What’s on in 2019
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!