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Ian Barker Gardens gets mention in Megan Backhouse's article in The Age on Friday…'Memo to the Flower and Garden Show: give us some real gardens please'

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The team at Ian Barker Gardens were excited to be mentioned in an article that appeared in The Age on Friday entitled ‘Memo to the Flower and Garden Show: give us some real gardens please‘, written by journalist Megan Backhouse.

In the article Megan laments the lack of achievable and realistic gardens on show at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show this year, especially in the show garden category. 

We were very flattered to be named as one of her “hands-down favourite” show gardens, along with our good friend Daniel Tyrrell, with both of our gardens being described as having “a real-life context and an effortless-feeling whimsy“. Megan went on to state that our garden contained “interesting plants that could – in the hands of the right gardener – actually grow together in a real Melbourne backyard. It was, in short, instructive“. 

Our goal at MIFGS over the past four years has been to show the public how the naturalistic planting style, popular for years across Europe and North America, can be adapted to suit Australian conditions. Although building a garden over a lake might not be the most practical idea for the average gardener, the naturalistic style of planting we have used in this, and our past MIFGS show gardens is definitely achievable in both large and smaller scale garden spaces.

We really do hope that our gardens have inspired MIFGS visitors to give this planting style a go! 

By |2018-12-01T07:57:36+00:00March 29th, 2016|Media & Published Articles, MIFGS|3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Dst March 29, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    I heard that guy Daniel Tyrrell is really good looking and in the words of renowned plantswoman ms Williamson had much better plantings than his neighbour
    Just sayn

  2. Phillipa Fioretti March 31, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    I thought your display was the best in the show. I enjoyed just gazing at it and drifting around the plantings in my mind. A very evocative garden, thank you

  3. Van Leeuwen April 13, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Daniel Tyrrell is award winning when it comes to Melbourne Garden Design. I checked out his Houzz profile and found out he had 3 awards – MIFGS in 2009, 2011 and 2013. There’s no doubt why both of your garden designs were hailed by many that day.

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