• design

3 October 2018

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne The Australian Garden. Photo: John Gollings

In a former sand quarry, a new botanic garden enables visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe. Using the artistry of landscape architecture, this integrated landscape brings together horticulture, architecture, ecology and art to create the largest botanic garden devoted to Australian flora.

The eastern side of the garden explores a formal framing of the landscape, while the western side is inspired by natural cycles, immersive landscapes and irregular floristic forms. Water plays a mediating role between these two conditions, taking visitors through rockpool escarpments, river bends, melaleuca spits and coastal edges.