Australian Garden Wins Gold At Chelsea

An Australian entry depicting the arid outback through to the wetter, urban east coast has won a prestigious gold medal at London's Chelsea Flower Show.

The Australian Garden is presented by the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and designed by landscaper Jim Fogarty.

It displays unique and endangered plant species native to Australia.

It's based on the multi-award-winning Australian Garden at Cranbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne's southeast.

Dr Philip Moors, Royal Botanic Gardens director, said the construction and planting teams have done a superb job.

"I'm so proud of what has been achieved by the RBG team in Melbourne and here," he said.

"Australia's remarkable plant life with all its colours, shapes, scents and foliage - take centre stage in the show garden."

Dr Moors said almost 4,000 shrubs and trees were selected for the project, including rare and threatened seeds shipped from Melbourne to the UK where they have been grown for the Chelsea show garden.

The seeds were collected as part of the Victorian Conservation Seedbank, an international partnership with the Millennium Seed Bank Project.

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