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FLORIADE | Canberra | Garden Shows | Australia

Come to Australia’s Celebration of Spring.

Held annually in Canberra, Australia is the Floriade flower and entertainment festival. Flower enthusiasts, nature lovers, locals and visitors from around the world gather together to take sight of the extensive displays of blooms integrated with creative sculptures and artistic features. This festival is basically designed with flowers and it continuously attracts tourists during mid September to mid October of each year. 

Where It All Began

The Floriade festival began in 1988 as a commemorative celebration of Canberra’s 75th birthday and of Australia’s two-hundredth anniversary of European settlement. The festival was a success and became so popular that people demanded it to be held every year. Being a well-loved flower festival in the Southern hemisphere, it is now considered as the third largest flower festival in the area as it gathers almost half a million visitors every year.  This month long festival is now on its 27th year and is still Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. Planning begins one year before the event where the gardening team considers careful timing and proper maintenance of the soil, the plants, the blooms and the entire garden bed.  Since 2008, the garden bed of Floriade is at the Commonwealth Park.

What to Expect

Floriade lets you enjoy the beauty and grace of one million flowers in bloom. It also gathers people to enjoy five amazing nights of fun and entertainment. There is the Floriade NightFest that features live music acts, night markets, famous comedians, street dancing, and roving entertainment. You can come to Canberra for Floriade to be a trader, a performer or entertainer, a volunteer, a competition participant, as a student of one of the excellent workshops organized during the month-long celebration or just as a tourist who wish to enjoy this celebration of life and beginnings. Activities and programs are available for both the young and young at hearts, for families and lovers, for students and professionals, for locals and visitors – for everyone. Come one, come all and join this delightful event filled with good fun. There will be fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, Kids’ workshops, garden demonstrations, gnome decorating competition, sports activities, photography exhibits, plant displays and a lot more. This is a fun-filled celebration that will surely bring joy to people of all ages, to people from all walks of life.

Floriade Themes

Every year, Floriade is celebrated with a theme. The first three themes used were Floral garlands in 1990, followed by Music in 1991, Art of Horticulture in 1992. Succeeding themes include colors, games in the garden, poetry in flowers, water, rock ‘n’ roll blooms, Aussie icons, carnivale, films, imagination, senses, and style and design. The Floriade theme for 2014 is Passion so expect to be enchanted by flowers’ natural ability to make people express their hearts’ desires.

Why Attend Canberra’s Floriade

Well if you do not want to miss something extravagant and magical and exciting this year, then you’ve got to attend Canberra’s famous celebration of spring. This is a photographer’s haven where one can complete more than one portfolio that displays love, life, and magic.

Admission is free so there’s nothing for you to lose. You’ll only gain an experience of a lifetime that will always remind you of how beautiful it is to live and live life to the fullest. 
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