This weekend was the annual Melbourne International Flower Show.   I was interested to check it out for two reasons; one, we love flowers and photographing flowers, so it was sure to be a fun afternoon, and two, it was being held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, which was rumored to have been bestowed with World Heritage listing status along with Australia’s natural beauties, like the great barrier reef, Uluru and Daintree.

The flowers did not disappoint–inside the Royal Exhibition Building were various floral exhibits and arrangements ranging from table settings to “dressed” mannequins to full room-sized artistic expressions using floral and other components. Outside, among the hundreds of home and garden vendors were award-winning landscape and terrace exhibits showcasing some seriously upscale outdoor living concepts!

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The Royal Exhibition Building, however, was a bit disappointing.  One of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition buildings, it was the first building in Australia to achieve World Heritage listing and is apparently “a symbol of the great 19th-century international exhibition movement”.  It is quite massive and has some interesting arches and paintings on the ceilings, but I’m not sure it quite lives up to the hype (or perhaps, I over-hyped it in my mind…)

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