Garden Week 2012

Gardens from Eden, in partnership with Melville Nurseries, took out two awards at Garden Week 2012 for the Most Innovative Display' and the overall top award for the Best Landscape Display' at the show.   Titled A Touch of French Romance' the garden was based on the French inspired romantic garden Le Jardin de Rose' at Melville Nurseries, previously designed by Gardens from Eden.

Aimed to inspire the public, the garden showcased how to add some French flair into a garden using colour, texture, seasonal interest, layering and focal points.  This was achieved by nestling classical statuary and urns in amongst a mass of roses, annuals and colourful vegetables including lettuce varieties in the potager style' which enthralled and captivated visitors. Ornate pergolas, arbors and a three tier flower fountain drew people into the decadent display featuring two romantic garden rooms and a retail area.


The entry into the first room was framed with rusted urns and colourful roses. A three tier fountain adorned with pink water lilies added sophistication and tranquility to the garden. The garden was bordered with a hedge of Radermachera Summerscent' and pleached snow pears, forming a canopy above and partially screening the garden within.  The Radermachera caused a stir' with the public, eager to know what it was called. Classic Urbanstone French limestone paving lead to an ornate metal pergola and into the second garden room adorned with statuary and urns from Colonial Sandstone


This second room was again bordered with Summerscent' hedges, Gingko biloba and purple leaved plums providing structure and additional colour to the Potager' planting below.  The gardens were edged with sandstone pond surrounds or edging that added formality and style and provided the public with a new' concept to edge their vegetable beds with at home. A central Formstone marbled flower fountain adorned with annuals, vegetables, dahlias and roses created a unique and show stopping centerpiece to the room'. An exquisite arbour and seats allowed the public to stop and smell the roses' in this idyllic setting.  An ornate white pergola over the exit to the garden inspired many visitors to add just a touch of French romance into their own gardens.



The response from the public to the display was overwhelming, with comparisons drawn with the displays at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.. Overall Garden Week has continued to improve and Rob Palmer from Better Homes and Gardens was once again a big drawcard.  For more information on the garden go to or check us out on Facebook.


Melville Nurseries and Gardens from Eden would like to thank the following businesses for their kind and generous support in supplying products and materials for the display garden.




Tel No


Benara Nurseries

Annuals, herbs and vegetables seedlings. Trees and shrubs

9405 0000

Colonial Sandstone

Ponds, urns, pots, statuary, surrounds and edging.

9302 1972

Dig n' dirt Earthmoving


0419 805 225


Gateway Printing

Printing and graphics

9314 6009

Gardens from Eden

Landscape design and construction

0422 212 327

Melville Nurseries

Roses, perennials, potted colour, floral displays.

9293 5342

Naturally Inspired

Brushwood Fencing

9367 3166

Naval Base Contracting


9410 1693



Limestone blocks

9494 2007

Richgro Garden Products


9455 1323

Swanview Plant Farm

Lilypily and Pelargonium's

9454 6341

The Complete Garden

Arbors, pergolas, arches, furniture, urns and mirror

9317 4723


Paving- French Limestone, Grey Shotblast and Donnybrook.

9340 0088

Westland Turf


9330 8178




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