Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show: Poem of Nature

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Flower show 1This year at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show to be held March 21 – 25 at the Royal Exhibition Building and surrounds at the Carlton Gardens in the city, there will be for the first time, a Welcome Garden.

Designed by the man who won best in show in Phillip Withers it will be a ‘… place for visitors to relax and recline, plan their day at the show’. Over 800 exhibitors, with a passion for plants, will offer an extensive range of categories from garden tools to exotic plants, with a focus on the world of recycling and reusing.

Flower Garden 8There will also be five sensory zones for you to immerse your senses, as well as landscape builders, gardeners and designers on hand to answer the questions visitors may have.

A variety of programs, events and activities taking place across the five-day event, offers something for everyone.

Designers involved include MPF Gardens, Ben Harris Garden Design, Stem Landscape Architecture, Ben Hutchinson Landscapes and Tree & Shrub Growers.

Winner city of Melbourne Award of Excellence for Best in Show to ‘Australian Case Study Garden’ designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture and Australian House & Garden

Winner city of Melbourne Award of Excellence for Best in Show to ‘Australian Case Study Garden’ designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture and Australian House & Garden

On the morning of March 21, 2018 the prestigious MIFGS Design Awards recognised the incredible talent at this year’s show who gathered to attend the announcement of the largest and most significant gardening award ceremony in the Southern Hemisphere. All award winners names appear below.

Flower Show 6If you are looking for your garden to be more than a thing of beauty there will be a lot of styles and philosophies to choose from that can be recreated or you.

Other designs will include the first ever Chinese Show Garden from Orisis, a mindfulness garden.

The Chinese believed, from the earliest times, if you stepped through a circular doorway to enter a garden it was symbolic of the universe and intellectually at least, you were entering one of the gates of paradise.

Chinese Garden Sydney 2In particular, royal gardens were mentioned in Chinese poetry from the eleventh century, when it was required each Emperor would have a garden in which ‘… to stroll, look around and find rest in his heart.’

Chinese Garden of Friendship Darling Harbour SydneyWater was considered the essence of life, with rivers an expression of universal life as they were able to erode the landscape over time, reminding us of nature’s awesome ability to have a hand in our destiny.

Multiple award-winning Candeo Design will combine crisp designs with verdant foliage, while Eckersley Garden Architecture will pay homage to the quintessential Australian backyard.

You will be able to view the gardens by twilight on Friday March 23 and to discover different approaches to floral wedding decoration.

Flower Show 2You can join into floral design workshops and seek inspiration from viewing the finalists in the Landscaping Victoria Boutique Gardens Competition.

Another competition for students can be viewed in the Avenue of Achievable Gardens.

The ever popular The Diggers Club, Australia’s largest gardening club, will present ‘… a series of seminars for visitors of all ages, from tips on pickling and preserving to heirloom education, the benefits of worms and beekeeping and ample opportunity to sample their delicious fare’.

Decoration-Great-Hall-Exhibition-centre-MelbourneThe Great Hall of the restored heritage Exhibition centre will be transformed once more, into a floral display par excellence.

Many world class designers will showcase their creative abilities and compete to win the “Gold Floral Design Award. With gardening space being reduced on a daily basis in our cities, you can seek inspiration about how you can brighten your life from the finalists who will create landscapes in spaces 5 x 5 metres.

Flowers Whitelaw 2Flowers Victoria will handpick eighteen boutique florists and wedding stylists to be eligible for the people’s choice award. In the Melbourne Flower School Floral Workshop you will be able to create stunning circular totems from an array of stunning blooms and native flora; charges apply.

Artists and sculptors whose work aids the beauty of nature are involved and for the kids, spectacular cubby houses will be created by leading Australian design and architecture firms for children 14 and under.

Flower Show 3The organization of gardens at different times in history and in different places has been based on assumptions about ‘man’s relationship with nature’.

A poem of nature, gardens are a complex form of visual artistic expression. In a well-designed garden, an observant visitor will never see exactly the same thing twice.

Gardens emphasize the two worlds we live in; the one in which we seek to control our natural environment, and the other where nature is in awe inspiring control.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2018

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FULL LIST OF AWARD WINNERS for 2018 BELOW:

CITY OF MELBOURNE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR BEST IN SHOW

Australian Case Study Garden’ designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture and Australian House & Garden

GOLD SHOW GARDEN

‘Australian Case Study Garden’ designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture and Australian House & Garden 

Inspired by Time’ designed by Orisis.

SILVER SHOW GARDEN

Square 1’ designed by Candeo Design 
Living Garden’ designed by Stem Landscape Architecture & Design

BRONZE SHOW GARDEN

Something Borrowed’ designed by ‘Tree & Shrub Growers of Victoria
‘Harmony
’ designed by Ben Harris & Meg Geary

HORTICULTURAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION (HMA) AWARD FOR BEST USE OF PLANT LIFE

‘Australian Case Study Garden’ designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture and Australian House & Garden

LANDSCAPING VICTORIA BOUTIQUE GARDEN AWARD

1st Place – Gerrad Evanson, Octopus Design for ‘Patina Garden’
2nd Place – Kim Moon, Semken Landscaping for ‘Secretum Hortus’
3rd Place – Davide Figliuolo, Semken Landscaping for ‘L’Orbe Du Plantes’

MARK BENCE CONSTRUCTION AWARD

Inspired by Time’ by Orisis

THE AVENUE OF ACHIEVABLE GARDENS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Melbourne polytechnic with Wonder Wall’ by Sarah Jardine

GOLD DISPLAY

Exhibit Design
Collectors Corner – Garden World
Matthew Landers Florist

SILVER FLORAL DESIGN

Majory Milner College, Greg Milner
Box Hill Institute, Michelle Tester

BRONZE FLORAL DESIGN

Kaye Wong
Lynne Dallas

RMIT STUDENT FLORAL FASHION DESIGN COMPETITION

1st Place – Angus McCormack
2nd Place – Elizabeth Gao
3rd Place – Madeleine Porritt & Sarah Jayne Musker

THE BAPTCARE SHOP WINDOW FLORAL DESIGN COMPETITION

1st Place – Nicole Gibson & Greg Milner
2nd Place – Emily Karanikolopoulos
3rd Place – Sarah Wilson

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