The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show took place from Wednesday to Sunday this week. The venue was the 1880 World Heritage Site-listed Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building in the Carlton Gardens. The central transept of this spectacular building is crowned by a dome, modelled on the duomo in Florence.

This view is from the south across one of the ornamental lakes

The dome is lit by a clerestory at its base...

...and ornamented with frescos. In this huge hall Ikebana International Melbourne had a great success this year winning a bronze medal for their 'inner city oasis', a Japanese themed courtyard garden. 

It is particularly difficult to photograph in this space. There are clearer and more detailed photographs at the I.I. Blog * .

My student, Nici Thompson, who is a professional florist, contributed this exhibit with a strong Australian theme. She created three structures representing the bottle- shaped boabab * (Adansonis gregorii) trees of the Kimberley area of Western Australia.

It has been a very busy week in the ikebana world. My contribution is a divided arrangement featuring the bright orange flowers and oddly shaped seedpods of crosomia * .

Greetings from Christopher
20th March 2016

* Click on the blue text for further information

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