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Botanic Garden Awarded Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show (UK)

25 May 2011

The Chelsea Flower Show, held in London, is run by the Royal Horticultural Society - a charity which promotes gardening and horticulture in the UK . This year, a gold medal was awarded to Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne for its garden display which is based on the botanic garden itself. All the plants featured are Australian native plants.

The website of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has an indepth feature on the garden with good photos and a virtual tour.

The description of the garden reads:

The Australian Garden is based on the multi award-winning Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. All the plants featured are Australian native plants, including the turf. The garden tells a symbolic story of the journey of water through Australia’s arid outback eastward to the urbanised coast. The dry riverbed path, outback flowering plants, salt pan and water hole represent the arid outback. Water appears, bubbling up from the artesian basin, and flows along the water feature to the coast in the culturally significant shape of a hunting boomerang. The water reappears as a cascade down the rusted steel gorge wall, finally disappearing into underground aquifers to begin the journey again.

The BBC also has good coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show and the display by the Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne.

Read more about the Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne.

 

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