In Summary

Swinburne University of Technology students are this week demonstrating their design and gardening skills in front of thousands at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS).

Swinburne has been participating in the MIFGS for over a decade, with three students exhibiting gardens this year in the Achievable Gardens category, which challenges students to design gardens that are both practical and stylish.

Landscape construction teacher, Stewart Detez, said students had created amazing gardens and noted the career opportunities presented at the MIFGS.

“This event allows our students to work alongside some the best in the industry and every year our students produce gardens that are of a professional standard, and these are viewed by the many who attend.

Several of our former students are back here working on other professional projects, so our entering students can clearly see what’s in-store for their future careers too,” said Mr Detez.

Thea Sestoso, a Certificate III in Horticulture student, embodied the theme of an Achievable Garden by utilising pieces of recycled PVC pipe.

There was a buzz surrounding Rebecca Bennett’s unique, bee-themed garden, which contained a hive, bee-friendly flora and a recurring honeycomb-shaped pattern.

Diploma of Landscape Design student, Ben Newell, created a country-themed garden that incorporated elements such as wooden posts and corrugated iron, which were borrowed from his family’s farm.

The event was also successful for Diploma of Landscape Design alumnus, Philip Withers, with his garden ‘Food Forest’ being awarded a silver prize at the 2015 MIFGS Awards.

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See more photos from the event on the Swinburne Wantirna Facebook page.