20th March - 24th March 2024


Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria


Vote for your favourite Scarecrow:(Required)

Achievable Gardens  

In its 16th year, the Achievable Gardens design competition offers students and educational institutions the opportunity to showcase their design skills and horticultural knowledge, promote achievable gardening and encourage the use of high-quality plants in the landscape.

It’s a great learning experience for students, allowing them to go through the process from concept design and project coordination to construction of the show garden. There is no public event that gives students a better introduction to working in the horticultural industry.

The Melbourne Flower and Garden Show’s Home Grown Patch 

Enter into an abundant and productive garden, the ultimate Home Grown Patch. Share the journey of where food comes from, and the delight and satisfaction gardeners experience growing their food in a vibrant display of summer vegetable crops and their fragrant and flowering companion plants. This learning patch will encourage children and parents alike to grow food gardens from home, in the community and at our schools through an inviting garden of beautiful and productive plants.

Grow your future: Careers hub  

Explore how you can grow your future with a career in horticulture. ‘Grow your future’ showcases the innovation and technology in the horticultural industry in partnership with educational and training organisations and leaders in industry technology, Power Plants. Transform your passion for plants into a rewarding and innovative vocation. 

Bug and Bloom Garden (Kid’s Zone)  – brought to your by the Victorian Schools Garden Program

Celebrating the biodiverse world of mini-beasts and pollinating bees. Biodiversity has a direct impact on the world of beneficial insects and bees. Learn more about this microcosm and the fascinating mini-beasts who inhabit it. Get your young green thumbs growing and explore the vital role of bees for food through an immersive pollinator garden. Perfect for schools and young families.

Reuse and recycle: Sustainable Scarecrow Competition  

Bring young minds together to build a Sustainable Scarecrow to ward off critters in the Home Grown Patch at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2023.

Scarecrows and other deterrents have long been used in the plant world to ward off unwanted animals from crops as a natural pest control. Demonstrate sustainability, innovation and applied design with S.T.E.M by using reused and recycled materials.

The Sustainable Scarecrows will be showcased in the middle of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, sharing and inspiring the possibility of recycling and reusing for the community.

Kitchen garden prizes for the Best Use of Recycled Materials:

1st – $1,200+ worth of nursery voucher and garden products
2nd – $750+ worth of nursery voucher and garden products
3rd – $500+ worth of nursery voucher and garden products
Public Choice – On site garden consultation with professional designer including garden products (Shapescaper steel garden planters, Quality Plants & Seedlings seedling package, $250 voucher from Warners Nurseries), value of $1,200+.

Please read the Sustainable Scarecrow Competition School Brief for detailed information on entry process.

Summary of Entry Process

Step 1 – Express your interest to enter  https://app.sli.do/event/h4gmsRKMR2K64i3tGa7L2Z/embed/polls/c81ee291-feea-4b09-a734-2fb27f89c523 (help gage number of scarecrows being received)

Step 2 – Register your scarecrows entry https://app.sli.do/event/v9bQjJgz4KoFe7sfpeGrTC/embed/polls/24d01156-ec3a-46dc-b7d1-7e937c2fc455– by Friday 17th March (confirms your entry into competition)

Step 3 – Delivery your scarecrow to the show – Thursday 23rd or Friday 24th March 2023.  See brief for details.

Step 4 – Collect your scarecrow – Monday 3rd or Tuesday 4 April 2023

If you have any questions, email vsgp@ngiv.com.au or phone the VSGP office on 9567 0599.

Sustainable Scarecrows Design Brief

Scarecrows to be made entirely from repurposed, recycled and reused materials. Scarecrows will be outside in all elements and must be mounted on a main pole.

If you are ready to register the attendance of your school, please formally register your interest in attendance by completing the schools registration form below. Please note we have a capped number of attendees for the schools program so we encourage you to register at your earliest convenience.

If you would like more information sent to your school email vsgp@ngiv.com.au with any enquiries.


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