An international conference with the world’s finest landscape and garden designers
OUR MARCH 2018 CONFERENCE, is led we believe, by the most talented and arresting range of speakers and designers to ever visit Australia.
Brilliant American Kathryn Gustafson has a formidable list of notable projects to her credit including the world’s largest rooftop garden at the Lurie Garden, Chicago; Bay East and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore; the 66ha Valencia Park Central, Spain; Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London; Marina One in Singapore; Jardins de l’Imaginaire, Terrasson, France, plus numerous others. She is known for creating sculptural forms, often employing earth, grass, stone and water informed by the wild landscapes of childhood and perhaps, by the creations of Isamu Noguchi.
Andy Sturgeon, still fresh from his Best in Show and seventh Gold Medal at Chelsea, creates exciting and innovative gardens around the world. Working with old and new architecture and vibrant, bold planting schemes, his gardens are timeless and contemporary, with universal appeal.
From Hermannshof in Germany Cassian Schmidt is enjoying enormous success with his standardised planting modules of perennials based on climatic and ecological conditions designed for a wide range of habitats—for public green spaces and gardens. His influence is being felt widely across Europe.
Noel Kingsbury, the ‘great chronicler of contemporary planting design’ will provide an overview of Piet Oudolf, the Dutch Wave, and other styles, which combine to form the new naturalistic movement in Europe, UK and USA. A man of many parts, he has been invited to speak on politics and sex in the garden.
Bernard Trainor returns to Australia to reveal the ‘fruits of his life’s work.. to capture the wild soul of California’. We love his country gardens and their similarity to Australian conditions. Though his limited plant palette may initially infer he is a mere minimalist, his sense of place informs his art and facilitates the elegant integration of the garden within the larger landscape.
We will be introduced to the great Moorish gardens of Granada and Seville in Spain—though Miguel Urquijo’s primary purpose is to illustrate his gardens of Madrid and Castile. They are challenged with low rainfall and poor soils and for much of the region, there is little horticultural experience and tradition.
There will be twelve presentations by international speakers. Australians include the internationally recognised landscape architect and environmental artist Kate Cullity, principal of Taylor.Cullity.Lethlean. Her botanical training and love of art help celebrate wonderful projects like the Redevelopment of North Terrace and Victoria Square in Adelaide and The Australian Garden, Cranbourne. But it is her Waterfront projects, parks and outback cultural and environmental projects, which have taught us how to invest places with meaning and cultural significance.
In our search for meaning many turn to Australian flora and its ecological systems and who better to exemplify this than Sam Cox, who follows the traditions of Gordon Ford, Ellis Stones and Edna Walling. He has learnt well from the masters as we can see at projects like the Munro Court development, Castlemaine, and the Wattle Glen dwelling. He echoes Gordon Ford, ‘…the key design principle is that of mass and void, ..the planned use of space and a natural transition with materials.. Its application creates balance and contrast between the mass—boulder outcrops, mounds and plantings, with the void—pathways, grassed areas, ponds, pools and paved areas’.
The Conference has been further enhanced with additional international speakers providing presentations and workshops, by a wonderful Friday Gardens Tour and a chance for visitors to take in the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) while in Melbourne.
Our conferences remain a unique phenomenon in the world. A broad, international, multi-disciplinary celebration of landscape and garden design—open to anyone with a passion for these subjects—and attended by many hundreds at each conference.
As distinguished keynote speaker Rick Darke (who famously blends art, ecology and cultural geography) said of our Conferences —
‘If I had a dollar for every time I’ve told someone I believe your conferences are without equal, I’d be a wealthy man!’
— Rick Darke, Landenberg, PA USA
Other features of the Conference will be announced as details are finalised.
Note — for visitors seeking accommodation, do book early since there are a number of events occurring in Melbourne at the same time and prices will rise accordingly.