A great way to develop your landscape garden design ideas is to get to one of the annual garden shows around the country or around the world. One of the biggest shows in the Southern Hemisphere is the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens just north got the Melbourne CBD. This five day annual event runs until 25 March so if you have missed it this year, we have brought you some photos. Depending which climate you are designing a garden for, your plant selection may be different.
This year’s show featured edible gardens, workshops with local industry experts, floral art displays, garden competitions and landscape gardens. For landscaper designers it is also a great opportunity to talk with exhibitors and suppliers of everything from garden tools to sculptures and garden accessories.
For the first time ever, this year’s show featured a welcome landscape garden. This garden designed by last year’s winner Best in Show award winner Phillip Withers creative director of Phillip Withers Landscape Design. “Flourishing with a full spectrum of green hues, the biodiverse habitat is a place for visitors to relax and recline.“
One of the challenges for landscape designers is developing ideas for garden focal points. Once the focal point of a garden design is established the rest of the garden design more or less falls into place. Shows like these are ideal for helping to exploring ideas for garden design. Landscaping solutions from some of Australia’s best landscape garden designers are on display at one location.
Garden shows like the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Brisbane International Garden Show and the recent Brisbane Garden and Plant Expo are favourites with hobby gardeners, professional landscapers, horticulture students as well as members of the plant nursery industry.
For residents of the Gold Coast, the Botanical Bazaar Gold Coast Gardening Expo takes place annually in September in the Country Paradise Parklands Nerang. this show usually features talks by celebrity gardeners, vertical gardens, bee hive demonstrations and organic gardening.
If you are on the Sunshine coast, you only have to wait until July for the Queensland Garden Expo. With more than 360 exhibitor and plants on display from more than 55 plant nurseries, there will be plenty to see over the thee days of the show. If you are interested in garden design pencil in some of these shows in you diary.
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2017 Best in Show award winner Phillip Withers