A three award-winning garden design for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

Welcome to Inner Calm a tropical-inspired garden designed to transport the viewer from their daily routine to a place full of serenity, calmness, and rest. Today it is more common that people feel tired, stressed, anxious, and depressed, we have all been trapped and the world is moving very quickly.

How do we find fulfillment? Inner Calm has been designed to help combat all of these problems by creating a garden to bring people together in a relaxing setting surrounded by Nature, the greatest medicine of all, a garden that allows us to connect, slow down and be aware of the things around you, paying attention to the sound, sight, texture and savour the scent. Upon arrival one is greeted by a formal entrance with 2 oversized hand-carved stone elephants signifying kindness, strength, and stability. At this point, one can observe the balance of the garden with a play of symmetry, height, and order with a soft curvaceousness of the space. The garden has a perfect oval shape of 14m long x 12m wide that has been wrapped in Australian limestone, looking into the garden a large lagoon creates a calming and soothing ambiance, whilst capturing a mirror-like reflection with the black water.

Steps lead one onto large floating limestone slabs leading one across the water with soft planting of Dichondra adding pops of green as one is transported through the garden to a Polynesian-inspired pavilion, creating a striking pose of architectural form and function to the space. The pavilion acts as an Outdoor Lounge room, creating a place to gather, rest and reflect. The tropical contemporary-inspired styling is intended to create a sense of calm whilst the skylights allow the natural light to enter the space.

Adding to the form and function of Inner Calm the garden has both an Outdoor Kitchen area with a canter levered roof, and organic inspired sunken seats are equipped with a fire bowl adding to the many ways to enjoy the garden, which is a continually growing trend in today’s garden requirements.

The garden has been designed with a strong disposition. The palms have been planted in a sequence creating a strong sense of order and balance; plants have been planted in waves hugging the perimeter of the garden. Two large Dracaena Draco’s sit proudly in the lagoon adding a strong textural element, combined with a less structured planting hugging the banks of the lagoon, which are cascading onto the water's edge. Adding impact to the garden 2 large Mexican palms and Chinese Fan palms tower above the garden. The sound of water cascades from two large stone female carvings, hiding in the rear of the pavilion adding to the subtle symmetry of the garden. This creates a secondary entry and exit to the space, particularly for those not wanting to walk over the water.

Inner Calm is a contemporary tropical-inspired garden, designed to feel like a sense of ease is washing over you, allowing one to see things clearly, peacefully and free from stress and worry. I hope you enjoy the journey of Inner Calm.

In 2021, the Christian Jenkins team was privileged enough to be asked to star on the Channel 9 TV Series, The Block. Designing both the front-yard and back-yard for contestants Mitch and Mark. This portfolio details some images taken of the front yard design that was chosen as best front yard design on the block, winning Mitch and Mark the "Front Yard Week" award.In 2021, the Christian Jenkins team was privileged enough to be asked to star on the Channel 9 TV Series, The Block. Contestants Mitch and Mark approached Christian Jenkins and his team with a landscaping brief. We are proud to say Mitch and Mark were ecstatic with the final result, stating that we went above and beyond with the landscaping brief. Check out what 9 Now (Channel 9) has to say at The Block 2021 backyard reveal: Mitch and Mark's backyard and pool Week 10 | Season 17 (nine.com.au) This Brighton Garden was inspired by the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Shows Fantasy Garden I built-in 2016. The timber cladded Cocoon creates a sculptural art piece to the garden and a wonderful place to sit and relax.
A Fish pond was incorporated into this design with a small entertaining deck.A contemporary Formal and Minimalist approach was taken to this garden design. Clean straight lines emphasised with Bluestone pathways and Bluestone cladded raised garden beds.
Timber Fence compliments the Timber contemporary cladded house.
The tiff tuff turf softens the space with a drought-tolerant planting selection, creating a formal setting. Some of the plants used are Buxus balls, Hornbeams, Crepe myrtles and Salvias. Minimalistic Contemporary style Garden depicts clean as well as a functional layout. This Garden design is low maintenance, zero clutter, and is easy on the eyes.This garden shows a true dedication to the love of ancient style gardens. This particular garden was designed on the 16th Century Japanese style Stroll garden. Award winning garden for the 2019 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. This Garden is called Dreaming and is a tribute to the native parts we are so lucky to have in Australia. This Garden won People's Choice Award 2019 and the Gilt Award 2019. The garden includes a collection of design elements; a blissful seating area, aboriginal art on a giant emu egg all surrounded by specifically selected native plants.