Flower Market Circular – 18 October 2018

Edition 92: This season’s floral wedding trends
In this edition of the Flower Market Circular:

  • This season’s floral wedding trends
  • Winning Instagram strategies for small business
  • We talk to Tony Maliku in the Fresh Five

This season’s floral wedding trends

With the warmer weather comes the beginning of the new wedding season! Just when we think we’ve seen it all, creatives and couples alike keep on bringing their ‘A-Game’ and going bigger, better and more unexpected in all things wedding styling.
So what can we expect? 
While elements of the popular boho vibe will likely hang around a little longer, floral experts are predicting a move away from this foliage-heavy style towards the use of bold and clashing colour, lush florals, and modern architectural arrangements.
With around 60 stand holders, occupying 140 stands, the Melbourne Flower Market in Epping has the largest range of flowers in Victoria. So, to satisfy even the fussiest of ‘bridezilla’ you won’t find a larger variety of colours, sizes and fragrances, at the most competitive prices, anywhere else.
Click here to read more about this season’s floral wedding trends.

Fresh Five

This week we talk to Tony Maliku from Maliku Flowers.
1. Your role at the Melbourne Market: I’m the director of Maliku Flowers. We were established in 1992, so we’ve been in the business for 26 years. Our main lines are carnations, lisianthus, liliums, tiger lilies, Dutch iris and stocks which we grow on our farm in Cranbourne.
2. If you could only take three fruits or vegetables with you to a desert island, which would you take: Definitely apples, I love apples. And probably tomatoes and cucumbers; I’ll make a salad.
3. When was the last time you bought flowers for someone: I give people flowers all the time, the last time was just an hour ago. One of our customers bought five buckets, so I gave her a couple of bunches for free. We try to look after the customers.
4. Tell us something that is on your ‘bucket list’: I want to go to the moon! (Although I don’t like my chances)
5. What do you most enjoy about working at the Melbourne Market: It’s very good socialising with people. We treat each other like family, not friends.

MarketFresh News Spring edition is out now

Read about A Better Choice program, view our Market map, (which includes details of upcoming developments) plus see some great snaps from around the Market and much more.Pick up a copy from the Customer Service Centre, Market cafes or ask a Market Relations Officer.

You can also download an electronic version of the magazine by clicking here.

Spring brides course

This is your last chance to sign up for the Melbourne Polytechnic Spring brides course where students will learn skills to create contemporary wedding bouquets inspired by a spring garden.  The course is suitable for experienced florists looking for seasonal inspiration or those working in the industry wishing to upskill.
Date: Tuesday 23 October
Time: 10am
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $130
Location: Fairfield Campus
To enrol call  9269 8615 or email shortcourses@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

Winning Instagram strategies for small business

Using Instagram for small business is a powerful (and affordable) way to grow your company.
With Instagram, you can reach new customers, stay connected to your existing ones, and even make sales right from the app.
If you can successfully tap into your Instagram audience, and create a strategy that’s both artistic and tactical, you can quickly see growth in your Instagram account and your business’ sales.
But striking that balance between art and strategy is often difficult, especially if you’re just starting out in Instagram marketing.
Click here to read more about building a winning Instagram strategy for your business.

Guerrilla gardener plants 35,000 tulips destined for the bin in Melbourne’s Hosier lane

Under the cover of darkness, thousands of tulips that were destined for the bin have been brought in to fill one of Melbourne’s most colourful laneways.
Hosier Lane was transformed as 35,000 beautiful orange blooms lined the graffiti-covered bluestone street.
Joost Bakker was the guerrilla gardener responsible for the splash of spring colour which brought joy to the city on a beautiful sunny day.
Click here to read how his tulip installation aimed to raise awareness of the locally grown flower industry.

Polito Flowers coming to the Melbourne Market

Construction of a new cool room in the Flower Market will begin next week, as we get ready to welcome Polito Flowers to the Melbourne Market. Polito Flowers have traded in the Sydney Flower Market for many years and they are excited to be able to offer their range to Melbourne customers upon completion of the coolroom build.

Infringement enquiries

A reminder that if you have an infringement enquiry please email infringements@melbournemarket.com.au
Using this email address ensures the quickest response to your enquiry.

How to report a hazard

The number one priority at any workplace, including the Market, is making sure people work in a safe environment.
Safety is not just about form filling after an incident occurs but identifying potential hazards before they become serious incidents.
When a significant hazard, incident or near miss is identified you are obligated under Market operating rules to report it immediately to a Market Relations Officer.
The simplest way to report a hazard is by calling Gate 1 security on 9258 6122.
Save the number in your mobile phone so you will always have it handy!

How to make an ‘urban jungle’ design with orchids

Key Dates

Tuesday 6 November               Melbourne Cup public holiday (Market closed)

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