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17 Reasons to Visit the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

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Published March 22nd 2013
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The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) returns for its 18th year. The 2013 edition presented by Jenny Craig which returns as the naming rights sponsor, offer five days of over 200 world-class landscape designs and displays, floral demonstrations and presentations by industry experts and up-and-coming talent of vegetation at the heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.

MIFGS Event Manager, Ben Muldoon, shared that this year's thriving mix of florists, landscapers, growers and suppliers will inspire the inner horticulturalist in visitors. The Show opens with the prestigious and highly coveted Show Garden Design Award series which recognises the best in the landscaping business across various categories. In addition, the Show offers a fun and affordable day out for the whole family with additional activities for the kids, wine tasting for the adults and live cooking demonstrations to whet appetites.

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As the most successful horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere, it is expected that MIGFS will attract more than 110,000 international, national and local visitors. Here are 17 reasons you and your family should not miss this stellar event located at one of the most incredible venues in Melbourne.

Fresh by Jenny Craig, designed by Jason Hodges of Greenart Garden / Photo from Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

* 'Live Life' Centre and Garden - Designed by celebrity landscaper Jason Hodges for Jenny Craig, the interactive 'Live Life' centre and garden showcases special guest speakers like medicial spokesperson, Dr. Andrew Rochford and leading dietician Karen Inge help visitors learn about healthy lifestyle options. It also host delicious cooking demonstrations from a renowned Australian chef Michael Moore and offers complimentary goodies to visitors throughout the day.

Home.Life by the Tree & Shrub Growers Victoria / Photo from Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

* Tree and Shrub Growers Victoria - This MIFGS regular has combined 4 themes reflecting different Australian cultures into one huge display entitled "Home.Life" that's not to be missed.

* The Australian House & Garden - The gold show "Connections" garden, designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture celebrates Neighbour Day with a garden place for people to come together and share experiences and nature.

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* Disney Fairies Children's Garden - The Garden promises hours of amusement for families and kids with with face painting, animal petting zoo, pot-a-plant sessions and art areas.

* Ian Barker - This multiple award winning landscaper returns to MIFGS with his creation of an amazing meadow-style garden which focuses on perennial plantings that are accompanied by a sleek and contemporary entertaining area.

Cube2 designed by Scott Wynd of TLC Design / Photo from Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

* Scott Wynd - This seasoned MIFGS veteran and winner of 2010 Chelsea Flower Show from TLC designs returns to the Show with a minimalistic yet stylish contemporary design with a beautiful feature pool. Look out for his 'Cube2' which is a gold show garden and also the winner of the City of Melbourne Award of Excellence for Best in Show.

* 'ReSurgence' - The 100th anniversary of the death of William Guilfoyle, Director of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne inspired Bay Road Nurseries, Candeo Design and Semken Landscaping to create the 'ReSurgence' silver show garden.

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* Association of Sculptors of Victoria - The Association has organised a Sculpture Garden to line the central garden path with beautiful pieces of garden art and daily live sculpting demonstrations. It will also serve as an open exhibition and sale of garden sculptures priced from a few hundred dollars to several thousands are available.

* 'Ordered Nature' - With designs inspired by European Gardens and in particular provincial French Gardens, MIFGS newcomer, Christopher Gursansky is showcasing an immaculate garden display centred on the idea of using planting to create a tranquil outdoor room.

Photo from Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

* Floral Design Competitions - These live competitions taking place throughout the Show will see floristry students competing against their peers for the top awards.

* Lindeman's Open Garden - This international award-winning Garden returns to the Show for its third year allowing visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of Lindeman's lighter in alcohol Early Harvest Pinot Grigio wine while viewing live cooking demonstrations with celebrity chef Dominique Rizzo and gardening expert, Meredith Kirton.

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* Annual Cubby House Challenge - The Show's official charity partner, Kids Under Cover, will be running its annual Cubby House Challenge to to help raise funds for young people experiencing homelessness. The Show will feature six mini mansions designed, built and decorated by some of the nation's most prominent architects for inspection and then auctioned and raffled off on the last day of the event.

* The Landscaping Victoria Student Design Competition - This year's competition brings up-and-coming landscaping students to create a beautiful garden that is designed for bush fires with the winner going home with a gold medal for his/her interpretation of the given theme.

* 'The Backyard Room' - Award-winning landscaper, Daniel Tyrrell of Daniel Tyrrell Landscapes, returns with his silver show garden featuring an amazing outdoor entertainment space consisting of a bespoke outdoor room surrounded by a lush meadow-style garden.

Photo from Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

* The Fresh Flower Market- The Market enables visitors get expert advice on how to get the best out of their flowers and buy fresh blooms directly from the growers.

* RMIT Floral Fashion Design Competition - This competition draws talented RMIT Fashion Design students to create fashion masterpieces using flowers and foliage according to a designated theme. Their fantastic floral fashion creations will be on display for visitors to enjoy.

Photo from Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

* The Avenue of Achievable Gardens - Students are from NMIT, Swinburne, Holmesglen and Chisholm tasked with the challenge of creating small, stylish and functional gardens that can suit anyone's skill level this year. Visitors are encouraged to take home 'recipe cards' that guide them on how to create the mini landscapes themselves.

With so much to see and do, MIFGS offers a fun and affordable day out for the whole family that's not to be missed. Get your tickets at the entrance.
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Why? There's even more blooms, plants and gardens to keep everyone enthralled at MIFGS
When: 20 March to 24 March
Phone: (03) 9864 1111
Where: Royal Exhibition Building
Cost: Adults: $25.00 / Family (2 adults & 2 children): $55.00 / Concessions: $19.00 - Child (6-16 years): $10.00 - Child (5 and under): Free entry
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Wonderful exhibits. Wear stout flat comfortable shoes & take own food/drink (unless wealthy).
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