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The Royal Botanic Gardens' Show Garden, The Australian Garden, is based on the multi award-winning Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne.
The inspiring design for the Show Garden was developed by Melbourne-based landscape designer Jim Fogarty, who has won many awards at Australian and international garden shows, including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The Australian Garden tells the story of the metaphorical journey of water from Australia's arid outback eastward through the rivers and gorges to the urbanised and humid east coast of Australia.
A wall sculpture represents the never-ending sand dunes of the outback, while a rusted steel gorge wall and water cascade depict the inland river gorges of Australia, where water provides life for plants in an otherwise hostile environment.
A pebble path within the garden depicts a dry river bed, and a water feature in the bold shape of a hunting boomerang highlights the strong cultural significance of that symbol. All plants displayed in The Australian Garden are Australian native plants, including up to twelve rare and threatened species.
For more details on the Australian Garden, visit www.rbg.vic.gov.au.