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Melbourne Laneway Tulips – Hosier Lane Home to Beautiful Flowers

Melbourne Laneway Tulips : Thousands of tulips have filled Hosier Lane in inner city Melbourne.

Under the cover of night, guerilla gardeners placed thousands of blooming tulips in Hosie Lane.

An estimated 35,000 flowers, destined to be thrown away, filled one of Melbourne’s most popular laneways.

Joost Bakker was responsible for the springtime stunt, brining joy to the passers by, locals and tourists alike.

“They weren’t good enough to be bunched and sold so I said, ‘Well, bugger that, we’ll put them in a laneway in the city’,” Bakker told ABC Radio Melbourne.

“This is a new variety that they’ve never grown before.

“The flower actually stays stuck in the leaf, which isn’t a problem when you’ve got them the way that I’ve used them here in the city.

“There’s over 1,000 flower growers in Australia and they’re under huge pressure at the moment from imports and imported flowers,” he said.

“Most people don’t realise when they buy flowers that they could come from overseas, and I just want people to ask when they buy flowers, or when they speak to florists or supermarkets, where were these flowers grown?”

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Repost from @thegardenettes .support local flowers. .grow plants instead!. . On Thursday night 20,000 tulips [in full flower with bulbs attached] were ‘planted’ in Hosier Lane as an installation by @joostbakker to highlight the fact that 70% of the flowers sold in Australia are actually from overseas growers! . These tulips [although insanely beautiful in our eyes] were deemed not up to standard for sale in Australia and they were destined for the dump 😱 . The public were encouraged to help themselves to the flowers [and attached bulbs] and in no time they were gone. @something_about_melbourne snapped this stunning shot before they were raided by the public. . Why aren’t we supporting local flower growers? Next time you buy flowers – please ask if they were locally grown and remember to buy flowers IN SEASON. . #supportlocalgrowers #flowergrowers #floristry #flowers🌸 #hosierlane #tulipfields

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just planted 35,000 tulips in #hosierlane my family grow them in Monbulk and my brother said these were not quite good enough to sell.. when he said he was throwing them out I said no way! So we spent the early hours of this morning bringing them into town. For me this installation is about making people aware that there’s a thriving industry with more than a thousand growers in this country. It’s currently under a lot of pressure from imported flowers with some estimating close to 70% of flowers sold in Australia are imported. When you buy flowers please ask ‘are they grown locally? Are they in season?’ These two things make a purchase much more sustainable. Support a brilliant industry and the next generation of flower growers #thinklocal thankYOU @cityofmelbourne for giving me permission to do this so quickly too! And thanks also to Koomen’s flowers for lending their trucks this morning! I’ll be on @abcinmelbourne at 7:25 talking about the flower industry and the challenges of cheap imports. #buylocal #nowaste #zerowaste #flowersbyjoost

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People encouraged to take home Melbourne Laneway Tulips

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35,000 tulips almost gone! #LOVEYOURWORK #MELBOURNE

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