The garden highlights the tension between the natural landscape and our human impulse to steadily change it. This tension is not eliminated; rather it is the driving creative impulse for exploration, expression and interpretation of the landscape and its flora.
This garden builds on established design principles, construction practices, and community recreation patterns, while addressing contemporary environmental and cultural issues to bring a new type of garden experience to visitors.
The garden seeks to create an environment in which specific qualities of flora are highlighted in a manner that will inspire visitors to further explore Australian plants. A common theme through the garden design is the exploration and expression of the evolving relationship between the Australian people and our landscape and flora.
Water is the mediating element between these natural and human derived gardens. (Source from Taylor Cullity Lethlean)
From desert to the coastal, these identical Australian landscapes are condensed into the botanical garden in metaphorical ways. The use of colours also reflects the vibrant plant species, and also allows visitors to enjoy the landscape in a playful way.
Client: Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
Collaboration: Paul Thompson, Edwina Kearney, Mark Stoner, Greg Clarke and Mish Eisen
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, Victoria
Completion Date: stage 1: 2005, stage 2: 2012
Construction budget: $11,000,000
Size: 25 Hectares
Sourced from: Taylor Cullity Leathlean. Photo: Ben Wrigley, Dianna Snape and Peter Hyatt.