The 2017 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show was on this week at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens. Running over five days, MIFGS is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and most loved horticultural event.
Now in its 22nd year, organisers have said this year’s show was the best yet; with more floral features, experts and botanical experiences to be shared with guests.
Melbourne CBD’s current strive towards becoming a greener city and biodiverse environment was evident at this year’s show, with the Urban Forest initiative featuring prominently, with two mature tree woodland installations.
There was also Landscaping Victoria’s Boutique Gardens Competition, where finalist landscape designers produces an intimate 5m x 5m display garden, indicative of today’s more urban environment where there is not as much space for a backyard.
Wild at Heart by Emmaline Bowman, STEM Landscape Architecture & Design, was the winning garden in the Landscaping Victoria Boutique Gardens Award. This garden featured natural, earthy architecture like a bluestone wall, babbling brook and airy pergola.
Inside the Royal Exhibition Building was flowers galore! Including some very creative floral garment designs by RMIT Fashion Students, as well as floral designs that both inspired and intruiged.
The Landscape Design Show Gardens were breathtaking as always, with all of them making great use of space.
There was a time where show gardens were a competition of who could use the biggest sculpture, or pave the most impressive courtyard, but now landscapers seem to be reverting back to the use of open lawns, and a simpler, less overcrowded approach to design which we love.
This year’s winner of the City of Melbourne Award of Excellence for Best in Show was I See Wild, designed by Phillip Withers Landscape Design.
The winning garden featured a selection of native plants, big stone pieces and a beautiful fire pit.
Carrying on with the theme of creating more green space, Vision 202020 was at this year’s show, and is a major partner of MIFGS.
Vision 202020 is an industry initiative which aims to make urban areas 20 per cent greener by the year 2020.
It has been proven that our concret jungle city can be up to 5 degrees warmer than surrounding countryside in the summer, and the growing demand for ‘low maintenance’ homes means less green space which can cool a house area down significantly.
Vision 202020 believe all Australians can help influence this change by looking at their own backyard environment, and creating residential gardens and green spaces. These don’t necessarily need to be high maintenance areas, if you choose plants that work best in your conditions you will soon be enjoying the environmental and personal benefits of greening up your neighbourhood, such as general health and wellbeing, and reducing temperatures.
We absolutely loved our time exploring the 2017 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, and can’t wait for next year’s event! MIFGS will return for its 23rd year to the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in 2018, from March 21-25.