The 2019 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) was a five-day extravaganza that featured a stunning Welcome Garden by Mark Browning Design at the entrance. Placed centrally at the main entryway to the Show at Carlton Gardens, the Welcome Garden provided an open, inviting space that celebrated the synergy of organic and manmade elements used in the installation.

The Welcome Garden played a big part in engaging visitors with its creative blend of architectural materials and natural greenery. Being the only show garden where public entry was permitted, it gave visitors an experiential adventure as they were able to interact with the unique tactile features and admire the beauty of the stunning plants and materials on display.

The Welcome Garden was a great success, thanks to landscape designer Mark Browning’s thoughtful design and the support of several contributors including Anston Architectural Products and SVC Products that supplied architectural concrete paving, planters, spheres and block bench seats.

The Welcome Garden also featured Cumaru hardwood decking, posts and beams from Porta Timber; architectural mesh shading and screens from Kaynemaile; faceted steel structures from Lump Sculpture Studio; live greenery from Warners Nurseries; and spot and outdoor lighting from Gardens at Night.

“The Welcome Garden has been designed with interaction at its core… it doubles as a place for show-goers to interact with the landscape as well as providing a forum for outdoor presentations, talks and activities at the show,” said Browning.