun for kids and adults alike.

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In terms of hard landscaping materials; I love timber decking, raised board-walks and clever use of materials. I think that when architects and builders design houses they need to consider the spaces that they leave behind to be landscaped. It is more exciting to have interesting spaces to design rather than long narrow strips where the house takes up the majority of the site. Luckily there are plants that will grow in all conditions and it’s our job to specify suitable species for the location.

What can we expect from AILDM’s MIFGS garden? 

A moveable feast of colour and textures. In essence, boldness and good design.

Contact:  Heather Hesterman       W:       E:          M: 0423 498 150

Designer-Hamish Williamson


Landscape Architect from Creswell DesignHamish Williamson one of the Landscape Designers who designed the concept of place.grow.shift, a moveable garden for AILDM. Here he talks to about his design practice.

Tell us a little background about yourself and how you become involved in Landscape Design?

Following a grounding in horticulture at Ryde Tafe in Sydney, and some time dabbling in the Fine Arts, I went on to study landscape architecture at the university of Canberra, graduating in 2003. At this time I also sat for my A.MUS.A in piano. I have always been drawn to gardens, refined form and good design in general. Creating convincing and embracing gardens of sound form is something I set out to achieve.


What would you consider to be the essentials to create a successful Landscape Design?

Considered spatial arrangement informed by people, architecture and context is an essential for good garden design. Balance of form creates a sense of flow in the landscape and is crucial to allow for an embracing series of spaces. When this is complemented with a sound palette of plants a truly uplifting garden is created.


Who or what are your creative influences and which Designer do you admire?

I am impressed with the gardens of Andrea Cochran – she combines simplicity of form in the hard and soft landscape that speaks of well-honed skills in refinement.

What are your favourite plants and what we should see more of in Australian urban designs? I love Correa alba. We should strive for diversity in our choices of high performance tolerant plants, both native and exotic.


Have you any tips to pass on about DIY Landscaping?

Steer clear of flashy garden trends to avoid a soon to be dated space. Seek the advice of a good garden designer for timelessness and elegance.

What should the punters expect from the AILDM Show garden?

Expect striking simplicity and balance with an artistic milieu.

Contact: Hamish Williamson

E:         W:                            M: 0409 823 188



It was important for Place Grow Shift to use plants that expressed our sense of place. Given the paucity of native plants in the MIFGS 2013 show gardens it was decided that a garden with exclusively native plants would be a statement.  A statement that says “look how fantastic Australian native plants are”. We chose plants that have interesting leaf shapes, textures and centred our choice primarily on foliage not flowers. This choice linked to the original design premise to reflect AILDM‘s member base, being an organisation that has members from all the states of Australia and reflection a national industry body.

Specialist native plant breeders have been striving for years in some cases to produce good quality, reliable Australian native plants for the home gardener. From rainforests to arid lands Australia encompasses so many varied ecological types that are filled with unique and exciting flora. As such, there are a suite of plants to suit every soil type and climatic zone. Our major plant sponsors are Bushland Flora, Narkabundah Wildflower Nursery, Prestige Plants Trademart and Specialty Trees who are passionate about sourcing, growing and propagating Australian plants.

Bushland Flora have been breeding plants for over 20 years and have developed new plant varieties under the ever popular Bush Magik® Australian plant range. Bushland Flora is a major supplier of quality Australian plants. They provide a comprehensive range of Victorian indigenous and general Australian plant lines in cell trays, 75mm, 150mm, the new biodegradable peat tubes, and 14cm & 20cm pots. Bushland Flora operates from two nursery sites based east of Melbourne in the Yarra Valley.

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Narkabundah Wildflower Nursery at Sandy Point specialises in rare and unique Western Australia flora including a stunning array of eucalypts and indigenous plants. Established and managed by a passionate plant enthusiast, Narkabundah Wildflower Nursery has been sourcing, propagating, growing and distributing high quality plants across Australia since 1995. Specializing in rare and unique Western Australian wildflowers, Narkabundah also has a stunning array of eucalypts and indigenous plants to cater for all retailers and professional/recreational gardeners.

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Prestige Plants Trademart offers a full domestic and commercial plant range including natives, ornamentals, exotics, flowering varieties, grasses, palms and many lines not available elsewhere in Melbourne.  With over 6 acres of plants in a retail setting for the trade, Trademart has an extensive range of sizes from tubestock through to 1000L advanced trees ensuring any requirement can be met. 

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Speciality Trees has a wonderful range of natives and exotic trees, with dedicated and helpful staff who know everything about trees. For over 36 years Speciality Trees has been a leader in the production and supply of advanced environmentally sustainable, containerised landscape trees for local government, the landscaping industry and retailers.

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The plants that will be used for AILDM’s place.grow.shift garden include the following species:

Anigozanthos hybrid ‘Bush Dance’                                                                            Banksia blechnifolia                                                                                                      Banksia speciosa,                                                                                                      Corymbia eximia nana,                                                                                                  Grevillea lavandulacea x alpine ‘Jelly baby’                                                              Grevillea olivacea                                                                                                      Lomandra longifolia x confertifolia spp.pallida ‘Lime Tuff’.