It would seem that there are less and less flowers at Floriade each year, I can remember back in late eighties when the Netherlands Government gave the Flowers to the people of Australia as a bicentenary gift there where a considerably more flowers. Also the Floriade literature fails to mention the fact that the Netherlands Government generously gave the Flowers in the first place.
I have volunteered for the past 3 years and visited Floriade every year for the past 21 years. This year I had a person from Queensland comment to me that it was no longer worth coming to because of the lack of flowers and commercial nature of the Festival.
The nighttime activities are a farce they are not worth the $15. The floodlights that are meant to be on the flowers are set so high that they shine in your eyes making the whole experience quite uncomfortable
The one thing that has become larger in spite of the flowers are the Stalls Flogging everything from smelly candles to kites! It would be good if the stalls had something to do with nature and Gardening.
Floriade is fast becoming a joke to most Canberrians and the rest of Australia. what do the rest of you think?