C&G Greenthumbs On The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

For gardening enthusiasts looking for ways to improve their outdoor space this coming season, The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (28 March – 1 April 2012) is a highlight in the horticultural calendar – attracting over 110,000 local and international spectators. It is the biggest garden festival in the Southern Hemisphere and showcases the best of what Australian garden, landscape and floral designers and students have to offer. Visitors to the Flower and Garden Show are able to speak to the experts and gain advice and a fresh take on ways they can incorporate the initiatives that they have seen into their own gardens. In this green-thumbed blog, C&G highlight the best on-show at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in 2012.

There are a huge range of things to see and do, ranging from high-brow landscape design exhibits to student exhibitions and the children’s garden. Here’s our favourites!

  • Fresh by Jenny Craig promotes a healthy lifestyle that can be gained by incorporating foods grown in the garden into the daily menu.
  • The Children’s Garden houses activities to entertain the little ones such as face painting and potting their own plants.
  • Free floral workshops where visitors can gain tips and tricks of the experts.
  • Be inspired as the Landscape Show Gardens showcases the talents of Australia’s top landscape designers.
  • The Great Hall of Flowers sees the Royal Exhibition Building become a stage for the best of Australian floral designs and creative horticulture.
  • Surrender the senses to some natural pampering at Garnier World with facials, massages and hairstyling available.
  • Roving entertainment acts provide amusement, enlivening the crowds as they move around the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.
  • A collection of sculpture from local artists will be on show in the Carlton Gardens for the five-day duration of the event. Come merely to view, or to buy.
  • The Lindeman’s Open Garden is an award-winning space promoting, food, wine and a beautiful garden.
  • Be amazed at the RMIT fashion design show where students are given a theme on which to base their creative masterpieces.
  • Live floral student design exhibitions allows the up-and-coming talent to show off their skills to a live audience. Witness their expertise and see where floral design is headed in the future.
  • Art exhibitions by a number of prominent art societies will be on show for visitors to view and buy.
  • The Debco Avenue of Achievable Gardens feature is the most popular exhibit in the event, possibly due to the fact it provides accessible concepts and ‘garden recipes’ to take home. While some of the landscape designs may seem out of reach to many due to budget or the home gardener’s ability, the Debco Avenue of Achievable Gardens offers ideas that are in fact, achievable. Students from Swinburne University of TAFE, NMIT, Holmesglen & Chisholm Institute have created concepts that can be attained by the average gardener, without the need for an infinite budget. A perfect presentation pick-me-up if you’re planning on popping your home in the market in autumn!
  • For further information on the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show click here.

Save Lives Together This April

Quite an eye-catching ad for donating blood (inset above), isn’t it? Even though we don’t have such scintillating marketing to promote the donation of blood here in Melbourne, we do have some great awareness-raising drives by those in our community. Today’s brief Chisholm & Gamon blog looks at the importance of donating blood, and ways you can help our community become known as ‘Most Generous’ donors!

Glen Eira Mayor Jamie Hyams is imploring local members of the community to roll up their sleeves and donate blood generously this April. In fact, all donations made until the end of April will be tallied up by the Australian Red Cross - and one council or city will be named as ‘Most Generous’ donor town. Have you donated blood before, or perhaps are a little bit worried about the process? Giving blood isn’t something that takes a long time – usually 5-10 minutes of actual donation, and a further 45 minutes for paperwork and rest. Click here for further details on preparing to donate blood and places to donate.


Each year, more than 1.4 million donations are made. Although that sounds like an impressive statistic – the reality is that 1 in 3 of us will need blood during our lifetime – but only 1 in 30 donate. Giving blood can be made easier by doing so in a group – whether you take part in the Glen Eira challenge, or whether you decide to donate blood as an organisation or family group. The Australian Red Cross have created ‘Club Red’, which facilitates group blood donations from organisations. Consider joining ‘Club Red’ within your business – it’s also a wonderful way of raising awareness about the importance of donating blood in the community. Just one donation can save three lives – an important statistic to remember next time you feel a little squeamish.

The Melbourne City Romp

Romp. What a joyful word. It conjures up images of frolicking with abandon. It is rare in an adult life that we have the chance to romp. Chisholm & Gamon urge you to embrace your desire to romp at the upcoming Melbourne City Romp supporting the Burnet Institute. Part puzzle, a little like the Amazing Race and a lot like a treasure hunt. Admit it – you’re hooked and want to find out more!

Held on March 25th (yes, this Sunday), you’ll need to rustle up your pals (teams are between 2 and 6 people) to take on the Melbourne City Romp. You’ll be given a clue sheet, map and mobile phone and then let loose in the city to solve a range of tricky puzzles. The event takes four hours, in which your skills of local geography, history, trivia and more will be tested. You need to arrive at Birrarung Marr with your team at 10:00 to work out your start time and other details. To register a team, click here. Often, teams dress up as their favourite characters to make the day even more eccentric than it already offers to be (see the Where’s Wally team below?). Like all great events, there is an after party too – the Romp will advise you of the secret location on the day!

So how does doing the Melbourne City Romp help the Burnet Institute? The Burnet Institute is Australia’s largest communicable disease research centre. Over 11 million people die of infectious diseases a year. The Burnet Institute look to remedy this with their good research on HIV, TB and hepatitis viruses -and the Melbourne City Romp is the only fundraising activity they undertake each year to keep their good work going. They have a unique position as an NGO, meaning that the Burnet Institute do their work in Laos, Indonesia, Burma, Tibet and the Pacific. Linking laboratory-based medical research with on-the-ground field-based health workers means that the Burnet Institute make a real difference, reducing the amount of people suffering from diseases which in the western world are almost eradicated.

Now THAT’S a good reason for a day out on the hunt for treasure in Melbourne if we’ve ever heard one! Family friendly and good fun, make this your own Amazing Race.

Elwood College Open Evening

Chisholm and Gamon recently blogged about local school zones, including that of Elwood College. This coming Tuesday the 27th of March is Elwood College Open Evening. It is the perfect opportunity to ask whatever questions are on your mind and learn  more about this fantastic and thriving co-educational school.

Located at  101 Glenhuntly Road, Elwood, the Open Evening is from 7:30 – 9:00pm. Please contact 9531 9566 with any queries.

Black Rock House Market Day

This Saturday the 24th of March from 9 to 2pm is Market Day at lovely and historic Black Rock House, located at 34 Ebden Avenue Black Rock. Does perusing books, bric-a-brac, crafts, plants and refreshments  sound like an idyllic fashion in which to begin your weekend? All welcome – there is free entry. Please contact 0438141389 with any queries.

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