Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Melbourne International Flower Show 2017

This wonderful show is the Australian version of the Chelsea Flower Show in England. It is held every year in late March to Early April. We have been before but not for quite a few years, so it was with great anticipation we went. Caught the train to Parliament Station, very early, which was so much easier than trying to park the car in the city. This station has the longest elevator I have ever seen.

Up is easy its the down that is scary.

We walked 10 mins to the show and the first stand I saw was Garden Express with lots of bulb specials, and a company I usually do mail order. They had a large stand so after 1/2 hour of shopping the boys went and got some coffee for us girls.

All areas look like this

The crowd was small when we arrived but soon built up. Lots and lots of small market shops, all to do with gardening.

Amazing Displays

Love these Birdhouses

Pigeon Coops

Interesting Garden Features

Not only lots of stall selling garden objects but also plants.

Tulips, Iris and Lilly bulbs for sale

Wonderful Protea Trees

Many different Heuchera Colours

Hmmmmmm    Will I Won't I

Diggers Stand was very popular

Add captionA wildflower display at Diggers.

Along with all the stalls, competitions are held for display gardens. Both small and large and a great for picking up ideas, especially as they are done in less than your average backyard size.

Dessert Style


Impressive Size


Tropical Style

Another Direction

This is the Royal  Melbourne Exhibition building itself. Built in the 1880, to host an International Exhibition

Still going strong 137 years later.

Lots of Statues for Sale as well.

Nearly Life Size
Very Clever all Wire


These would  look really good for a long driveway
An Idea for those old white Chairs.
Hanging Basket Competition
These flowers were in pots, looked very effective under baskets
Never seen a succulent hanging basket before, quite a few.
Time out Legs were getting Tired.
Competitions are also held for students in floral decorating, from shop windows to dresses and large displays.
Display of all the competition Designer Dresses in Plants Leaves and Flowers.
A Couple of the large Flower arrangements.
Cornucopia
Looked like Birds Nest of all Shapes
So as you can see a very big day and it was a long weary ride home on the train, at peak time. Next time the final leg of out Victorian Holiday.  Stay safe.

1 comment:

  1. Well worth visiting by the look of your photos. I've never been so must go next year. There are some very talented people out there. The Diggers stand looks great and the bird houses.

    Glad you enjoyed and had good weather too.

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