‘Show gardens live only to be seen for a short amount of time, and if it isn’t seen… did it exist?’ asks Sarah Tulloch, an emerging designer who was due to showcase her student landscape at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show this week. Her design was titled ‘Alpine Calm’, where moulded snow gums gave way to a carpet of small plants and native grasses in an urban courtyard. It would look like springtime in the Victorian alps after snow had thawed.
As Sarah says, ‘different creativity has different end points,’ so for a lot of the installation gardens, this year’s MIFGS was the flashpoint of their existence, the entirety of their lifespan.
If all had gone according to plan, today would have been the second day of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show. So instead, we bring a little bit of it to you.