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Where did all the flowers go!

By gardencanberra - 26 September 2008 23

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?

What’s Your opinion?


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23 Responses to
Where did all the flowers go!
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:15 pm 28 Sep 08

I can’t believe it’s not butter.

astrojax 9:08 pm 28 Sep 08

ugh, butter is always better – the less flora the better in that case!

and, h, i said “a lesser floral display might work.” which was a reformulation of a correction, not trying to simply restate the previous attempt, which was flawed! [groan, grabs hat and heads for exit…]

Granny 11:45 am 27 Sep 08

heinous said :

Perhaps then you could say there is less flora on display.

… but then I’d be thinking of margarine!

heinous 10:54 am 27 Sep 08

ta crabb – hurt mine eyes, too… and ‘a lesser floral display’ might work (though ‘floral on display’ doesn’t, as ‘floral’ is an adjectival form of flora and requires ‘floral something)

Perhaps then you could say there is less flora on display.

astrojax, gardencanberra did not use the word ‘lesser’ so ‘a lesser floral display’ would not be an appropriate rebuttal to astrojax’s comment.

Anymore takers whos eyes are still hurting?

toriness 8:44 am 27 Sep 08

my partner and i went to nightfest last night, we just bought our tickets at the gate on the night but when we left hours later we noted that last night ended up selling out, as well as tonight and sunday night.

i thought it was bloody great – i don’t get what you are all complaining about!! we sat down for about an hour and watched a series of short animations which the massive crowd of children and adults alike clearly enjoyed, followed by the performance art which i thought was pretty impressive too. we took our own beers and food so i can’t comment on food or drink prices. i enjoyed wandering around the stalls, chatting to stall owners who had come from victoria (soaps) and queensland (tea). yes this is a commercial element to floriade but judging by the number of people in the night markets, it’s a positive and popular part of the event. lastly the flowers of course which i thought were well lit in some places, others not – the lighting of trees and the water were great features as well i thought.

i thought it was worth the entry fee and we will definitely be going again next year if it’s on.

astrojax 8:24 am 27 Sep 08

ta crabb – hurt mine eyes, too… and ‘a lesser floral display’ might work (though ‘floral on display’ doesn’t, as ‘floral’ is an adjectival form of flora and requires ‘floral something)

here endeth the lesson…

heinous 7:52 am 27 Sep 08

FEWER flowers people, not less. (I’m sorry, I can’t help myself, it hurts my eyes).

Alternatively you could say there is less floral on display.

Granny 12:26 am 27 Sep 08

People liked it too much?

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