Immerse your senses at the 23rd annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, hosted in the exquisite heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens from 21-25 March 2018. Featuring the best landscape and floral talent that Australia has to offer alongside an extensive array of garden retail products, the show is a celebration of Australian lifestyle and our great outdoors.
The show is for everyone: floral fanatics, gardening enthusiasts, professional landscape designers, DIY or renovation buffs, and even families with cubbies and hands-on activities for kids.
With so much on display every day at the show, it’s hard to know where to begin! Here are the NGIV and member-related activities:
The Precinct is an area that connects all sections of nursery and garden industry, aiming to unite, educate and inspire the public and our members. Exhibitors in this area represent our members, such as growers, retail businesses (showcasing new products), our program for school children and others. It also demonstrates to visitors the broad and diverse nature of our supply chain.
The Avenue of Achievable Gardens
Visit the Avenue of Achievable Gardens to see the next generation of landscape designers and horticulturists. Students from four educational institutions showcase their design skills and horticultural knowledge with a design competition that promotes achievable gardening and high quality plants. The event is not only a fantastic introduction to students into real life design and an opportunity to experience a project from concept through to completion, but also the results are stunning to witness.
Tree and Shrub Growers of Victoria Show Garden
‘Something Borrowed’ is a sensational show garden brought to you by the Tree and Shrub Growers of Victoria and is a key feature of the Precinct. The borrowed landscape is something landscape designers have been using for centuries. Whether it’s filtered views of distant hills or a neighbour’s canopy tree, ‘borrowing’ parts of the surrounding landscape is an essential element in maximising space and feeling immersed in the local environment.
This garden highlights the effectiveness of using the borrowed landscape in the urban environment and how every garden has a part to play in enhancing the landscape for the whole community, especially when the urban build environment seems to squeeze out the natural landscape.
Victorian Schools Garden Awards (VSGA)
Take the family to the VSGA area for some fun hands-on activities for kids, provided in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV). Celebrating 41 years of operation, the VSGA program continues to grow and spread the message of the benefits that gardens play in student learning, health and wellbeing.
Want to know what’s new in the horticultural world? Check out the REVEALED displays for stunning displays of new plants and products that have just been released to the market, such as beautiful new varieties of florals, fruit trees and much more.
‘Colour Your World’
Find out more about using and creating colour in your outdoor living spaces – large or small. You don't need a large garden to enjoy colour: it's what's in the garden that makes the difference! This display shows to how to use containers, window boxes or narrow garden beds to add a colourful burst that not only 'feeds the emotional core' but provides a valuable food source of pollinators.
‘Visit Your Local Nursery’
This informative and interactive zone features an edible display garden, mini courtyard, outdoor garden and indoor garden. Listen to informative and engaging talks between 11am-3pm daily, and meet gardening celebrities, such as Graham Ross (Better Homes and Gardens, The Garden Clinic), Jane Edmanson (Gardening Australia) and Jason Hodges (Better Homes and Gardens).
Specialist plant stylists are on hand to style your home with plant suggestions using the free Plant Life Balance (PLB) app. Using the app, you can select plant species that suit your lifestyle and surroundings to create a new look and feel for your own home. Even better, with studies proving that plants improve indoor air quality and emotional wellbeing, the app will assess improvements to air quality and personal wellbeing as a result of your new décor!
All of us at NGIV hope you enjoy the show. I have no doubt you will come away inspired and invigorated by the imaginative and stunning displays, innovative garden products, informative experts and truly incredible garden designs.