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Achievable Gardens

Now in its 11th year, the Avenue of Achievable Gardens is a key element of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. The Avenue of Achievable Gardens Design Competition offers students and educational institutions the opportunity to showcase their design skills and horticultural knowledge, promote achievable gardening, creativity and encourage the use of diverse, high quality plants in the landscape. It’s a great learning experience for students, allowing them to go through the process from concept design and project coordination, to construction of a show garden.



The Avenue of Achievable Gardens Awards

The awards format will change for the 2017 event and will replicate the format of the larger MIFGS Show Gardens. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be given to gardens based on the average score from the judges.

There can be numerous winners for each award of gold, silver and bronze.

  • BLUE RIBBON:                   80% or more
  • RED RIBBON:                      70% – 79%
  • GREEN RIBBON:                60% – 69%

There will also be a ‘White Ribbon Award’ presented to the student(s) with the highest overall mark.


In 2017 the following awards will also be presented:

Innovative Use of Plant Life Award – NEW FOR 2017

Awarded to a student that showcases innovative use of plant life.

As much as the community love a garden that requires little maintenance or looks like everyone else’s in their suburb, the palette of plants available in Victoria is the broadest in the country. We are known Australia-wide as the Garden State, so let the design show the best of what Victorian growers have to offer.


Creative Space Award – NEW FOR 2017

Awarded to a student that pushes the boundaries of garden design.

The Creative Space Award celebrates innovation and creativity and will be awarded to a student who shows a willingness to take chances in their design. The winning garden will be one that inspires imagination and experimentation in garden design.


The Debco People’s Choice Award

The winner of this award is voted for by the public throughout the duration of the show. The winner will be announced on the last day of the show.


In 2016, the first place winner of the Avenue of Achievable Gardens was ‘Refuge’ by Lincoln Flynn of Holmesglen Institute.


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Participating schools:

Holmesglen Institute

Swinburne University of Technology

Melbourne Polytechnic

University of Melbourne


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