Students win at MIFGS 2016

Burnley students take out second and third place in the 'Avenue of Achievable Gardens' competition

Fiona Webber, a student in the Master of Urban Horticulture, and Jaz Rhodes, a recent graduate of the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture, have won second and third prize respectively for their entries in the 'Avenue of Achievable Gardens' at the 2016 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

Jaz and Fiona were both selected to represent the University of Melbourne at MIFGS based on their garden proposals, which fulfilled the brief of being a small, stylish and functional garden that could suit anyone's skill level. Fiona was awarded second place for 'Kidsense', a sensory garden for children that showcased the way a play space can be achieved in even the smallest city courtyard on a budget, by incorporating sensory elements and thoughtfully selecting accessible plants. Jaz won third for 'The Golden Afternoon', which used a textural palette and delicate floral displays to form a vegetative space designed to evoke a sense of calm and wonder.

Also showcased at MIFGS was current Master of Urban Horticulture student and 2015 'Avenue of Achievable Gardens' winner Heather Forward, with her Boutique Garden entry 'Brolga Bush Dance'. The Burnley campus as a whole was present as well, with a special installation celebrating their 125th anniversary of horticulture education in Australia.