It's that time of year again - with the onset of Autumn here in Australia, we have one of the biggest garden festivals in the Southern Hemisphere, The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS).
Detail Collective spent the opening day there on Wednesday and these are some of our highlights!
Now we have to admit an element of bias here - the above stunning 'Ohana' Garden is designed by our friend Georgia Harper from Georgia Harper Landscape Design and references a retro Hawaiian vibe with a very relevant edge for modern living. Ohana - roughly translated in it's broadest sense, means 'family' and Georgia was determined to showcase how a garden can be both fun and inclusive for all kinds of families. From large gatherings and parties, to smaller more intimate relaxing zones, where you can chill out and listen to vinyl on the retro record player.
The Greenery Garden Centre by Vivid Design was awarded Best in Show and was a celebration of plants, "a garden about greenery", where the structures do not impose on the space but add just the right level of formality and definition.
We couldn't resist the playful bronze Hares sculpture at the end of this vista!
Another Gold Medal winning garden is the Australian House & Garden sponsored Garden designed by Ian Barker. Titled 'Reflection' this garden was an oasis of tranquility among the hectic show-garden area.
Inspired by the designer's own Grandparent's garden on the banks of Lake Windermere in the UK's picturesque Lake District, Ian has captured a timeless quality with a free flowing planting style and a dingy moored to the boat-house. The nod to nostalgia is kept in check with the contemporary table setting and the charcoal stained timber elements. A great combination of both classic and contemporary.
'A Garden Called Frank' designed by BLAC also walked away with a Gold Medal, and their minimalistic ethos is illustrated with stunning effect. This space is pared back to show off the key elements of landscape design - planting, hard surfaces and structure with little adornment.
Moving inside now to the Royal Exhibition Building where the floral designers are showcased.
From giant posy installations from Bloom (one of favourites) to recreations of floral 'people' and everything in-between.
A more structured stylistic arrangement by the team from event organisers The Style Co'.was supremely elegant and simple.
Evoking delightful abandonment in this dangling arrangement which captures the essence of 'foraging and flowering' from designer Katie Marx
A little haven of lushness was the perfect illustration for Loose Leaf who's brand is all about showcasing their floral arrangements with their passion for all things green and leafy.
A distinctively Australian vibe was achieved by the wonderful floral interpretations of the outback Boab Tree from Nikki Thompson.
Finally - one of the key events at the show is the annual Cubby House Challenge.
This brings together members of the Building Industry to design, construct and decorate highly creative and innovative cubby houses.
These are revealed to the public at the show, and then released for a public auction.
All proceeds are then donated to a charity - this year it is Kids Under Cover, a charity dedicated to preventing youth homelessness.
We know which one is our favourite - click on the link here if you want to register to bid, or buy a raffle ticket to win one!
Lastly - for the first time, the MIFGS is opening for a Twilight session today (Friday 18th March) with live music, some of Melbourne's best food trucks, and the gardens all lit up in the magical setting of the World Heritage listed Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building....so if you are local - what are you waiting for?!!