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AUTUMN GARDENING GUIDE THANKS TO LAWN SOLUTIONS AUSTRALIA

Autumn in the garden is all about planning for what’s ahead.

Wondering what to do in the garden in Autumn (besides cleaning up fallen leaves)? Autumn in the garden is all about planning and prepping to help your garden thrive through the coolers months. The experts at Lawn Solutions Australia are here to make things as seamless as possible.

STEP 1: Show some Love to your Lawn

The healthier your grass is going into the cooler months, the better it will come out the other side in spring.

Lawn Solutions Australia has created an Autumn Lawn Care video series that takes you step by step through everything you need to know. From Lawn Care Fundamentals through to Lawn Nutrition, Weeds and Repair, they’ve got your Autumn Lawn needs covered. 

Ep 1 | Autumn Lawn Care Fundamentals

Ep 2 | Autumn Lawn Nutrition

Ep 3 | Cool Season Weeds

Ep 4 | Repairing or Installing New Turf

Check out more helpful tips and tricks on the Lawn Solutions Australia YouTube channel

STEP 2: Save a Few Pennies on your Plants!

In the next few weeks you will begin to find some bargains at your local nursery with the introduction of bare-rooted stock.

You can save a a few pennies if you can hold out until this time of year, when the deciduous trees are pulled from their pots and their roots placed in a large planter box or bag filled with sawdust and other bare-rooted stock.

Plants such as weeping cherries, crab apples, many spring-flowering fruit trees and roses are all found in bare-rooted stock areas, and can be purchased at a fraction of the price they would during the rest of the year.

By planting bare-rooted stock now you won’t be provided with much interest, but when spring kicks in you will be witness to a mass of flowers before new leaf growth arrives. Patience is key.

STEP 2: It’s Time to Fertilise!

Autumn is a great time to fertilise your lawn, it’s probably the most important fertiliser application for the year!

If you have a warm season turf variety like buffalo, kikuyu, zoysia or couch, as temperatures decrease over the coming months, so too will the speed at which your grass will grow. This means that if your lawn is a little unhealthy and nutrient poor, it will likely go into winter unprepared for the colder conditions. This will leave it very susceptible to winter weeds, compaction, shade related issues and frost.

The experts from Lawn Solutions Australia recommend applying a balanced fertiliser with micro-nutrients and trace elements that will replace some of the important elements that may have been lost over summer. A slow release granular fertiliser like Lawn Solutions Fertiliser will provide your lawn with nutrients for up to 12 weeks as it gradually breaks down.

STEP 4: Start a Worm Farm

Help aerate your soil and improve root growth with worms. Bury a worm farm in the ground with the top just above ground level so it stays cool, then add layers of wet newspaper in the bottom followed by soil mixed with leaves, shredded newspaper and vegetable scraps.

Add a packet of worms and remember to cover with a shade cloth so birds don’t eat your helpful little friends!

Get in touch with the team at Wormlovers to chat about all things worm farming, composting, water-wise gardening and nutrient cycling!

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO KEEP YOUR LAWN SUPER GREEN THIS AUTUMN

The Benefits of Gardening with Kids

Do you think your kids spend too much of their time indoors? Gardening can be a fantastic way to encourage them to get some fresh air and get a little more active. Studies have even shown that young students participating in school garden lessons showed more socially competent behaviour than in classroom lessons. This means that your home garden can also be a favourable environment for lots of learning and family bonding. In this article, we’re listing down the top benefits of introducing gardening to your kids.

Teaches them responsibility and patience

Growing any kind of plant will need daily attention and care. Children are able to quickly learn that if plants aren’t regularly tended to, they won’t flourish. Over time, they’ll learn that remembering to care for their plants and waiting for them to bloom will require responsibility and patience. Moreover, they’ll learn to have a broader perspective, as many plants require different levels and kinds of care, much like the different people they will meet in day-to-day life.

Helps with educational topics

Many parents start their kids on gardening as a way to supplement their school learning. There’s a lot of learning required to understand how plants grow, including understanding types of soil, pH levels, fertilisation, and weather, among other things. You may think that only children interested in science will benefit from this, but even children who are maths, literature, sports, or art lovers are fantastic prospects. Through appreciating the beauty of nature, reading about different flora and fauna, or using it as a way to get active, kids are bound to find something about gardening to enjoy.

Improves their fine motor skills

Besides helping them cognitively, gardening can also improve their fine motor skills, which is very important in early childhood development. A study conducted on preschoolers who were taught to do basic activities like watering, planting, harvesting, and weed-pulling showed that their visual-motor skills were elevated at the end of the testing period. Outside of gardening, good visual-motor skills can influence how children perform in sports, activities of daily living, among others.

Encourages them to start projects

Passion projects can encourage children to explore their creativity and push their limits. At any level of difficulty, gardening is a great passion project to do with your kids. With your guidance, they do the planning themselves, from picking the plants they want to grow to the season they want to work on the project for. For instance, good summertime plants in Australia include herbs like mint and basil, as well as fruits and vegetables such as cucumber, tomato, and zucchini. You can list these down and let your kids choose amongst themselves.

Boosts their health

Lastly, spending time in home gardens has psychological and physical benefits, and some therapeutic value as well. More frequent gardening results in improvements in one’s well-being, stress levels, and physical activity. There’s also unmatched satisfaction when you see that your garden is flourishing thanks to your care. At least two to three times a week is best for your kids to fully enjoy themselves with gardening and its benefits.

Gardening is a healthy, fun, learning activity for children, and it’s a great way for your family to bond too!

Article exclusively for melbflowershow.com.au

Written by Jenny Alicia

103,000 Flower Fanatics Flocked to the 2022 Show!

Over one hundred thousand people converged at Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building last week for the 2022 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, presented by Scotts Osmocote. Marking a significant milestone in the recovery of inner city events, attendance for the five-day festival was comparable to pre-pandemic numbers and exceeded organiser’s expectations.

The past five days have been nothing short of incredible with more than 103,000 passionate plant people celebrating the return of the southern hemisphere’s largest horticultural event for the first time since 2019. After a challenging two years, it was wonderful to see such a strong turn out and so many smiling faces back in the heart of Melbourne. We couldn’t be happier with the result,” said Event Director, Marcus Gale.

Inner Calm by Christian Jenkins Landscape Design

Winning floral and garden displays included Inner Calm, a Balinese-inspired Show Garden by 15-time designer Christian Jenkins, which took out three awards including the City of Melbourne Award of Excellence for Best in Show. Today, More Than Meets The Eye by Warners Nurseries and Robert Boyle was revealed as the winner of the People’s Choice Award as voted by attendees. Fusing six garden aesthetics, the stunning display also received a Gold Show Garden Award alongside Jenkins’ Inner Calm.

More Than Meets The Eye by Warners Nurseries in collaboration with Robert Boyle

Bidding for Dylan Alcott’s accessible Show Garden Tramlines, designed in collaboration with Vivid Design, will remain open until 8pm on Thursday 7th April via this link here. Valued at more than $120,000, Mark Browning Landscape Design will redesign the award-winning display in its new home with 100% of proceeds going to the Dylan Alcott Foundation.

Thanks to the generous support of Visit Victoria, this year boasted one of the Show’s biggest programs to date with the first-ever Celebrity Show Garden by Alcott and Vivid Design, and young gun entrepreneur Morgan Hipworth reimagining the High Tea offering. From 4:30pm Wednesday until Saturday, the all-new Autumn Night Garden transformed the Melbourne Museum Forecourt with food trucks and free live performances from over 20 Melbourne-based musicians.

The Autumn Night Garden

Award-winning floral designs, hands-on workshops, celebrity garden talks and a giant floral covered carousel took over the heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building alongside the first-ever Scotts Osmocote Indoor Plant Zone, celebrating the rise of plants in the home.

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2022 SHOW WINNERS REVEALED

Australia’s most coveted floral and garden awards were announced this morning at the 2022 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show presented by Scotts Osmocote. Marking the launch of the southern hemisphere’s largest garden and floral event, the winning displays will be showcased for the next five days at Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building.

The title of most outstanding exhibit was bestowed to the City of Melbourne Award of Excellence for Best in Show toInner Calm, designed by Christian Jenkins Landscape Design.

Inner Calm by Christian Jenkins Landscape Design

Jenkins was again recognised for his work on Inner Calm, a tropical sanctuary with Balinese influences, with the coveted Gold Show Garden Award. In tied first position for Gold Show Garden was More Than Meets The Eye –a fusion of six outdoor aesthetics, including a parkland, shaded urban woodland and edible garden – designed by Warners Nurseries in collaboration with Robert Boyle.

More Than Meets The Eye was celebrated again for the best use of plant life in a garden with the Horticultural Media Association (HMA) Award.

The recipient of the Silver Gilt Show Gardenwas Mark Browning Landscape Design for AUD, while Silver Show Gardenmedalists included Steve Day – Tree & Shrub Growers VIC sponsored by Mirvac for Resilience, Vivid Design for Apertura, and Vivid Design and champion wheelchair tennis player, Dylan Alcott, for the first ever Celebrity Show Garden, Tramlines.

The first place for the Landscaping Victoria Boutique Gardens Award went to Elementsdesigned by Alison Douglas Design, second place was awarded to Invidia Landscapes – Renee Reiter for An Intimate Garden, and akas landscape architecture nabbed third place for Coming Soon. Budding designer Chin Liew was recognised for her garden ingenuity in Moving Forces with the Emergent Gardens Award Of Excellence.

Moss Industry Design, Collectors Corner / Garden World and Floral Architecture all received a Gold Display Award for their stunning floral installations.

Collectors Corner | Garden World

The Mark Bence Construction Award, which recognises excellence in construction, was presented to AUD by Mark Browning Landscape Design.

The Award of Excellence for the Avenue of Achievable Gardens went to Emma Powell of Melbourne Polytechnic for Reframe.

Event Director, Marcus Gale commented that the calibre of exhibitions this year was second to none, with some winning displays three years in the making.

“We are floored by the level of skill, imagination and creativity presented across all garden and floral categories this year. Many designers have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to turn creations that captivated their imagination during lockdown into a reality, so it’s a thrill to see them all come to fruition. Championing themes from sustainability to accessibility and inclusivity, they need to be seen to be believed,” continued Gale.

“This year, it was extra special to engage 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott to present the first Celebrity Show Garden in collaboration Vivid Design thanks to the generous support of Visit Victoria,” said Gale.

‘Tramlines’ by Dylan Alcott and Vivid Design

Running until Sunday 3rd April, the 2022 Show boasts its biggest program to date with the Autumn Night Garden, an all-new free entertainment precinct, transforming the Melbourne Museum Forecourt with sprawling light displays, food trucks, and free live performances from over 20 Melbourne-based musicians, from 4:30pm until 9:30pm, Wednesday 30th March until Saturday 2nd April.

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden presented by Scotts Osmocote runs until Sunday 3rd April.

Tickets are still available here

FULL LIST OF 2022 AWARD WINNERS BELOW:

CITY OF MELBOURNE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR BEST IN SHOW

Inner Calm designed by Christian Jenkins Landscape Design

GOLD SHOW GARDEN

More Than Meets The Eye designed by Warners Nurseries in collaboration with Robert Boyle

Inner Calm designed by Christian Jenkins Landscape Design

SILVER GILT SHOW GARDEN

AUD designed by Mark Browning Landscape Design

SILVER SHOW GARDEN

Resilience designed by Steve Day – Tree & Shrub Growers VIC sponsored by Mirvac

Tramlines designed by Dylan Alcott and Vivid Design

Apertura designed by Vivid Design

BRONZE SHOW GARDEN

Through The Lens designed by Budling Design

Granum Florere designed by Inge Jabara Landscapes

HORTICULTURAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION (HMA) AWARD FOR BEST USE OF PLANT LIFE

More Than Meets The Eye designed by Warners Nurseries in collaboration with Robert Boyle

MARK BENCE CONSTRUCTION AWARD

AUD designed by Mark Browning Landscape Design

INNOVATIVE DESIGN AWARD PRESENTED BY PEUGEOT

Inner Calm designed by Christian Jenkins Landscape Design

LANDSCAPING VICTORIA BOUTIQUE GARDEN AWARD

1st Place – Elementsdesigned by Alison Douglas Design

2nd Place – An Intimate Garden designed by Invidia Landscapes – Renee Reiter

3rd Place – Coming Soon designed by akas landscape architecture

RYMAN HEALTHCARE BALCONY GARDEN AWARD

1st Place – Eco Apartment Living designed by Sara Correia at Tempest Landscapes

2nd Place – A Cool Change designed by Carrie Middleditch for Happy Place

3rd Place – A Plant Obsession designed by Kep Horticulture

THE AVENUE OF ACHIEVABLE GARDENS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Reframe designed by Emma Powell of Melbourne Polytechnic

EMERGENT GARDENS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Moving Forces designed by Chin Liew

VISUAL DISPLAY

GOLD VISUALDISPLAY

Moss Industry Design

Collectors Corner / Garden World

Floral Architecture

SILVER VISUAL DISPLAY

Lynne Dallas

Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter

‘Its My World’ Brett Ould and Rick Lansdown

BRONZE VISUALDISPLAY

Flowers by Nici Thompson

Melbourne Flower School

FLORAL DESIGN

GOLD FLORAL DESIGN

AAFD Australian Association of Floral Design

SILVER FLORAL DESIGN

Holmesglen

BRONZE FLORAL DESIGN

Box Hill Institute

SHOP WINDOW FLORAL DESIGN COMPETITION

1st Place – Lani Reardon

2nd Place – Sarah Wilson 

3rd Place – Isabella Liccardi

2022 Main Stage Schedule Now Live!

Nestled within the Great Hall of Flowers, the Main Stage is programmed with free seminars from an extensive line-up of floral artists, gardening experts and celebrity landscapers.

Glean insights into a range of horticultural topics, as well as live demonstrations and floral competitions from industry leaders.

Why are there fruit flavours in my wine?

If wine is made from crushed grapes, where do all those other flavours come from?

Was that peach you got a hint of in your Chardonnay last night? Or perhaps it was raspberry notes in your Grenache? When we’re drinking our favourite drops, there are all kinds of things we can smell and taste, but how can that be if they are not actually in the wine?

As you probably already know, traditional wines are made from grapes. Many different grape varieties are grown for wine, and the particular varieties used give the wine its colour, aromas and flavours. But when we do a tasting or read the back label, so many other flavours and aromas are described, like certain fruits and flowers for instance. So one might ask, where do all those other flavours come from? Let’s dive in and find out!

After grapes are harvested, they go through a fermentation process, transforming them into the delicious wine you enjoy. During fermentation, chemical compounds called esters are created, these are organic acids that occur naturally in wine. These esters are identical to the ones found in other fruits and foods, so they are very familiar to us.

Esters often impart the ‘fruity’ characters into wines, so you might detect dark berry flavours or cherry in your red wine, or citrus, pineapple and other tropical fruits in your white wine. Additional esters can come from oak barrels – think flavours like spice, caramel and vanilla – as well as through the wine ageing process.

But esters are just one part of the flavour and aroma of wine. Wine is an organic substance, so there are many other chemical compounds, environmental factors, and other substances which combine to create the smells and tastes that you experience in your favourite drops.

Our personal experience also plays a part in how we might describe a wine, because the flavours and aromas we detect are naturally linked to certain smells and tastes that we are personally familiar with. So, an avid gardener, for example, might pinpoint specific florals like jasmine or honey blossom in their glass of white, while the not-so-green-thumbed novice may just smell or taste a general floral scent. Similarly, someone who has grown up in a household with spice-based meals might pick up a hint of five spice in their Pinot Noir, while someone less familiar with spicy food can’t specify that ‘spicy’ flavour they’re experiencing.

As our wine knowledge develops, our appreciation grows, so there are many benefits to talking about wines in these ways. Detecting familiar flavours in our favourite wines can be an enjoyable and memorable experience. Next time you pour a glass, have a bit of fun and see what flavours you recognise before you check the label!

VISIT THE WINE GARDEN
If you want to learn more about the flavours and aromas of the garden in Australian wine varietals, come along to the FREE Wine Selectors Wine Garden masterclasses at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show to taste with our experts. Take in the aromas of Sparkling and Rosé, or uncover the flavours of Chardonnay and Shiraz from Australia’s diverse wine regions. Take your wine knowledge up a notch in these fun and interactive tasting sessions. Sessions start every hour on the hour, but seats are limited. Duration 30 minutes.

Crazy Plant Parents of the Week!

Only three weeks to go until the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show presented by Scotts Osmocote hits the Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens!

To celebrate the ‘plant mania’ heading our way, we’re sharing our favourite Crazy Plant Parents of the Week!

First up we have Julie, this week’s winner of our Scotts Osmocote Plant Care Pack, who believes you can never have enough plants, just more shelves!

She says, it’s not just the buying a new plant and looking after it process that she enjoys – over the past few years she’s been hooked on propagating, and experimenting with which plants can be propagated and in what ways. “It’s not only extremely rewarding but it always gives me the chance to get other people addicted to indoor plants! So far I’ve managed to successfully convert 6 friends, and am hoping for more this year!” Julie tells us.

Julie’s favourite plant is her Oxalis Triangularis – she admits to killing this plant so many times, but each time it comes back to life!

You can never have enough plants, just more shelves!

– Julie Tran, proud parent of 29 plants

Rog tells us that looking and talking to his plants is a type of meditation for him. “It is my zen zone, no matter how busy the day has been or how locked down our city is, knowing I can go and look at them and soak in the joy of being in their presence is my go to ritual” he says. Rog has a soft spot for his red cherry tomatoes and Thai pink egg tomatoes.

“It’s been a labour of love – raised from seed to seedling to almost looking like it wasn’t going to make it to now getting some baby Thai pink egg tomatoes and 5 bigger Red Cherry tomatoes” he continues.

It is my zen zone, no matter how busy the day has been or how locked down our city is, knowing I can go and look at them and soak in the joy of being in their presence is my go to ritual.

– Rog W, proud parent of 12 plants

Kylie can’t choose her favourite plant, there’s two! Her Varigated Monstera Borsigiana as well as her Tradescantia Nanouk, both grown from the smallest little stump cuttings.

She believes music is the answer, and has created a growing playlist to help her little babies bask under the grow lights.

Well my husband often tells me I’m a little bit too into my indoor plants as I created them there very own growing play list on Spotify….. they seem to enjoy it the classical music while they bask under my grow lights

– Kylie Rogers, proud parent of 50 plants

CAN YOU RELATE?

Thanks to Scotts Osmocote, we’re on the hunt to find the most passionate, crazy, committed plant parents in Australia and are giving away Scotts Osmocote Plant Kits each week to do so!

Our unrivaled plant parent will WIN the Ultimate Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show presented by Scotts Osmocote Experience, including flights, accommodation and a double pass to see the Show!

Simply fill out the form below to be in the running to win!

Are you Australia's Craziest Plant Parent?

Name(Required)

IS THAT FRESHLY CUT GRASS IN MY WINE?

What’s that smell…?

If you’ve ever detected garden-like aromas in your wine, you’re not imagining things. From delightful floral bouquets to fruity scents, distinctive spice notes, and even freshly cut grass, wines contain aromas that are very familiar and recognisable to us.

But those aromas aren’t the result of winemakers adding to the wine – wines don’t actually contain flowers, grass or fruit (except for grapes, obviously). You see, each wine has layers of aromas influenced by the grape variety or varieties used, the winemaking methods and the ageing process.

Each grape variety has a signature aroma, known as a primary aroma. For example, Chardonnay has stonefruit and melon notes, and Riesling is known to smell of limes, apple and jasmine.

Secondary aromas relate to how the wine has been made. Toasted wood and vanilla from oak barrels, stalk notes from fermentation or yeast notes from aging on lees in Sparkling wine; these are all secondary aromas.

Tertiary aromas reveal themselves in aged wine. Notes such as earth, leather and cedar appear in red wines. Honey, hay and citrus curd appear in aged whites.

What aromas from the garden might I find in my wine?

White wines regularly display floral, citrus and tropical fruit aromas, as well as some herb and spice notes. You might detect the heady scent of honeysuckle in your Marsanne, peach and melon aromas in your Chardonnay, or the zesty freshness of pear, apple and lemon in your Pinot G. And that freshly cut grass scent? Well, that’s a common aroma found in Sauvignon Blanc. The grassiness comes from a chemical compound called aldehydes, which is found in both grass and wine. These green notes can be quite lovely and refreshing.

When you lift a glass of red to your nose you might detect aromas of red and black fruits, herbs, pepper, and even woody notes. Cherry aromas are common in Pinot Noir and Tempranillo, while Merlot regularly has dry herb and raspberry notes, and your Shiraz, plum, spice and blackberry.

The bonus of our wines containing all of these amazing aromas is that it makes them perfect to pair with delicious, well-matching foods. Whether it’s oysters with your Riesling, seafood with your Semillon, or lamb with your Cabernet, you’re sure to find a match that excites the senses.

VISIT THE WINE GARDEN

Come along to the FREE Wine Selectors Wine Garden masterclasses at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show to taste and learn all about the flavours and aromas of the garden in Australian wine varietals. Take in the aromas of Sparkling and Rosé, or uncover the flavours of Chardonnay and Shiraz from Australia’s diverse wine regions. Take your wine knowledge up a notch in these fun and interactive tasting sessions. Masterclass sessions start every hour on the hour, but seats are limited. Duration 30 minutes.

Are You Australia’s Craziest Plant Parent?

WE’RE TEAMING UP WITH SCOTTS OSMOCOTE TO FIND OUT WHO THE MOST PASSIONATE PLANT OWNERS IN AUSTRALIA ARE.

COULD IT BE YOU?

Aussies are buying more plants than ever… and it looks like this trend is here to stay with a vast majority of us living in large cities with small spaces, yet still desiring to be surrounded by nature.

The house plant hobby is uniquely compulsive, time-consuming and incredibly fulfilling. We’re sure many urban jungle gardeners would say that there isn’t any greater joy for plant parents than watching a tiny twig propagate into a fully grown plant.

It’s a well-known fact in crazy plant person circles that once you get one plant, you genuinely won’t be able to stop. Your collection will slowly grow and you will soon have lots of little plant babies to tend (and they really are your babies).

CAN YOU RELATE?

Is your fiddle leaf fig not just a mere plant, but part of the family? Every leaf, every flower, every twig is cherished?

Do you love to invest in buying new plants every month… and with every new plant, comes new plant care tools and accessories, new pots, new holder and what not?

Do you lose track of time and realise you’ve spent hours watching gardening tips and hacks on YouTube?

IF YOU ARE HOOKED AND PROUD, WE HAVE JUST THE COMPETITION FOR YOU!

Thanks to Scotts Osmocote, we’re on the hunt to find the most passionate, crazy, committed plant parents in Australia and are giving away Scotts Osmocote Plant Kits each week to do so!

Our unrivaled plant parent will WIN the Ultimate Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show presented by Scotts Osmocote Experience, including flights, accommodation and a double pass to see the Show!

Simply fill out the form below to be in the running to win!

Are you Australia's Craziest Plant Parent?

Name(Required)

MAJOR EXPANSION OF OUR 2022 PROGRAM

The southern hemisphere’s largest horticultural event, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, presented by Scotts Osmocote, is thrilled to announce the expansion of its already jam-packed 2022 program. As part of a new partnership with Visit Victoria, the extended offering will introduce the first-ever Celebrity Show Garden, an all-new entertainment precinct and a revamped, star-studded High Tea menu.

Making his Show debut, 2022 Australian of the Year, champion wheelchair tennis player and disability advocate Dylan Alcott will create the first-of-its-kind Celebrity Show Garden, called ‘Tramlines’, in collaboration with Carolyn and Joby Blackman of Vivid Design. Fully accessible, the display will incorporate plants and shrubs from Warners Nurseries and trees from Established Tree Transplanters. Show veterans Semken Landscaping will lead the building process with construction support from Kevin Heinze Grow, an equal opportunity employer and unique nursery that provides horticultural therapy programs, educational traineeships, and jobs for young people with disabilities.

‘Tramlines’ will be auctioned at the event and redesigned in its new home by Mark Browning Landscape Design, making the garden a true collaboration between Dylan and past winners of the coveted festival. All proceeds of the garden’s sale will go directly to the Dylan Alcott Foundation.

I’m really excited to be involved in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show because me and my family are all fans. To be involved in not only the design process but the activation of a fully accessible garden at the Show is something that’s really special to me. Gardens are often built and the accessibility is an afterthought and it’s hard to retrofit, so the fact that it’s been considered from the very beginning is really cool,” said Dylan Alcott of his first Show Garden design.

I love so many elements of the garden, particularly the totem tennis, because that is how I learned many of my tennis skills, and the pathing, which is all to do with universal design. The connection with the Dylan Alcott Foundation is also really special as the sale of this garden will help young Australians with disabilities achieve their dreams. I can’t wait to be there,” Dylan continued.

Established as an extension of the Show, the brand-new Autumn Night Garden will see the Royal Exhibition Building forecourt transformed with sprawling garden and lighting displays, and live performances from over 20 Melbourne-based musicians, from 4:30pm until 9:30pm, Wednesday 30th March until Saturday 2nd April. Complete with food trucks, a bar and plenty of seating to soak up the surroundings, the precinct will create a free oasis for bystanders and Show patrons alike, each evening.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show back to Carlton Gardens this autumn with a bigger program than ever. This first-time partnership with Visit Victoria has allowed us to expand our offering and celebrate the best of Australia’s horticultural industry in new and exciting ways. From world-class entertainment to gourmet bites and exceptional garden designs, we can’t wait for our visitors to experience the fantastic evolution of our event,” said Marcus Gale, Event Director of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, IMG.

Australian rising star, Morgan Hipworth, of artisan bakehouse Bistro Morgan, will headline the luxurious High Tea feature with his signature culinary delights. In addition to a specially curated menu complete with custom-designed recipes for guests to take home, Hipworth will also present a pop-up Bistro where Show visitors can purchase his renowned treats.

With breathtaking garden and floral displays, hands on workshops, educational talks, roving entertainment, live music, and delicious botanical bites, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is a must-see event this autumn.

Tickets are now on sale at melbfloweshow.com.au

EVENT DETAILS

Location: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show:

Wednesday 30th March            9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday 31st March                 9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday 1st April                          9:00am – 9:00pm

Saturday 2nd April                     9:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday 3rd April                        9:00am – 5:00pm

Autumn Night Garden:

Wednesday 30th March             4:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday 31st March                 4:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday 1st April                          4:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday 2nd April                   4:30pm – 9:30pm

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The Emergent Gardens The Emergent Gardens were introduced to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show in 2019 and set out to support the growth of our younger designers, who […]

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Horticulture Careers Hub
Horticulture Careers Hub

The new Horticulture Careers Hub will host a range of higher education providers and will inspire visitors and prospective students alike to join the thriving horticulture, landscape and design industries, helping […]

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Wedding Floral Showcase
Wedding Floral Showcase

Brides and grooms-to-be will be enthralled by the designs at this year’s Wedding Floral Showcase. Bigger and better than ever, this year’s exhibit will give designers the chance to showcase the latest […]

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The Gallery Precinct
The Gallery Precinct

The Gallery Precinct is the ultimate shopping destination of the show where visitors can pick up some beautiful gifts whilst admiring our art exhibition & enjoying the delights of the […]

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The Welcome Garden
The Welcome Garden

The Welcome Garden is a place for visitors to relax and recline, plan their day at the show and participate in the various talks from top designers and growers, as […]

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Shop Window Floral Design Competition
Shop Window Floral Design Competition

Shop windows created by florists, designers, stylists, floristry students and flower enthusiasts.

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The Diggers Club
The Diggers Club

Visit the edible garden arena, heirloom tasting station, and learn about vegetable and plant varieties not found in supermarkets!

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Main Stage
Main Stage

Glean insights into a range of horticultural topics, as well as live demonstrations and floral competitions

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High Tea
High Tea

Enjoy the luxury of The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show’s High Tea

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Landscape Advisory Centre
Landscape Advisory Centre

Free advice from qualified & accredited professionals

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RMIT Floral Fashion
RMIT Floral Fashion

Flora meets Fashion

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Gardens by Twilight
Gardens by Twilight

Experience the Show in a whole new light

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Retail Exhibitors
Retail Exhibitors

Innovative Retail Product Showcase

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Student Competitions
Student Competitions

Experience the skill, imagination and creativity

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Entertainment
Entertainment

Something for everyone

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Art Exhibition
Art Exhibition

Meet the artists

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Sculpture Exhibition
Sculpture Exhibition

Art for your garden

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Workshops
Workshops

Get hands-on with the Masters

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Great Hall of Flowers
Great Hall of Flowers

Market Fresh Blooms

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Boutique Gardens
Boutique Gardens

Sophisticated designs in a smaller setting

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Achievable Gardens
Achievable Gardens

Inspiration for every home

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Landscape Design Show Gardens
Landscape Design Show Gardens

Stunning gardens by local & international designers

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