Stylish and sleek, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is held each year in March. It profiles the latest in garden design in Australia. Unlike the other shows around the world, this one is held in autumn rather than spring. The autumn planting gives the show a completely different feel.
As with the other shows, the exhibits are placed into different categories. Of most interest to me are the Show Gardens and these in turn are broken into a number of sub groups ranging from the Main Show Gardens, to the Student Gardens and the small Achievable Gardens.
Australians live outside most of the year and so our gardens are tend to be focused around creating another room for living outdoors. This is really evident in the style of the vast majority of the gardens on show.
Paal Grant’s Conversation sets the tone for me. Green, easy to look after, inviting and providing more than one area to sit and talk – or not.