Australians take out top Garden award at Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower show

Philip Johnson, the gardens designer from Victoria in Southern Australia celebrated the top accolade on his first attempt at the top prize at the Chelsea flower show. The first Australians to win the top award in the shows 100 year history. The garden by Fleming’s nurseries in Monbulk won the sustainable design themed category. 18 volunteers worked tirelessly to create one of the largest gardens ever attempted. The garden featured waterfalls flowing into a billabong from a rock gorge. The billabong also doubled up as a natural swimming pool. The feature was overlooked by a giant waratah shaped pine and Aluminum studio. The whole garden is solar powered with an emphasis on sustainability and filtration of natural rain water into the billabong.

When the Queen visited the show, Fleming’s were told she had no time to stop but when she walked around the garden it seemed like a good omen.

Wes Fleming the owner of Flemings nurseries told AAP  ‘I never thought it would happen but as I’ve told the crew about 20 times this morning, we can go home knowing that we’re the best in the world at what we do. ‘We’ve had 18 volunteers taking six weeks out of their lives, they’re the best in the world and I couldn’t be more proud to be Australian.’

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