Northern Territory

Northern Territory Tourism Show Garden - MIFGS 2015

‘The Bronzed Brolga’ garden is created to ignite emotions of the Northern Territory through the rich ochre colours, the tapestry of planting transitioning from rainforest through to arid desert, the water, the rocks and the red desert sand. This garden is not an endemic Northern Territory garden. It is a garden created using Victorian, South Australian, New South Wales and Northern Territory grown plant life and materials predominantly sourced from Victoria that are sympathetic to the Northern Territory. Materials such as Cypress timber have been selected due to its termite resistance. This garden aims to represent the diversity of the Northern Territory landscape that is waiting to be explored.

The central shelter of this garden is a modern yet rustic outback hideaway for travellers to relax and unwind. The shelter is made from natural materials such as cypress timber posts and decking with a natural stone external feature wall. The shelter will feature canvass over a truss roof creating an architectural detail shape found on many houses throughout the top end with a style and feel of glamorous camping. The exposed trusses create an open and airy feel to the inside of the shelter. The interior decor of the shelter is set up to resemble accommodation for Northern Territory visitors. The external wall of the shelter is finished using Korora natural stone and has an open air window with a sheer descent water feature sitting above the window falling into the freshwater lagoon. The window allows viewing from inside the shelter through the waterfall into the garden. This water feature represents the amazing natural water falls seen throughout the Northern Territory.

The rainforest lagoon flows over rocks and down into a second open pool of water where you will find aquatic plants and the still dark lagoon water. Bronze brolgas adorn the shallows of the lagoon and if you look closely you might find the bubbles from a submerged crocodile? A decking on the front of the shelter allows visitors to sit out over the lagoon and relax while nature happens around them. Natural rocks and lush plant foliage meet the edges of the rainforest lagoon and the open pool. Trachycarpus sp. and Phoenix roebelini create a mid level canopy under the large existing trees of the Carlton gardens. Lower level canopy of Cyanthea cooperi and other assorted ferns create the rainforest feel. The rainforest transitions into a heathland style planting where you will find Grevillea sp, Westringia sp., Acacia sp. to go along with an assortment of other heathland plants before once again transitioning into the arid desert side of the garden.

Arid native plants are used to create waves of planting through the sand of the desert representing the Red Centre. The wall of the shelter on the desert side of the garden is represented by vertical cypress posts spaced evenly to allow viewing into and even through the shelter to the metal artwork created from the Northern Territory Tourism logo. A well worn path provides access through the red desert sand and the arid planting to the comforts of the shelter.

Plant List

  • Acacia 'Pot of Gold'
  • Adenanthos meissneri 'Green Carpet'
  • Adenanthos sericea
  • Alyogyne 'Natalie Anne'
  • Anigozanthos ' Bush Blitz'
  • Anigozanthos 'Bush Pearl'
  • Anigozanthos 'Cape Aurora'
  • Anigozanthos 'Cape Red'
  • Banksia 'Birthday Candles'
  • Banksia 'Cherry Candles'
  • Banksia ericifolia
  • Banksia marginata
  • Brachyscome 'Brasco Violet'
  • Bracteantha 'Mohave Assorted'
  • Callistemon 'Kings Park Special'
  • Carex 'Frosted Curls'
  • Carpobrotus rosii 'White Hot'
  • Conostylis setosa
  • Correa 'Jezabell'
  • Correa 'Lemon'
  • Cycas seemannii
  • Damperia 'Glasshouse Glory'
  • Dianella 'Goddess'
  • Dicrastylis globiflora
  • Dietes bicolor
  • Dioon spinulosum
  • Dioon mejiae
  • Diplopeltis huegelii 'Mallee Breeze'
  • Grevillea 'Bonnie Prince Charlie'
  • Grevillea 'Bronze Rambler'
  • Grevillea 'Fireworks'
  • Grevillea 'Honey Gem'
  • Grevillea preisii 'Palgarup Springs'
  • Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon'
  • Grevillea 'Winter Delight'
  • Hakea laurina
  • Hebe 'Inspiration'
  • Hebe 'Wiri Image'
  • Hekea laurina
  • Hibiscus 'Aussie Pink'
  • Hymenospermum 'Luscious'
  • Lechenaultia hybrid 'King Park Lola'
  • Leptospermum 'Merinda'
  • Leptospermum 'Starry Night'
  • Leucophyta brownii
  • Lomandra longifolia
  • Melaleuca nesophila
  • Myoporium parvifolium alba
  • Phoenix roebelenii
  • Ptilotus exaltatus
  • Pysnosorus globosus
  • Swainsona formosa
  • Syzigium australe
  • Trachycarpus fortunei
  • Westringia fruiticosa
  • Westringia 'Wynyabbi Gem'