MIFGS also known as The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is held once every year in March. This year the garden show opened on Wednesday 28th and closed on Sunday April 1st. I was lucky enough to work behind the scenes on a group garden. It was great to see the action and effort that went into these displays.
But back to the actual show, I personally feel it was better than most other years. The garden displays were very impressive, then you get the few that you just don’t understand and ask yourself why. But nonetheless they were inspiring and I now have that gardener’s urge to get out there in my own garden and start planting.
There was one garden that I was most impressed by, which was created by the NGIV, which ended up at the Yates garden on the actual day. There were a number of horticultural speakers; one of my favorites was Collin Campbell who stars in Gardening Australia. Just listening to him talk I picked up some interesting facts and tricks for the home garden.
Within the Royal Exhibition Building floral displays and artwork is presented. Every year unusual and unique ideas are presented for the public eyes. I will be honest, I didn’t spend much time within the exhibition building, only because my interest remains elsewhere. But nonetheless the artwork that is created is always stunning and enjoyable to see.
Now down to the fun stuff, shops. There is a large number of different types of stalls to explore. Ranging from heritage perennials, annuals, vegetables, fruit trees, succulents, cacti, aquatic plants, bulbs, orchids, gingers, camellias, ornamental trees, garden tools, books, to garden furniture, garden ornaments AND so much more! You really do need to hunt for a good buy but it is still easy to get lost in the glory of spending.
Bulbs are priced decently but when buying for plants, depending on the stall, you can get some very good buys. I picked up a beautiful yellow scented orchid for $30.00 when they usually retail in nurseries for $50-70. It may be a small price difference but it was still a good one. I brought a variety of plants and succulents in tubes which seemed to be the best way to go in terms of carrying things around. I definitely learnt my lesson this year by not bringing a trolley or driving into the show.
In conclusion the Melbourne flower show is defiantly a great fun day out no matter who it’s with. Both friends and family will enjoy the atmosphere of the show, with food and drink stalls you don’t need to walk far to hunt out food. If you haven’t been before do try going next year.
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs
Here is a link to the website if you want to read up more about the show: http://www.melbflowershow.com.au/