As a celebration for the coming of spring, Australia’s Floriade festival is the largest flora and fauna show in Australia, with over one million blooming flowers being showcased. The festival runs for 4 weeks from mid-September each year in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park and entry is free. The event attracts approximately 400,000 people each year from across Australia, as well as international visitors.
The festival’s first week is specifically focused on spring, with displays showing inspiration through colour and blooms in impressive garden beds and gardening demonstrations. The second week focuses on garden Design and Fashion, with shows, workshops and spectacular displays of garden architecture.
Into week three and the focus turns to DIY gardeners, with workshops and inspiration aimed at projects and ideas that the general public can achieve. The fourth week is usually focused on Home Grown living where tips and examples of sustainable growth and living are presented and the use of all things natural is promoted.
The Floriade horticulture programme runs throughout the festival and is aimed at inspiring visitors to discover the gardener within themselves. Exciting and stimulating displays and demonstrations are given, addressing floral design, the use of colours in flowers, the way fashion can inspire the garden as well as lots of useful tips on how to achieve great results in transforming gardens with minimal work.
Additionally, for 5 nights the festival introduces NightFest where DJ’s, live music acts and comedians perform across the festival whilst the garden and flower displays are lit up with impressive lighting.
There is also lots of entertainment available for children and the younger generation, including a farmyard and reptile centre, a children’s tent featuring interactive displays and educational tools on nature.
For more information, visit www.floriadeaustralia.com