Words by Lynne Dallas
We’ve all heard the term show stopper before, something spectacular that stops you in your tracks and, without a doubt, this years Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) was packed full of them. Set in the incredibly beautiful Carlton gardens and the breathtaking Royal Exhibition Building this remarkable event runs over 5 days, showcasing the very best in garden and floral design.
The floristry and visual floral display exhibits were outstanding and really showcased the incredible talent we have in Australia. The bar is raised year on year with this show with high profile florists taking part. Student competitions were packed with entries and talking to the judges afterwards, they said they had the toughest job this year, working late into the night to judge all of the entries, which were of a very high standard.
The winning Floristry exhibit was breathtaking, Pinkie Promise from Melbourne crafted themost stunning design based around The Pantone Colour of the Year - Living Coral. An underwater like design using a rich coral and turquoise colour palette and bringing in elements such as stones, corals and succulents with phalaenopsis orchids and luscious roses all sat on white metal stands against a delicately printed coral scape backdrop.
My design - titled 'Trash Art', silver medal winner, featuring painted trash lots of beautiful roses and even a painted shopping trolly!
If there was a stand out theme this year it was definitely painted, bleached dried and dyed materials and beautiful blocked colour.
Flowers Vasette’s stunning floating display featuring black painted foliage and fabulous Phalaenopsis orchids.
The Paper Doll Factory - Eye of dried materials
Matthew Landers - Silver Gilt award featuring bleached, dried palm leaves
Competition piece - Baptcare Window display
Apart from amazing floral and garden design there is - interior design displays, Ikebana , art exhibitions, afternoon teas, floral workshops, unique retail stands, music, great food, the stunning gardens by night, and even a Proseco vans!
So if you’ve never been to the show maybe 2020 is your time and it is set to be the best show yet, being the 25th Anniversary of MIFGS there are many exciting things in store!