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September 2, 2014

Flowers abloom

by Caitlin McDonell 19 September 2012

It’s that time of the year again, with winter drawn to a close and spring in full flourish, for Canberra’s hallmark event - Floriade. Australia’s biggest celebration of spring and the largest flower event in the southern hemisphere is filled with artistic floral displays, entertainment, music, cultural celebrations, markets and activities for all ages.


This year marks the 25th opening of the event, which has grown to become synonymous with creativity, colour, and design. This year's theme, 'Style & Design' incorporates fashion into the already bold mix. You can be sure to see impressive displays of garden beds and installations to compliment the theme.


The event commenced on the 15th of September and runs until the 14th of October and is well embraced by the local community. Floriade has more than one million flowers displayed and presented in different patterns and layouts, reflecting the theme, and generally attracts more than 400,000 attendees each year both local and from interstate.


Here’s a break down of some of the festivities to unfold throughout the following weeks:


Week one is all about Spring Pallets, learn how to create floral displays with award winning florists, and how to harvest and prepare seasonal food. Week two is Fashion & Design, sit back and enjoy runway shows, style workshops and demonstrations by leading Australian fashion designers, Jason Brunsdon and Wayne Cooper. Week three is His & Her DIY, which brings The Block 2011 winners, Polly and Waz, and Better Homes and Gardens presenter Jason Hodges to inspire creative indoor and outdoor ideas to transform your home. People are encouraged to ask questions and to learn a multitude of ideas from the experts. Week four is Floriade’s final week and is all about Home Grown Living, learning how to live naturally and sustainably. Pick up tips from Don Burke, Ready, Steady, Cook’s Janelle Bloom and Jackie French at The Gourmet Garden and hear the soulful beats of the The Elana Stone Band on Stage 88.


If cocktails, performances, music, and comedians are more your thing, be sure to check out Floriade Nightfest, from the 26th until 30th of September 6.30-10.30pm nightly. Each night promising entertainment tailored to suit each theme across the different nights.


Enjoy seeing Floriade illuminated with Nightfest whilst enjoying the night markets, sipping cocktails at the Butterfly Lounge, and the Gourmet Gardens. Be sure to check out Chill out Wednesday, Latino Thursday, Supper Club Friday, Party Night Saturday and Family Night Sunday for more information or to purchase tickets Click Here


Come and indulge your senses enjoying a kaleidoscope of colour and activites for all ages, with Floriade and Nightfest. Head down to Commonwealth Park and be spring inspired with Floriade 2012 and Floriade Nightfest.


For more information check out http://www.floriadeaustralia.com/


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