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Back To Babylon_____

Back To Babylon

Update 29.03.2017

Tract is very excited to announce that our Back To Babylon show garden has won a Silver Show Garden Award and the Mark Bence Construction Award at the 2017 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

We’d like to congratulate and thank our partners PTA Landscapes (construction) and Eco Outdoor (stone and furniture supply) as well as Aurecon, Commercial Systems Australia, Bruce Armstrong, Gardens at Night, Warners, ETT, Fytogreen and Lilydale Instant Turf for helping to make our design a reality.

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show runs from Wednesday 29th March until Sunday 2nd April from 9am – 5pm daily. Additionally, visitors hoping to have an exclusive glimpse of the Show in a different light can attend the Gardens by Twilight on Friday night when the Show remains open until 9:30pm where guests can soak in the dusky surrounds with a glass of champagne and gourmet eats to help usher in a floral weekend.

Update 27.03.2017

Tract is delighted to be the designer of Back to Babylon, a show garden in this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show to be held in the Carlton Gardens from 29th March to 2nd April.

The fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon have been described as tiered gardens, displaying layered greenery, stone walls and dripping water.

According to one legend, Nebuchadnezzar II built the Hanging Gardens for Queen Amytis because she missed the green hills and valleys of her homeland.

We look forward to seeing the garden taking shape over the next few days.
Increasingly urbanised environments require gardens to provide places of sanctuary. Contact with plants, and a green outlook are important for our wellbeing. Gardens become more important as available space reduces.

Working hard while looking relaxed – our small space aims to integrate planting into vertical and horizontal planes, at various heights to achieve a cascading effect to maximise space. Layered planting blurs the boundaries and inhabits crevices from pergolas to wall niches.

Predominantly temperate plants have been used, with an emphasis on foliage texture and a verdant palette. Water offers music, a mirror and a humidifier. Stone provides solidity and a textural and chromatic contrast to the green foliage. The composition creates a place to sit in the centre of an urban retreat.

‘Owl’ (2012) by renowned Australian sculptor Bruce Armstrong is the custodian of the garden, and from an elevated corner watches over the garden.
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