Evening with Wes Fleming

Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 3.20.24 PMGreat night organized by NIGWA and hosted by Dawson’s Garden World with Wes Fleming from Fleming’s Nurseries, Victoria. Wes talked about the ‘Chelsea Experience’. For eight of the past nine years Fleming’s Nurseries and their partners have presented the Trailfinders ‘Australian Gardens’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This year at Chelsea the judges awarded the Australian Garden the ‘Best Show Garden Award’ for an inspirational, innovative and sustainable garden designed by Phillip Johnson that offers a relaxing and inviting ecosystem within an Australian urban environment. A fantastic achievement that represents the culmination of experience gained over the last 8 years of participation.

According to Wes, the Chelsea experience “has generated enormous positive media attention for the Australian Horticultural Industry on the world stage, and particularly within Australia, while at the same time adding a unique element to the Chelsea Flower show itself.”

Wes and his team now plan to focus on projects closer to home with an emphasis on education about the necessity for open usable green spaces for health and well being in urban environments.

See for more on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show entries that have been submitted by Fleming's and their partners over the years.

Best Landscape Display

LIFESPACE Landscape Design wins ‘BEST LANDSCAPE DISPLAY’ at Garden Week 2013 Thursday April 18, 2013.

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LIFESAPCE Landscape Design was awarded Best Landscape Display at Garden Week 2013.

Special thanks goes to Tania and Rob McCulloch, Tim Metcalf, Justin Mowatt and staff, Al Padbury and the Dawson’s team, Anna and Matt Stafford, Michael Finch and the Eco Outdoor staff, Nikki Dillon, and Leslie and Sam Gevers. Thank you all for your generous support.

Read more about the design project at

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An exhausted but very happy landscape designer Jenny Thomas with Costa Georgiadis and Josh Byrne of ‘Gardening Australia’ fame.
Thanks to the lovely Tanya McCulloch for the images.

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Titan Arum and Guilfoyles Volcano, RBGM


Guilfoyle's Volcano

Titan Arum


Hort Staff at RBGM

Dec 2012

Lifespace Landscape Design owner, Jenny Thomas was lucky enough to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (RBGM) over the Christmas period and view the Titan Arum, Amorphophallus titanum. Originating from rainforests in Sumartra, Indonesia, it is considered vulnerable in the wild. Pre 1989 there were only 21 flowering events recorded worldwide. It produces the largest cluster of flowers in the world and emits a strong fragrance that attracts pollinators such as flies and beetles.

Highly sophisticated protocols have been developed to encourage flowering in botanic gardens worldwide. The tuber at Melbourne is grown under glasshouse conditions and has been nurtured by horticultural staff for 7 years and finally flowered on Christmas Day 2012. The flower lasts 2-3 days and then collapses. Pollen is collected by nursery staff to send to other botanic gardens and aid in the conservation of this amazing plant.

(Ref: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne handout)


Another must see area at RBGM is Guilfoyle’s Volcano, constructed in 1876 and used to store water. After falling into disrepair for years, it has been restored as part of a significant landscape and water management project. It has been designed with bold and dramatic selections of hardy drought tolerant succulents, cacti, grasses, dracaena, and Australian natives. Corten steel balustrades, boardwalks, gravel mulch and strategically placed rocks complete the setting.  


Very inspirational! For more information see


LIAWA 2012 Awards of Excellence

August 3, 2012

LIFESPACE landscape design was selected as a FINALIST in the catergory of Designer Resiential - Up to 250sqm for South Beach Courtyard. The judges commented that there was good use of plants to soften the often harsh environment experienced in coastal locations. A selection of waterwise trees, shrubs and groundcovers were used to provide privacy, shade, and interest in a small area. The event was held at the Astral Ballroom at the Burswood (now Crown) Casino.

Garden Week 2011

April 7 - 11, 2011

LIFESPACE landscape design will be active at this years Garden Week at Perry Lakes in a collaboration with Tim Metcalf from Tim's Landscape Art. Tim has designed 'The Retreat', a relaxing chill out space with a roof garden, gabion pillars and a sunken deck complete with cushions for lounging.

The foliage of Lomandras and Pennesetum soften the area, while a trickle of water can be seen flowing from the roof to the pond below. The area is 3 x 4m and will feature a custom made metal screen and advanced trees as a backdrop. This stunning display will be located at the Landscape Industries Association of WA (LIAWA) site along with other fabulous examples of landscape design by LIAWA members.

The WA Landscape Designers Association(WALDA) and The Water Corporation will also have displays showcasing waterwise design principles and practices.

Garden design information, inspiration and innovation - an opportunity to see it all in action during Garden Week 2011 at Perry Lakes. See you there!