Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2022 witnessed over a hundred thousand attendees at their five-day festival at Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building last week. The offline event returned after a long pandemic, and the level of response it received was quite overwhelming.
Beautiful exhibits, landscape designs, fragrant florals, and stunning sights by Melbourne florists captured every plant lover’s attention and received different award titles.
Top floral and landscape designers from all over the country came to participate in this show. It had stunning displays, excellent event flower arrangements and an extensive variety of native and exotic flowers on display.
Inside, the Royal Exhibition Building was transformed into a botanical paradise with award-winning floral displays, a dedicated wedding showcase, floral fashions by RMIT students, high tea, and the Flowers Victoria Flower Market.
The Flower & Garden Show also featured many stalls offering a variety of garden products, gardening tools and outdoor furniture. There were many rare and exotic plant species, retail products and innovative flower arrangements at the flower and garden show.
Inner Calm by Christian Jenkins Landscape Design
“Inner Calm”, a landscape design by Christian Jenkins, celebrated the joy of a tropical garden with surround sound rainforest music in a fully lush green foliage. It received The City of Melbourne Award of Excellence for the Best in Show.
“More than meets the eye” by Warners Nurseries, in collaboration with Robert Boyle, received the People’s Choice Award, Horticultural Media Association Award, and Gold show Garden Award for their stunning display. It showcased the coming together of six gardens as one where each area saw a diversity of plantings and gave the whole space a different look.
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Mark Browning’s landscape design titled “Aud” received the Silver Silt Show Garden, which featured a fusion of varied plantings with offbeat structural landscape ideas.
Dylan Alcott, champion wheelchair tennis player and supporter of disability, made his debut with the Tramlines display, a garden designed to be accessible, inclusive and attractive. They put together sensory-based plantings and features of colour contrast to make the experience enlightening for vision-impaired people.
‘Tramlines’ by Dylan Alcott and Vivid Design
Dylan Alcott said, “I love so many elements of the garden, particularly the totem tennis because that is how I learned many of my tennis skills, and the pathing, which is all to do with universal design. The connection with the Dylan Alcott Foundation is also really special as the sale of this garden will help young Australians with disabilities achieve their dreams.”
From a celebrity showcase to exciting entertainment, the show had everything. Even the Melbourne Museum Forecourt was transformed this year as the FREE Autumn Night Garden with pleasing light displays, food trucks and live performances by Melbourne musicians.
The number of people who came in for the festival was very well-comparable to the pre-pandemic count exceeding the organiser’s expectations and marking a significant milestone.
Event Director, Marcus Gale shared his joy and said, “After a challenging two years, it was wonderful to see such a strong turnout and so many smiling faces back in the heart of Melbourne. We couldn’t be happier with the result.”