2021 Show Garden - Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Country Dreaming


The concept

The concept is to evoke summer in country Victoria – the heat, the endless dry, yellow-brown fields, glaucous green.  And to create an oasis within that context, drawing on Mediterranean influences, having regard to geographic and climatic similarities.   


It is intended that this garden will be seen not simply as a show garden but as inspiration for country gardens in today’s climatic conditions.  The plant palette has been chosen based on experience over many years in Central Victoria having regard to what will not only cope but thrive in the harsh conditions, and still look stunning.   

Current Sponsors

Deborah Hambleton



Television and publications

  • February 2019  |  The Weekend Australian magazine – Country practice 

  • 2018  | Garden Love by Simon Griffiths 

  • 28 October 2017  |  Gardening Australia, Series 28, Episode 35  

  • 10 March 2017  |  Better Homes & Gardens, Season 23 episode 6  

  • 2014  | Shed by Simon Griffiths

    Open Gardens

  • Upcoming 30 November/1 December 2019 | Open Gardens Victoria 

  • 19 & 20 November 2016, 10 & 11 November 2018 | Rotary Garden Designfest (for 
    professional designers) 

  • 3 September 2016  & 2017|    Kyneton Transition Hub - Open Edible Garden Day 

  • 2 April 2017  | Garden Ramble - Friends of Kyneton Botanic Gardens 

  • 31 March 2017 |  Open Gardens Victoria - Coach tour, Kyneton and District gardens  

  • 5 May 2016   |    Goldfields Rose & Garden Group 

Deborah lives in Central Victoria and over some years created a Mediterranean-inspired garden in a former horse paddock, which has received recognition in various publications and on television, as well as from visitors during open gardens – "A lovely oasis. Beautiful use of colour and space to create a wonderful garden." "A gorgeous garden. Love the colour and texture." "Nice to see a garden with a heart." "My idea of heaven." "Magic and mysterious and romantic" "Inspirational." 

Deborah completed a Garden Design course at Burnley and in 2015, established Potager Designs.  The approach to design has been influenced by the harsh climatic conditions and soils of Central Victoria, and a desire to create gardens that suit the environment.  As well, a key philosophy of Potager Designs is to encourage the mixed use of productive and ornamental plants based on design principles and plant requirements, as well as the use of recycled and natural materials. 

Ross Uebergang


Ross Uebergang is a landscape designer whose work includes projects in Australia, Japan, Nepal and India.

Ross was born and grew up in Victoria’s Wimmera. Ross combines a deep attachment to place with a background in horticulture, sustainability and landscape construction.  He believes passionately that landscape design and architecture must recognise the essential role of plants and the potential for gardens to be beautiful, functional and sustainable. 

Ross teaches Landscape Design at Swinburne University of Technology, TAFE, and Urban Horticulture at the University of Melbourne, Burnley.


2015 - Japan Flower Garden Show - 2nd place
2013 - Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show - Exhibition Silver Award
2013 – Victorian Schools Garden Awards – Project Manager of Swinburne University of Technology entry, awarded Silver Medal
2012 - Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show - Don Fleming Medal


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Sponsorship opportunities

We will provide your brand with access to an audience of over 100 000 visitors at the 2018 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS). Your sponsorship will help award-winning designer Ross Uebergang and Deborah Hambleton

How will my sponsorship help?

Sponsors will make a valuable contribution towards the construction costs of the show garden

Sponsor benefits

In the past our show gardens have been featured on Better Homes & Gardens, Vasili’s Gardens, in newspapers and magazines across Australia and on front covers as far away as Thailand and the Middle East. Other opportunities may include:

  • Associated with what is anticipated to be one the show’s most talked about gardens that creates the most interest

  • An audience of  100 000 people exposed to your brand plus wide TV and press coverage of the MIFGS each year

  • Promotional opportunities at the show (flyers, business cards, logo on signage)

  • Advertising on our website - major sponsors on website cover page.

  • Product placement within the show garden for sponsors providing materials and plants

  • Social media connection through Facebook and Instagram

  • Potential magazine promotion after the show

  • Credits in any video footage.

For more information, contact Ross - info@rossu.com.au

Cost Breakdown

The Team

Thank you

A huge thank you to all of the people who have already contributed to things getting this far


Emma Groot

Michael Warner

Ruby Carrodus

ANdrew Smith



Dale Johnson




Susanna Teixeira