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Phillip Johnson Landscapes LANDSCAPE DESIGN
wner and creative director,
Phillip Johnson, is a designer who
is recognised as an Australian
sustainable landscape pioneer in the
residential and commercial sectors. He leads one
of the most awarded firms in the industry, known
for its natural pools, green walls and the creation
of thriving habitats. His phenomenal creations
centre on the use of indigenous and native plants,
sustainable sourcing and construction practices,
and integrated water management.
Put simply, his landscape designs create
habitat, greening our cities, fostering biodiversity
and creating havens for wildlife.
The Trailfinders Australian Garden, located in
the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea,
London, won Gold and Best in Show at the 2013
Chelsea Flower Show.
It was designed and created by Phillip Johnson
along with his team, Flemings Nurseries and
a squad of Australian volunteers.
The brief to work with was showcasing Phillip
Johnson Landscapes’ philosophy, showing the
beauty of Australia, helping visitors to reconnect
to nature and inspiring them to think about their
open landscapes and gardens.
The logistics of sourcing the right rock and
getting it to site, along with finding Australian
native plants on the other side of the world, proved
quite the challenge. Then there was the worst
winter in London for 50 years.
Despite the immense pressure of these hurdles,
Phillip and his team were able to create this
phenomenal landscape in just 17 days.
The central focus of the Trailfinders Australian
Garden was to collect, filter and re-use rainwater,
to create habitat, and to be used as inspiration,
bringing people back to nature.
A beautiful, chemical-free swimming pool,
including stone waterfalls, provides aesthetic,
acoustic and functional benefits as well as a source
of evaporative cooling for a studio structure
positioned above the garden.
In times of high rainfall, the garden has
been designed to utilise rainwater run-off via
its abundant permeable surfaces, to filter it and to
retain the water in the natural pool for future
use. In times of drought, the garden uses its
water stores to nourish the plant life and aid
their survival when there is little or no rainfall
to sustain the landscape.
The aim was to showcase exactly what can be
achieved in landscape design when you shift the
emphasis to soft landscaping, paying homage to
Mother Nature in terms of both form and function.
Phillip Johnson Landscapes
104c Warrigal Road, Camberwell, Victoria
Phone (03) 9888 5666
We b www.phillipjohnson.com.au
Photography Patrick Redmond
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