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.

MIFGS_sat_29_reduc_02 plants taken to the side


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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!

MIFGS_thur_27_19 the boys happyMIFGS_thur_27_18 Craig’s family in MelbourneMIFGS_thur_27_23 Craig (left) and Brad from Spade Design

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.

IMG_4666  Anna and Hamish getting those plantsIMG_4667 organising the little cratesIMG_4668 a very bright blue indeed!IMG_4669 the timber deck and the crates

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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!