The 2016 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show continued to live until the reputation that continues it as the largest flower and garden show in Australia. I had the pleasure of attending as a guest of Koch & Co and as a florist with my own organization. I had been motivated by the gifted exhibitors and impressed by the way in which the industry continues to push the envelope!
New to the MIFGS for 2016 was the competition aptly called “So you believe you can arch?” Sponsored in part by Koch & Co.. The competition proved to be tremendously popular as visitors took it on themselves to capture an instant under the brightly colored arches and that I was among these guests. The new floral and installation-based contest pushed floral designers to use their own imagination to deliver their designs to life in the theme of an outside wedding and the results were really breathtaking.
1st Position: Ruby Koomen, Ruby Soho Flowers
2nd Position: Verity Tantau, Woodland Weaver
3rd Position: Camilo Undurrata, Petal to the Metal Floral Design
A real stand out in this year’s MIFGS was the ‘Chrysco Ballroom’, placed in the center of the Great Hall of Flowers because it included a feeling of bunny and theatrics to the function. The screen was embellished with a gigantic chrysanthemum chandelier, lively floral dresses made with a Melbourne couture new synonymous with pure luxury — Jason Gretch, and an interactive display of contemporary dancers.
The performances “Bringing Colour to Life” captivated audiences and attracted a lot of attention to the screen. An opulent spectacle that had panache and guaranteed that the use of Chrysco Chrysanthemums would be remembered by visitors well and after case had concluded.
Another highlight of this Great Hall of Flowers was the exhibition “Growers Walk of Art”. Flowers Victoria partnered with the Art Series Hotel Group to celebrate Australian grown blossoms and famous Australian art. To see the modern art works paired with visually translated botanical displays was simply magnificent.
At a flurry of spinning gum leaves and bunches of native blooms it was exciting to witness participants learning the fundamentals of working with floral tools and equipment in the My Flowerhouse hands. The participants had been engaged as the enthusiastic and gifted educator Natasha in My Flowerhouse lead sessions every day held inside the Royal Exhibition Building.
The results were exceptional and as you walked round the MIFGS you could observe participants adorned within their blossom crowns or toting their wildflower posies. It included a hands on experience to this year’s show and it was amazing to watch the smiles to the partaker’s faces.
Written by Tiffany Kumnick, Particular Bloom
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