Celebrating the women of the show
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As it’s International Women’s Day we could not think of a better time to celebrate six women who are integral to the 2019 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.
1 – Inge Jabara (Show Garden designer)
An award winning Landscaping Designer, Inge established her business in 2009 and has built over 380 gardens. Inge is brimming with ideas and innovations for creative Australian landscapes, and is a sought-after speaker and television consultant on the subject. Inge is eager to motivate 2019 show-goers by producing an on-trend, Melbourne-inspired garden at this years show that utilises elements that can be incorporated in their own backyards. Check out her 2019 Show Garden design here.
2 – Megan Parker (Head floral judge)
We are ecstatic to welcome Megan Parker to the 2019 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show as the head floral judge. Megan has been an active member of New Zealand Professional Florists Inc. (NZPF) for the past 35 years. Her roles occupied over this period have consisted of Diploma Representative, Vice President, President and National Assessment Co-ordinator. Her desire to teach floristry to the highest standard is her passion.
3 –Lauren Fyfe (Senior Event Manager)
The woman who brings the entire show together. With over 20 years of international experience in the events industry, Lauren is busy working away on the programming for this years Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show for you all to enjoy. Originally from London, Lauren & her family moved to Melbourne in January 2017 and is now well immersed in the world of flowers & gardens.
4 – Alana Pittard (Victorian Farmers Federation)
Alana Pittard took on the role of the horticultural manager of Victorian Farmers Federation in August last year. Her role manages policy related to all horticultural commodities and media and communications. VFF includes the Flowers Victoria committee of which has a beautiful & impressive exhibit at the show – The Flower Market and the Wedding Table display which was a huge hit last year and will be returning to this years show.
5 – Lizzie Earl (Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria)
Lizzie holds a bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture and has been involved with the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show for three years now. Lizzie’s first year at the show saw her lend a hand to the creation of a Show Garden, before moving onto project manager of the Avenue of Achievable Gardens and the NGIV Precinct.
6 – Megan Flower (Landscaping Victoria)
As a self-confessed “Jack (or should that be Jill?) of all Trades” Megan is no stranger to the show. Megan in her role at Landscaping Victoria looks after the Landscape Advisory centre offered at the show & also co-ordinates the Boutique Garden competition. From getting down and dirty with paintbrushes and power tools to networking at industry functions, Megan gets to do it all. “I have never felt restricted as a woman leading the landscaping industry and in fact there is great encouragement within the businesses I deal with to get more women into the trade. Design, management and admin roles see many women working in landscaping, and OH&S measures in place to ensure no-one gets injured at work these days means that brawn is no longer a necessity to be a landscaper.