An information and talent gathering exercise at the Chelsea Garden Show will deliver even more experience to Citywide’s current crop of best-of-industry flowering credentials. Business Unit Parks Manager, Lisa Carty and Open Space Divisional Manager Dean Grant will take a 10-day trip to Europe’s most influential garden showcase.
“We will bring back knowledge, inspiring our own work in Australia’s premier parks. We’re looking at new plants, new species and garden management innovation from around the world,” Mr Grant said. The Chelsea Garden Show is the most famous and arguably the largest garden show in the world, holding a strict limit of 160,000 ticketed attendees each year over an 11 acre showground.
As well as gathering from the world’s best, Lisa and Dean will be visiting London’s historic botanic parks and premier horticultural schools, Merrist Wood at Guildford College and Myerscough College, Citywide is attracting talented new staff with an educational exchange program.
“We’re keen to continue the scheme where students can spend the last placement of their training here in Australia and we can guarantee them a job. It’s been very successful in just three years. We’re in the process of relocating our second successful graduate programme and already there’s been one permanent success,” Mr Grant said.
Australia’s leader in prominent garden floral display management, Citywide recently re-won the contract for the City of Sydney’s beloved ‘Living Colour’ city garden series, established in 1998. “We get a lot of positive feedback from the City of Sydney, from the residents, all the workers - people love it. It brightens up the CBD no end,” Mr Grant said. City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said “Living Colour displays attract a lot of people including tour groups and office workers who can look down on the stunning displays from their offices.”
With over 35,000 plants installed in more than 1200 transportable crates, 2 vertical walls of plants and 175 hanging species, this year’s is the most extensive Living Colour, and set to showcase Citywide’s creativity in the floral field.