We nearly missed Floriade this year but managed to get there by the skin of our teeth. We’ve been loads of times over the years and it’s always fun event, where spring is celebrated with gorgeous floral displays and mass plantings – mainly of tulips in all hues and varieties.
This year Floriade ran from Saturday 14 September to Sunday 13 October. The good thing about it is that it’s free to enter!
What is Floriade?
Floriade is held in Australia’s capital Canberra and this year it is celebrating its 32nd year.
Floriade is a diverse, ever expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities. With over one million blooms on display Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of spring.Source
The History of Floriade
Floriade was the idea of Christiaan Slotemaker de Bruine, Landscape Architect with the Department of Capital Territory in Canberra. He commenced the design in 1986 and based it on the world famous ‘Keukenhof’ garden in The Netherlands.
Floriade started in 1988 as a one off celebration of Canberra’s 75th birthday and Australia’s Bicentenary of European settlement. Due to the success and popularity of the event, it has run every year since then with each year having a new theme and is currently the largest flower festival in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 300,000 visitors each year.Source
Other things to do at Floriade
There’s lot to do at Floriade – music, performances, market stalls, food, drink, a ferris wheel and other rides, wandering entertainers, gnome painting, Nightfest, and many intsa-worthy photo opportunities! You can relax with a picnic on the grass while soaking up the spring sunshine and listening to live music performances.
I also learnt from Chris, at Booming On, about Floriade photography workshops – which sound really interesting and worthwhile. You can read her post here: Photographing Floriade: finding Focus in the Floral Frenzy
I’m quite happy with my photos this year but would also enjoy attending a special workshop one day. I always enjoy seeing new ideas and getting garden inspired.
This year it was extra fun as we spent the day with my daughter Sarah and granddaughter Emilia. It was busy today due to school holidays but the crowds were manageable.
If you’ve never been to Floriade, I recommend a visit if you get the chance.
A special shoutout to the Rotary Club of Canberra East who host the paint a gnome (and this year paint an owl) as a fabulous event for children and those who are young at heart. It’s a great fundraiser!
Happy flower Friday to you wherever you are in the world. Are you a fan of flower shows like this?
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