If you had visited the Munro Martin Parklands in the Cairns CBD the last few weeks, you would have witnessed a beautiful sight evolving – with the tropical gardens coming into full bloom. Most impressively, the park’s arbour walkway has been draped in a sea of red flowers from the Flame-of-the-Forest vines. Although the vines have been in place since the parklands opening in August 2016, this is the first year that they’ve grown to totally enclose the walkway, creating this amazing canopy of colour.
I was commissioned by the collaborating designers, CA Architects and Prowse Landscape Architects, to capture the beauty of these urban parklands in bloom. Along with the main walkway, the 70 arbour frames set around the venue host almost 300 growing vines. Additionally, the parklands are home to tens of other plant species and more than 7000 plants. Other highlights of the eye-catching botanical display are the luminous jade vine flowers growing along the landscaped tiers and the 10 metre high flower trellises either side of the performance stage. Here are a selection of images from this year’s floral display.