Kids yoga, clay workshops, flower crown making, free face painting, Guide Dog puppies and life-size Jenga will take over Carlton Gardens this March as the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show presented by Lawn Solutions Australia celebrates 25 years with the biggest program to date.
Recognising the benefits of nature on children’s mental and physical wellbeing, the Beyond Blue Charity Garden will offer an exciting program of interactive activities across the weekend including: morning Thai Chi lessons, mindfulness and indigenous bush tucker sessions as well as kiddie yoga classes in the afternoon.
Daily interactive session times:
9.45am – Tai Chi
10.30am – Wayapa earth connection practice
12.30pm – Indigenous Plants & Bush Tucker
2.00pm – Yoga
Mini Monets can put paintbrush to paper inside the arts marquee, with family drawing, colouring, writing and the chance to contribute their works to a Butterfly Tree Wall.
Giant Snakes and Ladders, Jenga and football target games will tame high-energy tykes, while those in need of a recharge can relax on giant beanbags inside the ‘chillout zone’. Families can capture the day’s memories at the Beyond Blue photobooth and every child who visits the Charity Garden will receive a special goodie bag to take home.
Funky Monkey Bars will provide hours of fun on their swingin’ pop-up playground and curious minds can take a deeper look inside the wonderful world of insects by putting mini beasts under the microscope at the Bee Inspired Learning Centre by the Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV). Inside, little ones will learn the ins and outs of bee-keeping and the important role pollinators play in keeping our environment flourishing.
Aspiring princes and princesses can make royalty a reality at flower hair clip workshops hosted by Chrysco Flowers. Tactile tots will embrace the mess of free clay workshops, hosted by ceramic expert and sculptor Jude Bridges-Tull, at the Art & Sculpture Precinct on Saturday 28 March. Jude will guide attendees through joining, balancing, and decorating clay surfaces to create mini vessels.
Guide Dogs Victoria will engage the senses of all ages and abilities at their tactile garden. Kids can discover how different surfaces can be used to guide people safely through unfamiliar spaces and interact with off-duty Guide Dogs and training puppies onsite.
Little green thumbs will delight at a sprawling garden of heirloom fruits, vegetables and edibles flowers at The Diggers Club. Complimentary cooking demonstrations, tastings and gardening talks will be available for the whole family as part of their daily-changing education program.
Driving the Show’s mission to educate visitors about the importance of creating a more sustainable future, the interactive Sustainability Space will teach kids about healthy waste habits and creative ways of reusing and recycling materials around the home and in the backyard.
Aspiring landscapers can check out the Avenue of Achievable Gardens designed by horticultural and design students, with teachers from some of Victoria’s leading universities and TAFE’s at the nearby Horticulture Careers Hub; offering free information to prospective students on a wide range of courses and advice on navigating the thriving horticulture, landscape and design industries.
Adults will be just as busy with a Fresh Flower Market presented by Flowers Victoria, entertainment stages, street art installations, floral workshops, demonstrations with garden experts, alfresco dining experiences, and much more.