The Australian landscape is seen as something of beauty and of hardship. This dynamic relationship of our great southern land lends itself to be the centre of inspiration of landscape designers around the world. Based in Cranbourne Victoria, a new botanic garden has been completed, taking visitors on a journey of water through the Australian landscape, from desert to coast.
Designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson in 2012, the 40 square metre garden space brings together horticulture, architecture, ecology and art to create, to date, the largest botanical collection devoted to Australian Fauna. The garden itself hopes to inspire visitors to see our plants and natives in new and inspirational ways.
Traditionally, Australia gardens have been modelled upon European precedence; however, the Australian Garden instead uses the Australian landscape as its inspiration to create something engaging and provocative. The garden itself includes sculptural elements, display landscapes and research plots on the eastern side of the garden. This is juxtaposed against the western side where the garden is inspired by natural cycles and immersive landscapes, irregular and abstracting patterns, with a large focus on the journey of water throughout, including rock pool escarpments, river bends, Melaleuca spits and coastal edges.
The garden narrative lays somewhere between abstraction, metaphor and poetry, allowing itself the ability to contain layers of emotional meaning. As a result of this, visitors will all feel different views of the garden and take away different messages.