Exhibition Garden winners
In September 2004, the Minister for Environment, Hon John Thwaites, announced the winners of the design competition for the five Exhibition Gardens in the Australian Garden.
About the winners
The winners – Coomes Landscape Architecture & Urban Design for the Home Garden; MDG Landscape Architects for the Water Conservation Garden; Mark McWha Pty Ltd for the Children’s Backyard Garden; and Site Office for the Australian Diversity Garden and Future Garden – were chosen by a panel of independent judges.
The winners are all Melbourne based and much awarded for their extensive experience in designing and implementing showcase projects. Each winner captured the imagination of the judges by their ability to show why Australian plants are terrific in home gardens.
MDG Landscape Architects
MDG is a dynamic practice established in 1992 employing 20 landscape architectural professionals from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. The principal designer for the Water Conservation Garden will be Simon Smith. He has led the design and implementation for a diverse range of large and small-scale complex projects. He has a particular interest and experience in creating stimulating contemporary landscape design for public enjoyment. The company is based in Albert Park.
MDG Landscape Architects designed the Water conservation garden.
Coomes Consulting is a multidisciplinary practice engaged in landscape architecture and urban design, as well as related professions including engineering, surveying and planning. Coomes focuses on the achievement of sustainable high quality design in the natural and built environment. This encompasses projects at all scales from gardens through major civic works to regional masterplans. The practice has won several feature competitions, including West Gate Bridge Memorial Park, Tower Hill Village Square in Swan Hill, and now the Australian Garden Exhibition Garden. The practice is based in South Melbourne.
Coomes Consulting designed the Home Garden.
Site Office is a landscape architectural practice offering services in the field of landscape architecture and urban design. Site Office brings a strong research and technical agenda to each project they undertake, reflective of their interest in developing fields of knowledge. The practice has worked on many different projects including St Kilda Promenade and Pier Entry (2005), Keast Park Master Plan (2003/04), Mount Street Park (2002/03) and Britannia Mall (2005).
Mark McWha is an established landscape architectural practice, combining professional skills in landscape design, site planning, open space, streetscape and urban design. The practice has been involved in a number of playgrounds including Hays Paddock Playground in Kew East, Packer Park Playground in Glen Eira, as well as many school and special care projects. The company is based in Collingwood.
Mark McWha Pty Ltd designed the Children’s Backyard Garden.
Last updated 21 Dec 2010