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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Secure

Uncertainty ended

Melbourne City Council, Victoria, Australia, have resolved to extend the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) licence for a further two years at the Carlton Gardens. MIFGS’ three year licence for use of the Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens expired this year. The City of Melbourne’s Marketing and Events Committee has voted to extend the licence for a further two years at that site.

Lord Mayor John So praised MIFGS as the premier flower and garden show in the southern hemisphere. "The Melbourne Flower Show contributes to Melbourne’s reputation as a vibrant, international and liveable city. Over 1.2 million people have attended the Show since its inception in 1996 and the event has a total economic impact for Victoria between AU$8 and AU$9 million annually.

The original license was set for a period of three years with an optional extension fora further two years. The license incorporated requirements to protect the gardens and its heritage features. A report by an independent heritage consultant who monitored the event and its impact on the Carlton Gardens site showed that the event complied with the requirements of the license and had no long term negative impact on the site.
The next show is scheduled for 28th March - 1st April 2007

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