Green thumbs of all ages will bee-inspired at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, presented by Scotts Osmocote, as critters and creativity make for the ultimate family day out, 30 March until 3 April 2022.
After spending the past few years building and maintaining friendships through screens and virtual games, children’s mental and physical health has never been more important. This autumn, the Beyond Blue Charity Zone will be the perfect place to reignite little minds with an exciting new program of interactive activities. Each morning, Wayapa Wuurrk will host Indigenous yoga and earth connection sessions alongside Bushfood classes by CERES. Giant snakes and ladders, life-sized Jenga and football target games will provide hours of fun with drawing and colouring activities in the Arts Marquee for mini Monets. Giant beanbags in the ‘chillout zone’ will be the perfect place for parents to recharge before taking home a complimentary goodie bag.
For families looking to get hands on, 15-minute growing workshops will be available at the Scotts Osmocote marquee and budding sports stars can play totem tennis in ‘Tramlines’, a Show Garden co-designed by Dylan Alcott and Vivid Design. Littlies can also learn about veggies of all shapes, sizes and colours of the rainbow at The Diggers Club Urban Farm with a dizzying array of tasty heirloom produce and their iconic pumpkin stack.
If a career change is on the cards for mum and dad, or bigger kids are taking the leap into tertiary education, teachers from some of Victoria’s leading universities and TAFEs will be on hand to provide information on a wide range of courses at the all-new Horticulture Careers Hub. The Achievable Gardens created by landscape design students will also be a haven of backyard inspiration.
Supporting families and children touched by childhood cancer, a creatively adorned cubby house will be on display in the My Room Children’s Cancer Charity Garden. Visitors can purchase a raffle ticket for their chance to win the incredible playhouse and join the My Room team in creating paper flower posies which will be planted throughout the festival.
The Victorian Schools Garden Program will host daily multisensory activities for aspiring horticulturalists. Celebrating the importance of pollinators in the garden, the Bee Inspired area will be a-buzz with interactive experiences and displays. Over in The Sustainability Space, mini minds can learn about healthy waste habits and creative ways of reusing and recycling materials around the home and in the backyard. A sneaky nod to parents to encourage kids to help out at home!