12 September 2009

Floriade 2009 Opens

| Kramer
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Right on cue Canberra turned on a cracker of a spring day for today’s opening of Floriade. Seemed half of Canberra (and the rest of Australia) was there today to check it out. Surprisingly there’s a quite a few flowers in bloom (unlike my garden), although a lot of the tulips and some of the other flower beds have yet to come out in force. That said, it’s still very worthwhile going now, and then going back in a week or two as more flowers come into bloom.

Floriade flower beds

In addition to the flowers, flowers and more flowers, there’s lots more to check out. Highlights for us were the exhibition gardens with some good ideas for my own garden, jazz bands playing mellow tunes on Stage 88, and the CIT run kids marquee at Kids Corner.

Floriade 2009 runs from today, through to Sunday 11 October. This year they will again be running Nightfest (from 23 to 27 September), which is an evening with music, drinks, films, and comedy. Entry to Nightfest is ticketed event, and will probably sell out again this year, so get in quick!

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the surprising thing was the artists painting the landscape around floriade. we weren’t sure if they were part of the acts that were roaming the area, or just someone who wanted to paint at the time.

was fun listening to others trying to work out what they were painting…

great displays yet again, but, as we have now dragged the kids around floriade and prevented the ripping up of many bulbs, that will do for us…

Oh, I used to love Floriade when at night you could wander around the gardens – fairy lights everywhere, and just enjoy the tranquillity of what we used to call “Floriade at Night”. Far cry from the organised current version – I guess, however, the current “Floriade at Night” is pretty cool for newbies to Floriade. Bah humbug.

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