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For his gold medal-win­ning ‘I See Wild’ gar­den at this year’s Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Flower & Gar­den Show, land­scape de­signer Phillip Withers com­bined art and whimsy with sculp­tural hard­scap­ing and gar­den beds of hardy suc­cu­lents and cacti, flow­er­ing na­tives and fra­grant herbs. At its cen­tre is a raised cir­cu­lar plat­form with firepit and nat­u­ral seats, both made of Bam­stone blue­stone. “I wanted to cre­ate a feel­ing that you are float­ing and at one with na­ture,” says the Mel­bourne-based de­signer, who strives for a sense of time­less­ness in his work. Geo­met­ric pat­terns within the paving work draw the eye through the land­scape, as does an in­stal­la­tion of hand-painted totem poles, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Phillip and de­sign brands Pop & Scott and Cas­tle + Cubby. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (03) 9077 5989 or visit phillip­with­ers.com

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