After much anticipation, the world-renowned Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, presented by Scotts Osmocote, will return to the heritage listed Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building.
Running from Wednesday March 30 through to Sunday 3rd April, the coveted festival will unite plant lovers and flower fanatics from all ages with an enchanting collection of never-before-seen floral and landscape designs, educational talks from industry elites, hands-on workshops, and a catalogue of the latest gardening products.
“Over the past two years, many of us have turned to plants to breathe new life into our living spaces. Australia’s horticulture industry has shown incredible resilience and we are thrilled to welcome back a phenomenal line up of designers, artists, brands and businesses to Melbourne in March 2022. We look forward to uniting established and emerging talent with visitors of all ages,” said Event Director, Marcus Gale.
Andrew Martin, General Manager of Scotts Osmocote Asia Pacific, said, “Our team is delighted to become the official presenting partner of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in 2022. With Australians spending more time at home due to the pandemic, many people turned to gardening as a way to escape and connect with nature. We are excited to be able to engage with those who are new to the garden category, as well as reconnect with the more experienced gardeners.”
The crowd favourite Show Gardens will headline the 2022 program with a display of horticultural oases from some of the world’s best landscape designers. Over five days, visitors will be invited to vote for their favourite creation to win the acclaimed People’s Choice Award.
After taking out Gold in the 2019 Show Garden competition, revered landscaping company Candeo will design the Scotts Osmocote Welcome Garden.
The Boutique Gardens will be a haven of inspiration for urban dwellers with designs from the nation’s top architects, landscapers and students. The precinct will also host the inaugural Ryman Healthcare Balcony Garden Competition, celebrating the changing nature of the Australian backyard.
Over in the Achievable Gardens display, budding horticulturalists will showcase a series of approachable gardening solutions using quality materials. Previous graduates will also return to exhibit new works in the first-ever Emergent Gardens.
Transporting guests to heirloom heaven, the Diggers Club Urban Farm will join forces with Melbourne Skyfarm to present a sustainable installation playing on the theme ‘What’s Old is New’. The concept will showcase heirloom vegetable and flower varieties grown in an ultra-efficient and productive urban farm set-up.
As part of the design, the Digger’s will also reprise their signature pumpkin display. The team will also host daily workshops, teaching guests how to sow seeds of their own.
Inside, the Royal Exhibition Building will be transformed into a floral paradise. Visitors will experience award-winning floral displays, a dedicated wedding showcase, floral fashions by RMIT students, floral-inspired High Tea and have the opportunity to purchase their own blooms at the Flowers Victoria Flower Market.
Dressed in blossoming botanicals, the main stage will also host free daily seminars and live demonstrations from an extensive line-up of floral artists, gardening experts and celebrity landscapers.
More than 200 of Australia’s best artists will exhibit their latest collections on the mezzanine level of the Royal Exhibition Building and throughout a selection of outdoor spaces as part of the revamped Arts and Sculpture Precinct.
From 6pm through 9pm on Friday April 1, Carlton Gardens will transform into a twinkling paradise for the Gardens by Twilight display. Accompanied by the dulcet tones of emerging Melbourne musicians, city goers can experience the show under a whole new light.
Demonstrating the show’s increased commitment to sustainability, the new Sustainability Space will play host to the festival’s sustainability partners, Bio Gro and Closed Loop. Helping to reduce the event’s environmental impact, organisers aim to divert more than 60 per cent of waste from landfill in 2022.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit: melbflowershow.com.au