Perth Garden festival first-timers aim to inspire sustainable gardening

Fremantle garden designer Cherise Haslam, Hamilton Hill timber installer Vincenzo Cicala and Rivervale landscaper Alessio Paoletti teamed up for their first display at Perth Garden Festival. Picture: Nadia Budihardjo.
Fremantle garden designer Cherise Haslam, Hamilton Hill timber installer Vincenzo Cicala and Rivervale landscaper Alessio Paoletti teamed up for their first display at Perth Garden Festival. Picture: Nadia Budihardjo.

A GARDENING team is aiming to inspire others with their first show garden entry at WA’s longest running garden event in Victoria Park next week.

More than a hundred exhibitors and nurseries will be displayed at Perth Garden Festival at McCallum Park on April 11 – 14.

Fremantle garden designer Cherise Haslam and Rivervale landscaper Alessio Paoletti teamed up as first-time participants to showcase their eco-friendly garden.

Ms Haslam said she wanted to inspire people with their biophilic show garden, a design based around the inclusion of nature in a built environment.

“Show gardens in general can produce a lot of waste,” she said.

“Our aim is getting people back into nature and having a sustainable garden.

“To get with nature is healing and it’s so good for mental health.”

Ms Haslam said they would try a new type of planting with ornamental grasses and have about 1000 plants in their display.

“I want people to realise they don’t have to spend lots of money and they don’t have to do what everyone else is doing,” she said.

Mr Paoletti said he has been in the garden landscaping business since he was a teen and was looking for a challenge in entering the festival.

“I’m a third generation landscaper, my grandpa started his business in Italy in 1952,” he said.

“Our theme for this year is recycling, reusing and re-salvaging; it’s very important nowadays because of all the pollution we’ve got.”

Tickets are available on perthgardenfestival.com with 2-for-1 discounts for Town of Victoria Park and City of South Perth residents.