Twilight At The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2016

Behold, a twinkly and starlit enchanted gardens in the midst Melbourne city. The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show just stepped it up in the twilight hours, making you feel like you’ve entered an Alice in Wonderland styled oasis nestled between the inner city skyscrapers. Embrace the Heritage listed Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Gardens like you never have before – whether it would be sitting amongst the Central Boulevard’s Plane Trees and admiring the light shows or relaxing in The Garden Lounge.

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The Show Gardens and Floral Designs by night is truly a magical setting, and you can be sure to be dazzled. Wander through the award winning garden shows, stalls, and plants around every corner. Some of Melbourne’s best food stalls provided a wide range of delights – including Speedy Gonzales, Yo India, Let’s Do Yum Cha and (a personal favourite) Manny’s Doughnuts. The event also featured the very popular Jansz Sparkling Wine Garden Bar, which seemed the perfect combination with the garden’s beautiful glistening surroundings. Happy hour from 6-7pm saw many people enjoying the atmosphere while sipping on their champagne.

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Fairy light’s decorated the trees, and weirdly wonderful entertainers performed every turn you made. The best being the fire acts, performing in front of the majestic French fountain in the Carlton Gardens. Watching them is almost being in some kind of trance, and enhances the feel of the event. Apart from the brilliant fire acts, there were just as amazing glow performances, street buskers, and music.

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Local and international landscape designers put on a truly spectacular display for the attendees, with their intricate and exquisite show gardens through the Carlton Gardens. The designers never disappoint, all hoping to grab the top spot at this acclaimed event. A modern Polynesian poolside pad grabbed the most attention, making you feel like you’ve entered your tropical destination in Melbourne. The traditional English Garden surrounded by water, and twinkle lights leading to a petite-looking boat captured the imagination of sailing like Peter Pan into the stars.

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Inside the majestic Royal Exhibition Building is the new floral feature So You Think You Can Arch. This is truly a spectacle, where renowned floristry experts competed against each other to bring simple archways to life with unique installations. This included floral designs of all sorts, in the theme of an outdoor wedding. Perfect for wedding planners or those looking for inspiration – the array of colours and textures brought an exciting sense of being like a child in a lolly shop. From bohemian to a classical style, the arches were also a hit for amazing photo opportunities.

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The RMIT fashion design students also had their turn in the spotlight at the event, to bring inimitable and exclusive floral fashion designs. This year, the students creatively interpreted the theme of Hot House: Danger, Design and Delight. Merging horticulture with fashion, they cleverly created a fashion/floral fuse in the building – bringing out the inner flower child you never thought you had. The flower crowns were just gorgeous.

Gardens by Twilight was a new edition to this year’s #MIFGS, and it could not have been any better. The magical setting brought new life to the Carlton Gardens, and illuminated the area in a way that the daytime event could not. The audience was delighted and inspired, and many walked around in a daze. Truly a spectacular event, and one to be remembered.

See Sarah’s mystical holiday guide to Bali here. 

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Sarah

 

 

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