Canberra’s Floriade Spring flower festival

Canberra’s Floriade Spring flower festival

I heard the music first, then turned a corner in the park and the explosion of tulips filled my eyes with Spring. It’s Floriade time in Canberra – with more than a million blooms, it is the Southern Hemisphere’s greatest flower festival that runs from 15 Sept to 14 October.

Floriade flower beds

Floriade is one of the highlights of the Canberra year featuring music, dancing, art and of course, flowers in great profusion. We heard delightful Irish inspired music from the String Family Band.

String Family Band at Floriade
String Family Band at Floriade

There are rides for the kids (of all ages) and something for all the senses. Taste the local wines, eat delicious cakes and take in the music and colour all around. There’s even a mini-train to take you through the park!

Mini train at Floriade

This year’s theme is Popular Culture and several popular culture icons can be found here, including a playful take on The Beatles’ Abbey Road image

Floriade tribute to The Beatles Abbey Road

Or if you are a fan of the Minions…

Minions tribute at Floriade

One display honoured our fallen heroes from the first world war through a project to display 5000 crocheted poppies to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first world war. This was just a preview as thousands will be displayed at the Australian National War Memorial in November

Honour Their Spirit - a memorial to the fallen in the first world war

Talk to people from community groups and be inspired for your garden design. But above all, just wander around Floriade and take in the sights and scents of a million wonderful blooms artfully laid out!

Tulips in abundance at Floriade

There are wonderful picnic spots, or you take in a photography session – Carol Elvin provides some excellent tips on how to get the best photos at Floriade. There is so much to see here it is hard to know where to begin!

Floriade runs until 14 October – and Sunday is a Fur friendly day! Bring your dog to Floriade with a Dog’s Day Out 🙂 

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    1. Thanks Amanda! Yes, Canberra’s Floriade is pretty special. I loved Spain (two Caminos + Madrid) – I hope you do get to experience Australia – we have much to offer that is very different from Europe

      Jerry Everard

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