I just got back from a quick trip to Melbourne for the flower show. We ended up taking a small group of people on quickly convened tour as a few of our regular travellers were keen to join us. We visited quite a few gardens in the Dandenong area as well as the city parks and Botanical Gardens.

NT tourist promomtion garden

The star of the tour though was the flower show. It really has developed into one of the best in the world of its type with show gardens, floral displays, entertainment and the most amazing collection of garden plants to buy. My suitcase came home 9kg heavier with additional plants and bulbs.

The display gardens were beautifully done. The 5000 poppy garden of Phillip Johnson displayed 500 red knitted poppies to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Gallipoli. Each poppy was hand kitted by community volunteers and then set in a red field in a predominantly native landscape. Very powerful imagery.

poppy field in display garden at Melbourne Flower Show

I also really enjoyed the Japanese garden of Christian Jenkins. Serene and sombre as it remembers a number of close relatives he lost from his family, many lost too young. More than 100,000 people turned out over the five-day event to make it a very successful show and one to put on the calendar for next year in March. Anyone keen to join me please let me know.

Brian Sams