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Garden designer Lisa Ellis says she, too, would prefer to see a stronger emphasis on innovative design throughout the show.

''It was experimental and a bit loopy,'' Hyland says. ''A lot of people looked at it and either hated it or loved it.

and Victoria is now well placed to take advantage of the emerging importance of urban greening. He says Singapore is a ''classic example'' of a country that has recognised the importance of plants as a means to mitigate some of the effects of climate change and the urban heat island effect.

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was with an installation fashioned out of rusted scrap wire and showcased the latest varieties of lilies, tulips and other plants from his brother's flower farm.

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While organisers of the event which is owned by the NGIV and Flowers Victoria but managed, co ordinated and marketed by International Management Group have responded to Australians' busy lifestyles by offering low maintenance design solutions, Laird says more people now understand the benefits of spending more time on their gardens and thinking about how to incorporate less hard landscaping and more plants.

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''The show was all about the industry experimenting and people coming to see what the future might look like. While there is some good work in the outdoor displays, the push to have a strong retail component has been to the detriment of creativity.''

The flower and garden show board, made up of representatives of the NGIV and Flowers Victoria, has appointed a team to review this year's event and report back with recommendations.

''The flower and garden show is a great event, a solid performer and part of Melbourne's cultural identity,'' Laird says.

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show runs March 20 24 at the Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens.

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But some in the industry are questioning whether the fair needs to play a bigger role in showcasing innovative ways of gardening. Given the increasing importance now placed on urban greening, there is a call for a show that highlights more cutting edge designs and better communicates environmental, social and aesthetic benefits of various gardens.

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Gardens can also improve people's mental and physical well being and provide aesthetic benefits, he says.

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Euan Laird, chief executive officer of the Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV), which with Flowers Victoria established the event in the mid 1990s, says the time is right ''to take the show to the next level''.

''I think there has been a big shift. The next generation of kids are having the value of urban greening, healthy lifestyles [and] healthy eating drilled into them and all ages are becoming increasingly aware of this,'' he says.

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Laird says the team consists of representatives from the flower and nursery industries, along with independent experts with ''creative flair'', who will look at all aspects of how the flower and garden show might be improved. ''Nothing is off the table,'' he says.

Laird says the running of the event is all about ''continuous improvement'' and believes it is only healthy to periodically examine the way the show runs.

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''We see a huge opportunity for the show to play an educational role in increasing the awareness about the importance of plants, particularly in the urban landscape. We need to grab that with both hands and run.''

Despite the event always having some displays that stand out for their contemporary approaches, a number of people say the overall feel of the show needs to be more innovative. Paul Hyland, who owns Glasshaus a nursery, florist and garden design outfit in Richmond would prefer to see an event that was less about low maintenance and more about encouraging a sophisticated approach to gardening. Hyland, who won a prize in 2010 for his indoor hanging garden, says it is important that the show sets trends and Nike Air Max 95 Invigor makes people think about plants in new ways.

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desalination plant built, Laird says people are starting to turn to a wider palette of climate appropriate plants with the understanding that an absence of water won't again become the impediment to gardening it was at the height of recent water restrictions. ''We will have watering restrictions again, and rightly so, but the judicious use of water to maintain the green integrity of a city will be an important decision point, over and above turning the taps off and letting everything die,'' Laird says.

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Come autumn, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show sets up its mega spread of offerings by landscape designers, florists, growers, nurseries and suppliers of all manner of gardening paraphernalia. It regularly attracts more than 100,000 visitors over five days and is routinely held up as the largest and most successful horticultural event in the southern hemisphere.

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