Fresh Gardens for those Who Love Gardens : (Lots! of) Images of Inspiration from MIFGS 2015
Have you ever noticed that if there is one consistent characteristic of a Garden Lover, it's the desire to share: the beauty, the knowledge, the produce, even the cuttings?
So perhaps that's part of the reason why Garden Festivals & Shows are so popular, the world over.
Fellow Garden Lovers can assemble together, nod appreciatively, garner inspiration and simply admire the beauty of the most basic of human arts: the art of cultivation...
It's no secret to regular readers just how much I love going to the annual Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show each Autumn, and just how much I love to share the inspirational images which I find there.
It's an almost-overwhelming visual feast of colour, texture & vibrancy. My husband has learnt that no fewer than 4 hours will ever be spent at this glorious event each year... (There tends to be a bit of bribery involved to keep him patient: ice cream, coffee, corn on the cob, wine, the usual suspects....)
So if you weren't able to attend this 4 day transformation of the charming Carlton Gardens which flank the oh-so-fabulous Royal Exhibition Building, then fear not, as I hope these little glimpses of glamorous gardens which appeared, as if by Fairy-Magic, in the park last week, shall create some garden inspiration magic of their own....
Equilibrium by Nathan Burkett Design....
THE NOTABLE TRENDS FROM MIFGS 2015:-
Leaves in russet, burgundy and all shades of red. Flowers in red too!
"Naturalistic" planting - much less of the hard edged architectural style linear gardens,
replaced with softened edges of plants falling over the borders.
Flowers, flowers, flowers. (Nice to see them back.)
Incorporating lots of recycled materials, like concrete pipes,
or old plumbing pipes.
Colour - (welcome back to colour too).
Mixing edibles in with ornamentals in the same garden bed.
Espalier fruit trees. (A favourite here on Glamour Drops.)
Indigenous Planting - the variety of which obviously depends on the location,
but a greater awareness of the importance of using local species for the
continued cross-pollination of flowers by native insects.
The Beekeeper's Garden by Jenny Smith...
This thoughtful garden won a Silver Medal, although I would personally have awarded it a Gold Medal because of the importance of highlighting the current issues facing bees around the world, through increased use of agricultural chemicals and lack of flowers. This is an issue we can all do something about, by simply planting more flowers in our gardens and thinking about where our food comes from.
“Planting native species in our gardens and communities is increasingly important, because indigenous insects, birds and wildlife rely on them. Over thousands, and sometimes millions, of years they have co-evolved to live in local climate and soil conditions.”
— David Suzuki
Fashioned by Flowers...The RMIT Fashion student competition....
Thousands and thousands of people have passed through this glorious building each year at the MIFG Show, some to gain knowledge, some to gain inspiration, and some to simply drink in all the beauty of the wonders of plants.
As plants are our single most precious resource on the planet, without whom we could not breathe, eat or survive, a passion for plants is certainly something worth sharing.