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NMIT students take out major awards at the 2008 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

26 Mar 2013

Cert IV Applied Design student, Yen Ong wins first prize in the prestigious Flemings Garden Design Competition run as part of 2008 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Five NMIT Cert IV Applied design students made it into the top 30 finalists from Aust & NZ.

Her award was for her design: A Tale of 2 Gardens: carbon offsetting vs carbon reduction. Yen's design of the garden evolved after hearing and reading of the increasing number of well meaning organisations and individuals seeking to reduce their 'carbon-guilt' by buying into carbon offsetting schemes, often in the form of forestry programs. Whether it is a large organisation that needs a whole plantation of trees or individuals seeking to neutralise their carbon output, the solution seems simple. Plant more trees.

In just two years the Certificate IV in Applied Design (Landscape) course has produced a winner and increased the number of students shortlisted for their designs to be built and displayed at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show.

Greensborough Diploma of Horticulture student Kate Galea won first prize in the Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria AchievableGarden Competition, at MIFGS. Kate's Organic Produce Garden was influenced by her appreciation of Australia's forebears and the many migrants that have brought with them their passion for growing and using plants for food and medicine. Her garden included innovative uses of recycled material, imaginative use of plants in a very small space and incorporated the principles of organic gardening, good soil preparation, mulch, composting of materials and a grey-water system. Her garden was food for the body and soul.

Kate was the winner from 14 finalists who designed and constructed part of the Avenue of Achievable Gardens at the MIFGS.


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