I spent a lovely day at the Melbourne Garden Show with my mum on Sunday. It is held at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens and it is the perfect venue for this. I always love looking at the building, and today was taken back in time to the late 1980's when I attend several university balls there.
The RMIT University Fashion Students had a fantastic display of garments made from flowers, foliage, fruit & veg. The bridal gown made from garlic was so clever.
We were both a little more restrained than last year with our buying. That may be because Mum wasn't able to find stands with Clematis or Daylillies, and I wasn't able to find the Grevillea I was after. I've loved the garden show in the past, but today I came away with a feeling that it is changing. It is moving away from a garden show and more towards a lifestyle show. Less focus on plants and horticulture, and more on the "garden room". We discussed this over dinner, and believe it is being influenced by the smaller and smaller blocks that houses are being built on. It is a pity.
Having said that we did find one of our favourite nurseries in Country Farm Perennials. Their range is fantastic, and I always have to restrain myself. Their range of really interesting perennials is well worth taking a closer look.