The Victorian executive of the Australian Institute for Landscape Designers and Managers, (AILDM) asked a group of designers to present ideas for a garden for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show for 2014. The winning design team of Meg Geary, Heather Hesterman, Anna Murphy and Hamish Williamson created a changeable garden with modules that can be moved, stacked, turned upside down and has multiple configurations and functions.

The design team created a modular garden that celebrates small spaces. As our lives and cities become more urbanized, open space and green spaces will be at a premium. Rooftop gardens, court-yards and shared open spaces with neighbours may become the norm.

Using the same crates, plants, screens and cylinders the public will see moveable designs. The place grow shift garden featured 4 different designers over 26-30 March 2014. Emphasising good design principles, this garden illustrated the skills that landscape designers bring to any landscape project.

Australian natives were utilized exclusively in this garden reflecting AILDM’s national profile and highlighting their interesting texture, colour and form. The species used are hardy and suited to an Australian climate. Reclaimed timber was been used for the decking and on the screens façade. All the items were locally sourced and were recycled or returned to the supplier, to minimize the carbon footprint. This was a sustainably designed garden.

Heather Hesterman
AILDM MIFGS 2014, place grow shift: a changeable garden creating different designs

List of Designers.

Design 1Heather HestermanAnna MurphyHamish WilliamsonMeg Geary

Design 2: Craig MacDonald – Spade Design

Design 3: Jason Cahill – Botanical Traditions

Design 4: Jenni Curtis, Chris Curtis, Renae Palmer – Fresh Landscape Design

Sponsors include: Shiver me Timbers, Lump Sculpture Studio, Like Butter, Plyco, Bushland Flora, Speciality Trees, Narkabundah Wildflower Nursery, Prestige Plants Trademart and Urban Salvage. more information follow the blog: place grow shift concept garden or Facebook or AILDM’s website

set up of the moveable units taken Friday 21 March 2014 at MIFGS, Royal Exhibition Gardens Melbourne.

Logo and branding designed by Dani Cukon. Photography by Garth Henderson.

Heather Hesterman
AILDM’s MIFGS 2014 garden, place grow shift
Heather Hesterman
Like Butter plywood crates with Grevillea lavandulacae x alpine ‘Jelly Baby’
Heather Hesterman
anigozanthos hybrid ‘Bush Dance’
Heather Hesterman
Lomandra longifolia x confertifolia spp. pallida ‘Lime Tuff’
Heather Hesterman
Banksia speciosa in Lump Studio’s cylinders
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