Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2015

On Friday, I was fortunate to visit the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, which is in its 20th year.

On my visit, I discovered some amazing gardens in the Achievable Gardens section. It was inspiring to see Students from NMIT, Swinburne, Holmesglen and University of Melbourne creating such small, stylish and functional gardens. Students are challenged with the task of creating stylish gardens, that can suit anyone’s gardening skill levels. Visitors are encouraged to take home ‘recipe cards’, that guide them on how to create the mini landscapes themselves.

The ‘Food Forest’, designed by Phillip Withers was a fantastic display of how edible gardening can be both functional and beautiful.

The ANZAC Community Tribute Garden, designed by Phillip Johnson Landscapes was a beautiful commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

The Kids Under Cover Cubby House Competition was filled with amazingly designed play houses for little people. I loved the way some of the designs incorporated green roofs into their designs.

The avenue of sculptures had some very creative displays. It was too difficult to pick a favourite.

We spotted all sorts of surprises in the crowd. Gardening royalty such as Costa Georgiadis, and Don Burke were crowd favorites. Giant flowers on stilts and human sized cockatoos roamed the grounds. But, nothing gained as much attention as the baby alpaca that someone had following them around on lead.

Did you visit the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show this year? What were your highlights?

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