The festival showcases emerging lifestyle trends, floral displays and show gardens, while visitors are also able to attend masterclasses and demonstrations from a range of floral stylists, landscapers and industry experts.
Now in its 24th year, the show is welcoming some major changes. With a new naming partner – Lawn Solutions Australia – and a new charity partnership with Beyond Blue, the five day floral event is set to be a must for Aussies nationwide.
The festival is also an opportunity for retailers and small businesses within the flower, garden and landscape industries to showcase their wares in stalls that sell everything from bulbs to tools, trinkets and garden accessories.
Organisers predict that the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired plant installation will be a crowd favourite, while kids are sure to enjoy the brand new Kids Education Zone, where young gardeners can pot their own plants and try their hand at generating a water supply in the bicycle installation.
Other highlights of Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2019 include the custom-built Welcome Garden by Cycas Landscape Design’s Mark Browning, and an exclusive, one-night only party on the Friday night – Gardens by Twilight – with local craft beers, prosecco, rosé and even the worlds’ first non-alcoholic spirits, a gourmet food selection, musical performances and romantically lit gardens running late into the evening.
The ancient art of Ikebana will be brought to life by Japanese master Naohiro Kasuya, who is flying in direct from Tokyo’s Ichiyo Ikebana Floristry School. The RMIT Floral Design Competition is also worth a look as it features couture made from flowers, foliage and other plant life.
Tickets are on sale now and prices vary from $24 to $80 depending on the kind of ticket and events you want to attend.
Be sure to allow enough time to see all the installations, stalls and activities when you visit!
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