A&R Evergreen’s ‘Backyard Evolution’ at the BIGS event.When the landscaping fraternity speak of their bucket list, you might hear of events like the Ellerslie International Flower Show, Chelsea Flower Show or the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show. As a professional landscape architect or landscape designer, the pinnacle of your trade is to put it on show for the world to see and of course be judged!
The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show has been locked on the calendar of garden lovers, landscapers, landscape architects and horticulturalist in Australia and around the world since its inception in 1995. It has grown to be the largest horticultural event in the southern hemisphere, attracting over 100,000 visitors and is rated among the top five garden shows in the world.
But there’s now a new kid on the block… The Brisbane International Garden Show, or affectionately named BIGS, launched in October this year with the inaugural event held at the Pine Rivers Park, North of Brisbane to great success, attacting upward of 20,000 people over the 4-days.
Centenary Landscaping Supplies caught up with a long time customer and young local Brisbane Landscaper, Alistair Hutton from A&R Evergreen whose show garden entrant aptly named ‘Backyard Evolution’ won a gold medal and best-in-show at the 2015 event.
With Jim Forgarty on hand for the judging, a Chelsea award winning landscape designer himself, the A&R Evergreen team produced a garden that performed superbly in all areas of judging including design & impression, construction & finish and plants. Jim Fogarty’s impression of the garden was fantastic and he was pleased to see the consistent theme of Alistair’s garden in both the hard elements and also in the plant choices.
In an earlier interview Alistair said in reference to their involvement in the BIGS event that “We’ve been discussing (exhibiting a garden) for years, we really embraced it this year, as did the other competitors.” Read on to see what else Alistair shared with the Centenary Landscaping Supplies team about their award winning garden and Brisbane’s latest offering.
Q. Alistair, could you give us a little background on your prize winning design?
Q. What were the key materials you used throughout your design?
Q. What do you think are some of the current trends in garden design in QLD and Australia?
Q. Garden shows such as BIGS, Melbourne and Chelsea are great opportunities for landscape architects and designers to shows their wares. We often hear of great Australian designs wowing the crowds at other international events, do you think Brisbane designers can match it with the best?
Q. What’s next for you and your team at A&R Evergreen?
Official photo’s sourced: Brisbane International Garden Show