The Hanging Basket Competition is BACK
COME ONE, COME ALL! THE COMPETITION FOR ANY GREEN THUMB, CREATIVE PLANT LOVER OR ANYONE SIMPLY WANTING TO BE A PART OF THE SHOW!
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 on our hanging baskets page.
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 on our hanging basket page 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.
Learn More And Apply HERE
12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway!
As the holiday season approaches, we want to share the love!
The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, presented by Scotts, is the gift that keeps on giving.
To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, we’re offering our #MelbFlowerShow community the opportunity to WIN! With over to $9,000 of prizes to be won with12 incredible prizes to giveaway, there’s something for everyone. All you have to do is purchase a ticket for the Show before December 12 and you will automatically go in the draw!
With so many chances to win, and a prize pool of over $9,000, we’re starting celebrations early!
HOW TO WIN
All you have to do is purchase a ticket to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, presented by Scotts Osmocote, before Tuesday 12 December, and you’re automatically in the running!
Check out the Terms & Conditions here. Winners will be contacted directly on Wednesday 13 December.
PRIZES ON OFFER
The CROSSRAY 4 Burner Gas Outdoor Kitchen – Valued at $5,599
The perfect choice if you are looking for a high-end outdoor cooking experience while enjoying time with your guests.
Wine Selectors Chairmans’ Release – Valued at $325
Ultra-premium, best of class and befitting the Chairman of our Panel. Our Chairmans’ Release truly is top shelf, presenting wines for special occasions or to make any occasion extra special. Ideal for the collector and for cellaring.
Ooni Koda 16 Essentials Bundle – Valued at $1,468.97
Experience restaurant quality pizza at home with the Ooni Koda 16 Essentials Bundle. An outdoor gas-powered pizza oven designed for cooking 16-inch pizzas and so much more!
Wollemi Pine Gift Pack – From Garden Express valued at $123.95
A total value of $123.95. 150mm Wollemi Pine plus bonus book- ‘The Wollemi Pine’ by James Woodford. Win your piece of prehistory now!”
Cultivators Christmas Kit from Japanese Tools Australia| Valued at $186
This curated kit includes a beautiful pair of Toyama Hamono Japanese Secateurs 200mm and a #1000 Radiused Whetstone and a leather case, to keep them lovely and sharp and close at hand.
Spear & Jackson Traditional Gardening Pack including – Valued at $240
Pack including Spade, Fork & Border Spade. Elevate your gardening game with our Traditional Stainless Steel Tools, combining classic charm with modern durability.
1 of 5 Indoor Plant Prize Packs from Scotts Osmocote, each valued at $50
You could WIN a Prize Pack from Scotts, Perfect for your indoor plants!
Natio Christmas Gift Set – Valued at $224
The perfect gift set for Christmas, the ultimate Natio Gift Pack including products from the Lapping Waves, Active Essentials, Warm Horizon and Natural Grace Range!
Win A Green Hip Outfit – From Green Hip Workwear valued at $259
Go in the running for your choice of a Pair of Overalls, T-Shirt + Hat. Green Hip provides women with clothing that expresses their sense of worth and enhances their sense of identity.
Urbalive Worm Farm – From Wormlovers valued at $280
Transform your scraps into garden gold with the gorgeous Urbalive worm farm. This beautifully designed and easy to use worm farm is perfect for small spaces!
SHAPESCAPER® three ring planters – Valued at $540
SHAPESCAPER® three ring planters feature a classic design made from extremely durable weathering steel. The perfect solution for an instant pop-up garden or landscape feature. The giveaway is the 590mm tall triple ring.
Thai Constellation Monstera – From Diacos Garden Nursery valued at $199
Discover the Monstera Thai Constellation: A rare gem with stable, galaxy-inspired marble variegation and elegant, creamy splattered leaves. A true collector’s delight
See competition Terms and Conditions HERE
The Balcony Garden Competition – A Competition For All
Rebecca Mitchell was new to gardening when she decided to apply for the Balcony Garden Competition at the 2023 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Presented By Scotts. Rebecca gave us some insight on her inspiration behind her garden, the build process and any advice for those looking to enter the Balcony Garden Competition at this years show!
What inspired you to enter the Balcony Garden Competition?
*After retiring from a 17-year career as a paramedic, I became a Stay At Home Mum. I’ve always loved gardening and gardens, so completed a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2019 and knew that I wanted to work towards becoming a garden designer as my next career. I had retired with PTSD and gardening had become a real source of therapy and nurturing for me since, so I wanted to help others create their own personal healing and nurturing spaces.
After the stress of COVID I was keen to go to MIFGS. While on the website I happened to look at the competition section and saw there was an opportunity to submit a design to the Balcony Garden competition. It really made me think about all those people who had gone through lock down in apartments and so I decided to create a balcony that I would have loved if I had been in that situation. I decided to challenge myself to have a go and spent the evenings working on designs. Initially my only goal was to put aside some time for myself and meet the entry deadlines. I didn’t think I would even be accepted into the competition!
What was the build process like and when did you start planning?
After being accepted into the competition the first thing I did was to look for a local landscape construction company that would be willing to be involved, as I knew I would have difficulty constructing the balcony garden entirely on my own in 2 days. Alex Vears from Stonefields Landscapes and Gardens was keen to be involved, so we had an initial planning meeting in mid January to discuss the project and start planning the build. I began sourcing materials, plants and making the furnishings, designing and commissioning the mirrors, as well as trying to get some sponsorship. Due to the limited timeframe for building on site, we decided to collect the balcony framework early and build the balcony to full completion the week before MIFGS. After dealing with a few small challenges, Alex and his team then deconstructed the balcony and made it into a kit form, so the build on site went really smoothly and was completed early on the first day. This was particularly rewarding as so much hard work had gone into the pre-build, and I also had to ensure enough time to construct a garden in the Border Garden competition.
Did you have any professional gardening experience prior to the competition?
I had no professional garden experience prior to MIFGS, but had completed a Permaculture Design Certificate.
Since the show, have you gone on to do more gardening and landscaping?
Yes, I have started my own small business Little Footprint Studios Garden Design. I have designed several small residential garden projects and one large full property garden design for a new residential architectural build. I have also participated as part of a team in The Garden Hustle, to complete a garden makeover in a day for a local community group called Mums Of The Hills (MOTHs).
Did you have any help with your design or build?
I completed the design on my own and selected all the plants. Then engaged help from a local interior designer, Stjohn Axbey, to create some 3D renders. I also had a professional landscape construction team, Stonefields Landscapes and Gardens, do the building to ensure a professional and safe structure. Another local, photographer Pauline Klemm took some lovely pictures of the prebuild. The Shutter Department kindly donated some plantation shutters and Karen Mott from Guard’n donated some coir pot liners. I designed the mirrors and had them made locally, then made some components such as the macrame chandelier and curtains, and did the planting and styling.
What advice do you have to those looking to enter the Balcony Garden competition?
I would say just have a go! If you love gardens and creating things then this is such a wonderful opportunity to be part of an amazing international garden event. Don’t worry about not having professional experience. If you really want to do it then you will. The question I kept myself motivated with was simply “Why not?”
What was your favourite part about the process of creating your Balcony Garden?
So many favourite parts!
I loved the initial brainstorming and whirl of creativity, ideas, plants and themes. The thrill of submitting a design to such a major Garden Show was also exciting.
When I heard I’d been selected as a competitor, it was Christmas eve and I felt like I’d just won the lottery! It was one of the most exciting things of my life.
Finding such wonderful locals like Alex and Stjohn and Pauline was a real highlight. We all worked together so well and made a really good team.
Seeing the Balcony come to life from my initial sketch was one of the most rewarding moments. It looked so much better than I could have hoped.
Finding out that I had won the competition was, and still is, surreal. It was such an honour to be awarded the prize alongside so many highly regarded industry professionals. It was incredible to meet so many of my gardening and design idols and such a privilege to have had the opportunity to enter that world as an amateur.
What was your highlight of the show week?
Just being there every day was amazing!
The two days of building was so exciting. Not only constructing the balcony and border gardens, but seeing all the show gardens coming together and simply being involved in MIFGS.
I loved talking with people who stopped by the balcony garden. It was such a friendly atmosphere amongst the competitors also, so it was great to make so many professional connections. The staff were all so friendly and encouraging, it really was like a big happy family of gardening lovers! Getting to tour through Charlie Albone’s container garden was just a dream come true, as was meeting Jamie Durie.
Seeing all the other gardens was so inspiring. So many amazing ideas and so incredible that they were all built so quickly. Going home with an actual MIFGS trophy was also pretty special! It is one of the highlights of my life and an actual dream come true.
The Balcony Garden Competition adds a unique take on mini landscapes and is a creative opportunity for emerging and established designers to inject a new way of thinking about how we can enhance and embrace the limited space available within our homes.
This is a fantastic opportunity for competitors to promote their business, brand, creativity, innovation and flair to an engaged horticulturally-inspired audience of over 100,000 attendees. If you’re interested in applying, submit your application here: https://melbflowershow.com.au/balcony-garden-competition/
High Tea Now ON SALE
Showcasing local suppliers, beautiful food, teas, coffee and sparkling wine we look forward to welcoming you to our delightful High Tea.
Retire to an exclusive lounge area among the blooms for refreshment and a touch of luxury. Each day, our talented team of chefs will create a beautifully crafted menu, to be paired with a pot of tea, cup of freshly ground coffee or a glass of sparkling wine as you absorb the beauty of the #melbflowershow
Reserve your table today at https://events.humanitix.com/mifgs-2024/tickets
Grow Cocktail Garnishes In Your Garden
Always have the freshest ingredients on hand and elevate your cocktail game.
Whether you’re a gardener who enjoys a fresh drink, or a mixologist tired of having to buy single-use herbs, growing your own cocktail garnish to use in your drinks is super easy and fun to do!
Here are our 5 must-have cocktail garnishes from your garden:
Mint is arguably the most iconic cocktail garnish, being a staple ingredient for many drinks, such as the classic mint mojito. Like most herbs, mint is quite flavoursome and can be used fresh, dried, muddled or as a simple syrup.
As mint is a perennial herb it is best grown in pots or planters. If you’re growing mint in the garden, make sure you trim regularly and be careful of it taking over. We love growing mint in a mason jar on a sunny kitchen windowsill. Ensure that your mint gets the right nutrients to grow strong and healthy by using a premium potting mix, like Scotts Osmocote Tomato, Vegetable and Herb Premium Potting Mix.
Basil is a super versatile herb, whose flavour helps elevate several spirits, such as gin, tequila or rum. Basil is also well paired with other garden-fresh ingredients like strawberry, lemon or cucumber and together they make for a refreshing spritzer.
The most common variety used is sweet basil but there are other varieties available to experiment with. Some are sweet, peppery or have citrus overtones, all of which add a unique flavour profile to your drink. When growing basil ensure that it has plenty of sunlight and water. It’s also important to pinch off the top set of leaves from the basil plant every 2 weeks or so for continuous and greater production of leaves.
Lavender is one of the most aesthetically pleasing herbs to add as a cocktail garnish and gives an added floral and woody flavour like no other. In particular, this herb is fantastic when paired with spirits such as vodka or gin, making your next gin and tonic or martini an aromatherapy in a glass.
To make it even better, lavender is easy to grow when planted in a container that is exposed to direct sunlight. Make sure to water daily and harvest once blossoms begin to open.
Rosemary has a rich, woody flavour that perfectly complements some of the most iconic cocktails. For example, rosemary can create a great smoky spin on the typical whiskey sour or old-fashioned. Don’t be afraid to pair it with other fruits and herbs, like lavender or grapefruit for fresh flavour – the possibilities are endless!
Rosemary doesn’t need a lot of attention once it’s planted and established, but to grow the best, make sure that you start with the best. Use a premium potting mix, like Scotts Osmocote Tomato, Vegetable and Herb Premium Potting Mix, that is boosted with natural nitrogen and other organic ingredients designed for optimal plant growth.
Thyme has a distinctive, woody flavour that works well as a simple syrup or garnish in many cocktails, for example you can create a herbaceous twist on an old fashion or martini. For those who prefer citrus undertones, you can grow a lemon thyme variety and use it for drinks like a Limoncello thyme gin spritz.
To grow thyme, you’ll need a spot with full sun and well-drained soil. Like rosemary, thyme is drought tolerant and susceptible to root rot, so only water them when the soil is completely dry.
Looking To Get Involved?
Calling all creatives! Want to get involved in the largest horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere? Now’s your chance! We are now accepting applications for the Balcony Garden and Border Garden competitions!
Have you been honing in on that green thumb over the last few years? Now’s your chance to put your talent to the test. Find out how you can apply to be involved in our small space garden competitions, accessible to anyone with a flair for garden design!
Early Bird Tickets Now On Sale
We’re back in 2024 and Early Bird Tickets are now available, secure your tickets early to save and we’ll see you at the Royal Exhibition Building and Cartlon Gardens next year from the Wednesday the 20th – Sunday the 24th March
Secure your tickets below
Exhibitor Applications Are NOW OPEN
The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, presented by Scotts Osmocote, will return to the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in 2024 from Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th March!
We’re excited to invite you to take part in the southern hemispheres biggest flower and garden show, with exhibitor applications now open at our Early Bird Rate! Early Bird pricing is available until Sunday 23rd July for non-NGIV member and 6th August for members, get in quick to secure our best price!
With over 108K visitors to the show in 2023, this is the perfect opportunity to showcase your business and inspire visitors. To find out more about how exhibiting at the Show can benefit your business, please click here.
Apply today and join us at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show next year!
Learn More HERE
The 2024 Dates Are Set
We are thrilled to announce the world-renowned Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, presented by Scotts Osmocote, will return in 2024 to the heritage listed Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building! The dates are set for Wednesday 20th March through to Sunday 24th March 2024.
Tickets will go on sale at the end of October. Stay signed up to our newsletter to be the first to know when tickets are on sale!
Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you next year!
OVER 100,000 GARDEN LOVERS FLOCKED TO MELBOURNE TO CELEBRATE THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE’S LARGEST HORTICULTURAL EVENT
More than one hundred thousand people converged in Carlton Gardens and the world-heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building this week to celebrate the 26th Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, presented by Scotts Osmocote. Boasting its biggest program to date, one of the world’s largest garden events had something for horticultural enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels, showcasing 80 world-leading landscape and floral designs, hands-on experiences, educational talks, and endless botanical inspiration.
“This week, Australia’s horticultural community came out in droves to celebrate our nation’s premier gardening event. It was an honour to deliver another successful Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show for over 100,000 passionate plant people with our biggest program to date, right in the heart of the city,” said Event Director, Marcus Gale.
Winning garden displays included “The Container Garden”, a multi-level Show Garden featuring two recycled shipping containers by Charlie Albone of Inspired Exteriors, which took out three awards including the City of Melbourne Award of Excellence for Best in Show. On the floral front, eighteen-time Show designer Matthew Landers took out the Gold Award for his stunning floral design in the Visual Display category alongside Olivia Coutts of Florals by Pemberley of Malmsbury and Collectors Corner Garden World.
the much-anticipated People’s Choice Awards, as voted by visitors, were announced. “Aurum” designed by Darin Bradbury of MINT Pool & Landscape Design was named the crowd-favourite Show Garden following its Gold Show Garden Award earlier this week. Coutts also took out the attendee-voted award in the floral category.
Recognising people who have made exceptional contributions to the Show and played a key role in its ongoing success, the inaugural Spirit of the Show Awards were also presented this morning. In the Carlton Gardens category, Martin Semken of Semken Landscaping was recognised for his commitment to the Show Garden competition, helping construct countless award-winning horticultural displays since the event’s inception in 1995. Dawn and Martin, the duo behind Peninsula Wild Flower, were bestowed with the inaugural award in The Great Hall of Flowers category for creating and presenting breathtaking botanical displays and endless inspiration for visitors, year after year.
The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is the southern hemisphere’s largest horticultural event and one of the only garden events with a city- backdrop. The Show will return in March 2024.