Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2020

The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is celebrating 25 years, with hundreds of striking floral and garden features from a lineup of some of the greatest landscape and floral designers in Australia and abroad. Across five-days, the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens will come to life with floral installations, immersive workshops, show gardens and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy.

The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show runs from 25–29 March 2020.

** The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show has been cancelled due to COVID-19 **

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Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
Image: Royal Exhibition Building Great Hall

There’s an impressive lineup of family-friendly activities at this year’s show including kids yoga, clay workshops, flower crown making, free face painting, Guide Dog puppies and life-size Jenga. Kids under the age of 14 years are FREE.

“AFTER 25 YEARS THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW CONTINUES TO ATTRACT THE BEST FLORAL AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN TALENT, LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY, TO CREATE TRULY EXCEPTIONAL SHOW GARDENS AND FLORAL FEATURE DISPLAYS. THIS YEAR’S EVENT WILL BE UNPARALLELED IN TERMS OF ITS SCALE AND IMAGINATION. IF EVER THERE’S A YEAR TO COME, THIS IS IT.”

MARCUS GALE

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW EVENT DIRECTOR

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Image: Backyard Designs

Recognising the benefits of nature on children’s mental and physical wellbeing, the Beyond Blue Charity Garden will offer an exciting program of interactive activities across the weekend including morning Thai Chi lessons, mindfulness and indigenous bush tucker sessions as well as kiddie yoga classes in the afternoon. Mini Monets can put paintbrush to paper inside the art marquee, with family drawing, colouring, writing and the chance to contribute their works to a Butterfly Tree Wall.

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Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
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Giant Snakes and Ladders, Jenga and football target games will tame high-energy tykes, while those in need of recharge can relax on giant beanbags inside the ‘chillout zone’. Families can capture the day’s memories at the Beyond Blue photo booth and every child who visits the Charity Garden will receive a special goodie bag to take home.

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Aspiring princes and princesses can make royalty a reality at flower hair clip workshops hosted by Chrysco Flowers. Funky Monkey Bars will provide hours of fun on their swingin’ pop-up playground and curious minds can take a deeper look inside the wonderful world of insects by putting mini beasts under the microscope at the Bee Inspired Learning Centre by the Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV). Inside, little ones will learn the ins and outs of bee-keeping and the important role pollinators play in keeping our environment flourishing.

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Image: Arts & Sculpture Precinct

The newly revamped Arts & Sculpture Precinct and the Original Art Exhibition will play host to more than 300 artists representing their craft. Kids can embrace the mess of free clay workshops, hosted by ceramic expert and sculptor Jude Bridges-Tull, at the Art & Sculpture Precinct on Saturday 28 March. Jude will guide kids through joining, balancing, and decorating clay surfaces to create mini vessels.

Guide Dogs Victoria will engage the senses of all ages and abilities at their tactile garden. Kids can discover how different surfaces can be used to guide people safely through unfamiliar spaces and interact with offduty Guide Dogs and training puppies on site.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Little green thumbs will delight at a sprawling garden of heirloom fruits, vegetables and edibles flowers at The Diggers Club. Complimentary cooking demonstrations, tastings and gardening talks will be available for the whole family as part of their daily-changing education program.

Driving the Show’s mission to educate visitors about the importance of creating a more sustainable future, the interactive Sustainability Space will teach kids about healthy waste habits and creative ways of reusing and recycling materials around the home and in the backyard.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
Image: RMIT Floral Fashion competition

Each year, the RMIT Floral Fashion competition sees budding designers blossom into floral couture artists as part of their curriculum. Third-year RMIT Fashion Design students are given a theme to inspire amazing and creative plant-based designs, and explore the exhibition as a mode for contemporary fashion enterprise. These creations will be displayed in the Great Hall of Flowers across the five days of the Show.

Aspiring landscapers can check out the Avenue of Achievable Gardens designed by horticultural and design students, with teachers from some of Victoria’s leading universities and TAFE’s at the nearby Horticulture Careers Hub; offering free information to prospective students on a wide range of courses and advice on navigating the thriving horticulture, landscape and design industries.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
Image: Gardens by Twilight

The highly anticipated Gardens by Twilight will be on Friday 27 March. Adults can enjoy an evening of gourmet food and drinks from several distinguished outlets including pop-up wine bars, beer gardens and Prosecco vans, as they explore everything the Show has to offer in the fading sunlight. triple j Unearthed artist, Harrison Storm, will headline the evening’s live entertainment program with a captivating performance under the stars.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Date: Wednesday 25–Sunday 29 March 2020
Time: 9 am–5 pm daily
Gardens by Twilight – Friday 27 March 2020 until 9 pm
Location: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, Melbourne
Price: Adult $31.42, Concession $27.23, Kids under the age of 14 years are free and do not require a ticket for entry. Multi-Day tickets are available.
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** The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show giveaway has been cancelled due to COVID-19 **

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