Phillip Johnson’s Australian garden gets state government backing

The Victorian government has announced that it will provide $2.8m to help fund the building of the Australian Garden. The garden was originally constructed at the Chelsea Flower Show in the UK where it was awarded Best in Show. Since that time designer Phillip Johnson has been seeking funding to rebuild the garden at a site in The Dandenongs in Victoria.
The $2.8 million funding was signed off by Victoria’s Tourism Minister Martin Pakula and is in addition to $1 million the state government had already given
to kick-start the project. It is reported that philanthropists are providing $340,000.
The project is now awaiting planning approval from teh Shire of YarraRanges for work to begin. The site is a former golf course at Olinda.
The attached ‘media release’ is a PDF of the full story about the funding win written by Carolyn Webb and published in The Age.
For more on the garden, see Phillip Johnson’s webinar on this site.

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