Day 14 of construction: Planting Begins
Here’s the latest video from Jay Watson and as you can see, it’s all starting to come together beautifully – from the almost-finished hand-laid pebble path to the trimmed Livistona palms all ready for planting and the boomerang water feature being coated with fibreglass in preparation for the water. UK gardening legend Andy Sturgeon has also arrived to help the team put together the various elements of the Show Garden.
This clip shows the fully-installed Sand Dune Wall Sculpture by Valissa Butterworth. Valissa, who hails from Melbourne, designed this piece specifically for the Show Garden. The sculpture is CNC machined from polystyrene which has been coated with a fibreglass resin for strength. The sculpture is inspired by outback sand dunes and the finished colour (“Charred Clay”) has been colour-matched by Dulux Australia with the red sand at the Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. The sculpture is three-dimensional, so it will cast shadows from the Sun. In this clip you can see some of the red sand we sent to the UK back in February being lightly dusted over the wet paint. The red sand is the exact same used at the Australian Garden in Cranbourne and was sourced from a quarry at Skye, southeast of Melbourne. The sand comprises a mix of quarried red sand with varying clay content.
The fire pit is also coming along nicely, having been painted in Charred Clay and now being rendered in preparation for the cushions.