Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
In March The Vallentine Project had the pleasure of designing outdoor cushions for local Melbourne landscape designer Phillip Withers. Phil designed an urban ‘Food Forest’ for the annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and was suitably awarded the Honda Sustainability Award as well as a Silver Show Award.
The ‘Food Forest’ was a densely populated garden filled with fruit, veges and herbs – plus a chicken run and slide for the kiddies. Delighted to see a healthy fruiting feijoa, I couldn’t help but ask if all the plants were companion planted and I was pleased to hear they were! As families recover from the recent hepatitis berry scare, which saw frozen berries recalled from Australian and New Zealand supermarket shelves, the ‘Food Forest’ encouraged a greater discussion about what we can do as individuals to ensure safe food production in our own backyards – without compromising on design.
To complement Phil’s edible garden The Vallentine Project designed a series of modernist-inspired outdoor cushions. Cushions were designed with the Melbourne weather in mind and considered the often wet or damp environment. To reduce the possibility of mold and dampness inside the cushion, each cushion was treated with an Australian made waterproofing agent and filled with 100% recycled PET plastic inner cushions.
Phil has previously appeared on Channel Nine’s reality home renovation show The Block for couple Maxine and Karstan’s garden renovation. He has also featured in home and living publications such as: Australian House and Garden; Green Magazine; Backyard and Garden Design Ideas; Abode and Home Beautiful. To follow Phil’s blog click here.