The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show – presented by Scotts Osmocote in partnership with the City of Melbourne – is excited to invite international students to join plant lovers and flower fanatics to explore an enchanting collection of never-before-seen floral and landscape designs. You’ll enjoy educational talks from industry elites, hands-on workshops and Insta-worthy moments.
International students are offered free entry to this popular event from Wednesday to Friday (valued at $31). Please complete the form to register to go on your preferred day and bring proof of your student status with you. But be quick – tickets are limited and you won’t want to miss out!
We also invite you to join the Lord Mayor and the City of Melbourne’s International Education team at 9am Wednesday 30 March for a light breakfast, face painting and a special native flower giveaway for international students. Register for this special event here to secure your spot at the City of Melbourne Hub, and remember to also get your ticket below for general entry to the show!
Find out more about what you can do and learn at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Apart from all the usual exciting landscape designs, photo opportunities, floral displays and Insta-worthy moments, the following programs will run across the three student free days.
After experiencing what the Show has to offer, you can enjoy the colourful displays in the Royal Exhibition Building before taking time to relax in the City of Melbourne Hub. It’s set amongst the beautiful Carlton gardens and you can meet the friendly and welcoming City of Melbourne International Education team at the following times:
Bigger and better than ever, the festival’s outdoor program will boast more than 30 enchanting garden displays across seven categories including the Scotts Osmocote Welcome Garden by Candeo Design, greeting visitors upon arrival. New in 2022 are the inaugural Ryman Healthcare Balcony Gardens andthe London College of Design Border Gardens, both celebrating the changing nature of the Australian backyard. The Secret Garden Melbourne Ideas Competition will also make its debut showcasing the works of three finalists who have reimaged an underutilised ‘grey’ space in Melbourne’s CBD into a thriving ‘green’ oasis. All bringing to life some amazing instagramable moments.
The crowd-favourite Landscape Design Show Gardens will return with captivating horticultural displays alongside the Boutique Gardens with a clever collection of 5m x 5m designs from the nation’s top creatives. Over in the Achievable Gardens, budding horticulturalists will showcase a series of approachable gardening solutions using quality materials with previous graduates returning to exhibit new works in the first-ever Emergent Gardens.
MAKE, TASTE AND TAKE HOME
In a Show first, Scotts Osmocote Indoor Plant Zone will provide a haven for indoor plant lovers with an A-Z of species to explore, free advice from gardening experts and a curated selection of plant care products.
Those with a palate for fresh produce can learn about the intricate history of heirloom veggies and how they can grow their very own at home at The Diggers Club Urban Farm.
Inside the Royal Exhibition Buidling, visitors will be spoiled for choice with a stunning selection of interactive workshops including table centrepieces, wearable floral accessories and Japanese kokodamas. Botanical-inspired High Tea sittings will provide the perfect pick me up with mouth-watering sweet treats and St Ali coffee.
The Great Hall of Flowers will boast an incredible collection of award-winning floral displays from some of Australia’s top established and up-and-coming designers. Brides and grooms-to-be will be enthralled by this year’s Wedding Floral Showcase with charming displays to suit a range budgets, styles and locations. Attendees can also browse a collection of show-stopping creations from RMIT design students as part of a new and improved floral fashion display, before building a beautiful bouquet to take home from the Flower Market.
GRAB A MONET TO-GOGH
More than 500 works from some of Australia’s best artists will be showcased on the mezzanine level of the Royal Exhibition Building and throughout a selection of outdoor spaces as part of the revamped Arts and Sculpture Precincts. Meandering through each creative space, aesthetes will have the chance to enjoy live demonstrations by esteemed wood, limestone and clay sculptors, and even purchase original pieces to adorn their garden or home.
REALISE YOUR POTENTIAL
The all new Horticulture Careers Hub will provide helpful advice for secondary students looking to join Australia’s thriving landscape and design industries, and parents can chat to qualified landscape builders, gardeners and designers at the Landscape Advisory Centre. The NGIV Precinct will also showcase a suite of backyard inspiration for attendees, as a select group of emerging designers present their unique gardens.
Demonstrating the Show’s increased commitment to sustainability, the new Sustainability Space will play host to the festival’s sustainability partners, Bio Gro and Closed Loop with flower beds made from recycled materials and a wealth of educational resources. Helping to reduce the event’s environmental impact, organisers aim to divert over 500m3 of waste from landfill in 2022.