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Shows & Exhibitions

Fleming's Nurseries & Victorian Government
May 2013
Landscape Architect
Phillip Johnson Landscapes
Project Manager
Phillip Johnson Landscapes
Builder of Studio & Decking
Atkinson Pontifex
Plate Alloy
BDD Engineering


The Phillip Johnson team has made history with their design for the Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming’s, being awarded with a ‘Best in Show’ medal overnight at Chelsea - a feat never before achieved by an Australian team in their nine years of taking part.

Winning ‘Best in Show’ at Chelsea represents something of a career zenith for Phillip and his outstanding team. 

‘Being involved in Chelsea was a dream come true for myself and my team. Winning an award amongst contemporaries of this calibre is absolutely mind-blowing. We couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved, it’s been an incredible experience,’ exclaimed Johnson.

‘We came here with a very ambitious vision – to showcase Australia, our horticultural industry and to educate the world on the possibilities of sustainable landscape design. This presented challenges from the other side of the world, but we knew we only had one chance to make the impact necessary to educate, and that’s what we have done.’

The ninth and final entry for Chelsea Flower Show stalwarts, Fleming’s Nurseries, the Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming’s was not only awarded with a prestigious Gold Medal but also with the ‘Best in Show’ honour, which has eluded the team for so many years.

The finished design took a total of 17 days and over 2,500 man-hours to build, transforming what once resembled a bare soccer pitch into a sustainable garden retreat.