What’s on in 2019

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Winning Designs -

As well as the re­turn of old favourites, there will be big changes at this year’s five-day MIFGS, now in its 24th year.

New this year will be a plant in­stal­la­tion in­spired by Char­lie and the Chocolate Fac­tory and a gar­den emerg­ing from an over­grown palace.

Af­ter de­but­ing last year, the spec­tac­u­lar Wel­come Gar­den is com­ing back in a new in­car­na­tion, sponsored by Porta (porta.com.au). The Av­enue of Achiev­able Gar­dens and the ‘boule­vard’ of bou­tique gar­dens also re­turn.

Lit­tle green thumbs will be en­cour­aged with an ed­u­ca­tional chil­dren’s zone, where they can pot their own plants and power away on a bi­cy­cle in­stal­la­tion to gen­er­ate a wa­ter sup­ply.

The pop­u­lar Floral De­sign Work­shops will give you the chance to cre­ate your own mas­ter­piece and take it home. Ja­panese ike­bana mas­ter Nao­hiro Ka­suya of Tokyo’s Ike­bana Floristry School will demon­strate why this an­cient art still flour­ishes to­day. Young peo­ple can show off their tal­ents in the RMIT Floral De­sign Com­pe­ti­tion by de­sign­ing high fash­ion from flow­ers, fo­liage and other parts of plants.

The down-to-earth Dig­gers Club will build up its cult fol­low­ing with a pump­kin in­stal­la­tion and dis­plays of its heir­loom fruit and vegeta­bles, while The Floral High Tea will serve up flower-in­spired sweet and savoury petit fours.

And be­cause it’s party time in the gar­dens, Fri­day’s fes­tiv­i­ties ex­tend into the evening, so you can view these stun­ning ideas un­der a new light. Don’t miss it!

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