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Family fun at the 2023 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, presented by Scotts Osmocote is back in 2023, and it’s welcoming all garden-loving families, curious kids and city-goers for another year of horticultural magic.

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show will run from 29 March 2023 until 2 April 2023. 

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Family fun at the 2023 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
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Situated in the magnificent Carlton Gardens and inside the Royal Exhibition Building, the show welcomes garden lovers of all ages with an exciting line-up of activities for budding green thumbs.

Family fun at the 2023 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
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From giant Snakes and Ladders to life-size Jenga, and football target games, the Beyond Blue Charity Zone will provide endless fun for active feet. Those looking to take some time out and soak up their surroundings can get involved in daily gratitude and connection sessions by Wayapa Wuurrk, seed planting classes by Ceres, and draw and write to their heart’s content with free colouring worksheets.

Green thumbs will be spoiled for choice with 15-minute planter workshops at the Scotts Osmocote marquee and daily ‘bulb lasagna’ sessions at the Welcome Garden. All new Kids Bingo will offer little adventurers the chance to explore the event’s treasures with nine items to discover and stamp prizes for every completed card!

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Family fun at the 2023 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
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Celebrating the biodiverse world of mini-beasts and pollinating bees, the Bug and Bloom Garden, presented by the Victorian Schools Garden Program, will allow little ones to discover the importance of insects with an immersive pollinator garden. Visitors can also get their hands dirty with potting sessions for edible plants which they can take home to nurture, grow, and enjoy.

The all new Home Grown Patch, presented by the Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria, will be bursting with vibrant veggies, fragrant flowers and lush greenery, providing the ultimate opportunity for families and schools to learn how to grow their own produce. The Patch will also showcase the creativity of a selection of Victorian students with the first Sustainable Scarecrow Competition.

Family fun at the 2023 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
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Fascinating creepy crawly displays will be hosted by the Urban Plant Health Network alongside free educational advice on the good and bad bugs to look out for in suburban backyards. School kids and teachers can also submit their best insect photos into the draw to win pet spiny leaf insects and an enclosure for their classrooms!

A cardboard cubby house made by Solar Victoria, complete with solar panels, a solar battery and hot water system, will delight eco lovers alongside a peek inside a beehive with the Wheen Bee Foundation.

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EVENT DETAILS

Date & time:
Wednesday 29th March 2023, 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday 30th March 2023, 9 am – 5 pm
Friday 31st April 2023 (Gardens by Twilight) 9 am – 9 pm
Saturday 1st April 2023, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday 2nd April 2023, 9 am – 5 pm
Location: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
Price: 
Children aged 3 to 15 years are eligible for $5 entry and kids aged 2 and under are FREE. Adult $37 – $40, Conc $31 – $34

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We try our best to provide accurate information on kid-friendly events around Victoria but do recommend parents check details directly to confirm dates, times, prices as some details may be subject to change.

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