As a stakeholder and signifcant contributor to MIFGS, we have received the following advice from the MIFGS Board and Management group, IMG, regarding the event.
With the high-risk and uncertain nature of running large scale events in a COVID-19 climate, a difficult decision has been made to not proceed with the scheduled dates, 24-28 March 2021 for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. With last year’s event being called off at the 11th hour, it’s incredibly disappointing for everyone that the 2021 show will not go ahead in March.
Towards the end of 2020 we had a great sense of optimism and were very much hoping everything would have returned to normal in time to stage this year’s event. However, a recent spike in interstate case numbers, border closures and other COVID-19 related restrictions has again added further uncertainty to the COVID-19 impact and presents an extremely challenging environment to deliver an event of this magnitude.
After carefully considering the interests of all our stakeholders, we cannot proceed with any confidence to stage an event in March 2021 that meets the high expectations of all our partners and visitors. With so much planning and effort required to bring the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show to life, we have an obligation to make the decision sooner rather than later.
It cannot be under-estimated how important the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is to the horticultural industry - it is a platform for an entire industry and for the public to learn, be entertained and inspired. With that in mind, we are exploring alternative options and dates for a show in October 2021.
Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.
Event Director, Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
Chairman, Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show