While everyone else in the world is getting ready for Autumn, Australia is celebrating Spring with Floriade. Floriade, which is Latin for “design with flowers” is a month long flower festival that takes place in Australia from mid-September to early October. This annual festival is held at the Canberra Commonwealth Park with a different theme each year.
The festival, which showcases a million flowers in bloom, is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Numerous gardens are planted with beautiful spring-flowering bulbs, such as irises, daffodils, hyacinths, violas, and of course, tulips! It’s definitely a spectacular sight!
Along with the dazzling display of flowers, visitors can look forward to public art displays, roving entertainers, live musical acts, cultural celebrations and a giant 35m Ferris wheel. There will also be gardening experts on hand to answer questions and to give advice. In addition, Commonwealth Park comes alive at night with light shows, live music, comedy and live DJs.
This year, the festival with the theme “Beautiful Innovation,” takes place from September 14, 2013 until October 13, 2013. Here are some photos from the 2013 Floriade festival.
Floriade started in 1988, as a celebration of Canberra’s 75th birthday. It is considered the largest flower festival in the Southern hemisphere with over 300 000 visitors each year. It takes the Floriade team a full 12 months to plan the festival and to plant all the bulbs and annuals!
For more information on Floriade, visit: www.foriadeaustralia.com
- Some family pictures from Floriade. (howwemontessori.com)