Inside the Royal Exhibition Building was amassed some impressive and stunning floral displays. The 'haute couture' displays have become more innovative and exotic with each year, the dinner settings are truly sumptuous, and the shop windows are eye catching. In addition a huge pyramid of flowers and a cheeky display entitled 'Scent in the City' drew plenty of attention.
There are lessons for gardeners here; how to put plants together, use colour, texture and form to create a dramatic statement of a restful scene.
Watching the florists at work, against the clock and neighbouring competitors, putting together a unique and individual floral statement is fascinating and educational. Panels and demonstrations were held on the main stage through out the Show
Shop 'Til You Drop
Tesselar Bulbs created another stunning display of tulips, narcissi and hyacinths outside their retail pavilion. This time rugby players leapt high for the ball, drawing plenty of interest and comment. To either side the colonial, pastoral past was recalled in a series of scenes using magpies, outhouses and rustic characters.
The displays by organisations such as Southern Earth, Burdett and Highpoint showed how sophisticated the retail displays have become.
There were numerous eye-catching stands with water features and sculpture, the innovative materials available today bring good design within the reach of more and more people, as well as lightweight materials that water to be used on balconies and difficult sites.
Many stands offered a good range of garden tools and accessories, chiminera and even flying pigs- after all this is the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and all things are possible!
Bands played and performed, entrancing the audience. Animal figures entertained the children. A dramatic dance was performed on flexible poles, taking the breath away from many of the audience.
Refreshments were varied and, for the most part, plentiful. Innovative espresso carts kept the caffeine flowing and provided Aussie lamingtons while a rustic tea-shack served up traditional and non-traditional fare.
Going Home Happy
As wonderful as we expected, the MIFGS gave a fresh look at gardening and where it is headed.. Staggering home laden with plants and innovative ideas, the Show's energy and the enthusiasm of the visiting public for gardening and plants remained with us.
2 - 6 April 2003
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
In 2002 Adult A$17.00 ( Full day), A$13.00 (Twilight entry)
Concessions and Children's Ticket available
Tel +61 3 8792 4009
Melbourne - great for ideas big and small
Sumptuous dining from Leigh Clark
Scent in the City
Jumping high for Tesselaar
Curving colour and kangaroo paws for Southern Earth
Going home happy
Rustic Aussie tea...
|Review and photos of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2001|