It’s time to shake off the winter blues and warm up ready for spring and Floriade season. While we have been shivering in our jackets, beanies and gloves, the tulip bulbs have been quietly preparing for blooming season.
1. Tulip garden beds are designed and planted more than six months in advance.
Tulip bulbs require at least six months planted in cool, dark soil before blooming. So planting for Floriade takes place during autumn, with careful planning and design. Floriade 2018 is embracing pop culture, so each of the garden beds has been inspired by music icons, Australian artists such as Ken Done, stars of the silver screen and even Where’s Wally?
2. Canberra Floriade features flowers from more than 1 million bulbs and annuals.
Imagine Commonwealth Park, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, coming alive with the bold colours of spring. Commonwealth Park is about the size of 34 football fields that you can expect to be blanketed with colour and intricate floral designs—with space for live music, workshops and food stalls of course.
3. Gnome Knoll is a mainstay of Floriade.
Every garden needs a garden gnome! Create your own design and take him (or her) on tour of this floral extravaganza. Perhaps enter your gnome creation into the Rotary Club’s competition for best design, or snap a photo of your gnome amongst the beautiful garden designs.
There are plenty of entertaining activities and attractions that can add to your Floraide experience. Perhaps try a workshop such as a Terrarium Workshop—well known florists Moxom + Whitney lead a session in terrarium making, terrarium care and the power of getting dirty.
4. Photos will be colourful and long lasting.
If you’re a budding photographer (pun intended), then Floriade will be paradise for you. With a vast array of colours and designs, perhaps one of the biggest questions is whether to get a close up of the immaculate petals of a tulip, or of the bigger picture. The answer is of course up to you, but if you’re looking for some great photography tips, read this blog by photographer Carol Elvin.
5. Canberra is about more than Floriade.
Our nation’s capital certainly comes alive during Floriade, but also boasts fascinating history and museums that have shaped our country’s history. Our Canberra Floriade tour ticks off the following attractions:
- A guided or independent tour of Australia’s War Memorial, commemorating members of our armed forces who have participated in wars
- Panoramic views of Canberra City at night time from Mount Ainslie
- More flowers at Bowral’s Corbett Gardens, the centerpiece of the Bowral Tulip Time Festival
- Admire the precision of the National Bonsai Garden
- Explore 10 acres of tulips, daffodils and blossoming spring trees at the Tulip Top Gardens, open for only a month each year.
Find out more about this tour, departing Sydney and the Hunter in September 2018. Download the itinerary.
If you’re based in Brisbane, why not consider our Southern Highlands and Floriade tour.