Australian Garden

Photo © John Gollings
Taylor Cullity Lethlean

Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne

Paul Thompson, Edwina Kearney, Mark Stoner, Greg Clarke and Mish Eisen

Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, Victoria

Completion Date
stage 1, 2005
stage 2: 2012

Construction budget

40 Hectares

Ben Wrigley, Dianna Snape and Peter Hyatt

2013 - World Architecture Festival (WAF) Landscape of the Year
2009 - International Federation of Landscape Architects (Asia Pacific Region) Design Excellence Award
2008 - AILA National Award of Design Excellence
2007 – Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia (CCAA) Public Domain Award, Precincts Commendation
2007 - AILA Victoria Overall Landscape Excellence Award
2007 - AILA Victoria Award for Excellence in Design
2006 – AILA National Merit Award for Design in Landscape Architecture
2006 – The Australian Tourism Awards for Best New Tourism Development
1998 - AILA National, Project Award, Master planning Category
1998 - AILA Victoria Masterplanning Project Award
1997 – AILA Victoria Overall Landscape Excellence Award

WAF 2013 World Landscape of the Year Award

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne has created a major new botanic garden on a 25-hectare site at Cranbourne on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne.

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.

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.

'The Australian Garden captures the essence of what is great landscape architecture.  Distinctly Australian landscape patterns have been referenced in a bold, graphic and sensitive way to provide a unique visitor experience.  In doing so, the project has successfully reinterpreted what an Australian landscape is'.

Jury Citation. AILA Vic 2007 Award of Excellence

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