Singapore Garden Festival 2008 - 'Jervis Bay'
Jervis Bay is located 200km south of Sydney on the east coast of Australia. The jewel of the south coast of New South Wales, Jervis Bay is where the Australian bush meets the beach.
Jervis Bay is an area of cultural significance to the Aboriginal people who have inhabited the area for thousands of years. The crystal-clear waters and pure white sands of Jervis Bay are due to the shape of the entrance to the bay, as well as the absence of a fresh water river depositing sediment. The lack of heavy industry and densely populated land around it has preserved Jervis Bay as a pristine environment for flora and fauna to thrive. Both Marine Park and National Park classifications ensure this area will remain intact for future generations.
This show garden depicts a beach hut setting adjacent to the natural bush and secluded beaches of Jervis Bay. The beach hut is a fresh design based on the retro feel of the 1960ís, a period when many of the local houses were built.
The back wall is inspired by the rugged cliff faces found on the wind swept east coast of Australia. The blue water symbolises the crystal-clear water of the bay and the marine life that thrives there. A spa bath doubles as a water feature ensuring water is the central feature of the garden.
Paved surfaces evoke the white sand beaches, some of which are said to be the whitest sand beaches of anywhere in the world.
Planting includes many plants local to the Jervis Bay area as well as some exotic plants you might find used in the area.
This garden aims to raise awareness of the value of the environment and the hope that some parts of our threatened world have and continue to fight off the temptation to sell out to developers and anyone else willing to tear down natural beauty for financial gain.