Jim Fogarty is a landscape designer and gardening media personality based in Melbourne. With over thirty internationally recognised design awards including fifteen gold medals, Jim is passionate about raising the profile of Australian garden design both in Australia, and overseas.

In May 2009, Jim won the award for Best Design for his Australian Show Garden at the World Garden Competition in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. At the Chelsea Flower Show in 2011, Jim designed an Australian Show Garden for the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne that won a Gold medal on the Main Avenue. At the 2011 Gardening World Cup in Japan, Jim was awarded ‘Best in Show.’ Jim has been awarded Gold Medals at the Singapore Garden Festival in 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2014 and has received the Award for Horticultural Excellence in 2006, 2010 & 2014. Jim was awarded a Gold Medal for his Gallipoli Garden at the Australian Garden Show Sydney 2013.

In 2014 Jim designed ‘Essence of Australia’ for the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne that was the first Australian themed garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and was awarded a Gold Medal as well as the Tudor Rose Award for the Best Show Garden.

In 2015, Jim became the first Australian to exhibit a garden at the Philadelphia Flower Show USA, winning a Gold Medal.

Jim has been a regular garden design writer for various publications in Australia and is the current National President of the Horticultural Media Association Australia.


Drawing Inspiration for Australian Garden Design 
Jim will give a behind the scenes look into the preparation and execution of presenting Australian Gardens at world famous garden shows including RHS Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Singapore Garden Festival & the Gardening World Cup Japan, amongst others. This presentation will include ideas for finding design inspiration, working with sponsors to maximise sponsor benefits, and using elements of garden design to maximise media coverage at garden shows. 

Design Influences for Melbourne Gardens 
In this presentation, Jim will look at some of the design & construction challenges encountered in some of his favourite residential projects that he has designed for clients in Melbourne. Many projects are located in the inner leafy suburbs of Melbourne where space can be limited, land value is at a premium, and clients expect high detailed deliverance of projects, both small and large scale. In this presentation Jim will explore the sometimes challenging balance between client needs and environmental responsibilities, whilst maintaining a design aesthetic when designing residential gardens.