Australian Garden settles at Capel Manor

A Gold Medal-winning design from last year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been reincarnated at Capel Manor College & Gardens.

The Australian Garden, designed by Jim Fogarty and built by Landform, uses native plants to tell the story of the journey water takes from Australia's arid outback through rivers and gorges to the urbanised east coast.

The replica, unveiled last week by Australian high commissioner John Dauth, includes sand-surrounded salt sculptures and a rusted steel wall and water cascade.

The £200,000 garden also features a pebble path depicting Australia's dry river beds and it was recreated with help from the college's students and staff using the same plants and materials shown at Chelsea.

Fogarty's original design was conceived for the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne's Australian Garden feature, which opened earlier this year.

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