Applications for the 2024 Hanging Basket Competition will open on Friday 1st December. To make sure you are kept up to date with any announcements please fill out the expression of interest form on the previous page.
After a successful relaunch in 2023, the Hanging Basket Competition will again take over the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show for 2024. An initiative driven at it’s inception by both Scotsburn Nurseries and the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria with the assistance of significant industry support, the Show is delighted to have the competition back in a refreshed location and format.
From launching in 2001 with 50 entries, the competition has grown to host over 400 entries in the most recent editions with engagement from Royal Horticultural Society Victoria members, affiliated garden groups, children, schools, TAFE Colleges, disadvantaged sectors, Youth Groups and a range of nurseries throughout the industry. The concept was and remains simple; participants pay an entry fee and receive a hanging basket and potting mix to prepare their very own hanging basket to display at the Show. The aim is to encourage gardening through a platform that allows anyone to be involved in the biggest Flower & Garden Show in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Hanging Basket Competition was created to encourage variety, creativity and providing a blank canvas to all participants. The mantra remains for all participants to have fun and challenge themselves. Recent editions have seen a diverse range of plants such as cacti, succulents, bonsai, natives and culinary varieties. As a result, virtually anything is fair game as long as it can be successfully grown in a basket, with the only conditions listed in the Judging section below.
The competition continues to receive significant industry support thanks to both Brunnings (provider of the hanging baskets) and Debco (provider of the potting mix). The collection locations for the equipment are also integral to the competition, with further details below around the exclusive discounts available to participants from All Green Nursery & Garden, Diaco’s Garden Nursery and Yarra Edge Nursery at the time of collection.
The short answer is anyone! The previous editions have seen the below groups engage with the competition:
All participants will be required to pay a $50 Entry Fee to enter the Hanging Basket Competition. This is paid directly to the nursery where you collect your Hanging Basket and Potting Mix (details below).
All participants will receive the following for being part of the Hanging Basket Competition
To take part in the Hanging Basket Competition, participants will need to follow the below process:
Prize Money will be awarded to the top 10 entries at the below allocations:
All entries on display at the Show will be judged.
The key criteria used by the judging panel include:
All participants will be required to collect their provided equipment from their preferred local nursery of the options listed below. The competition receives significant support from Diaco’s Garden Nursery, Yarra Edge Nursery & All Green Nursery & Garden who have aligned with the Show to have the equipment available for collection. The teams at all nurseries will be there to help participants with any questions that may have when they start planning their masterpiece.
EXCLUSIVE PARTICIPANT OFFERS – All participants will be eligible to receive the below discounts at their preferred collection location:
All participants will need to select their preferred pick-up collection when submitting their application.
Need some inspiration for your basket? The below images are entries from previous Shows.
PLEASE NOTE – NO EQUIPMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO COLLECT EARLIER THAN 12th DECEMBER 2023. YOU WILL BE ADVISED, AFTER APPLYING, ONCE YOUR EQUIPMENT IS AVAILABLE.
Application form for the 2024 Hanging Basket Competition