Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Floriade to spread to suburbs

A reimagined Floriade 2020 will see the annual spring floral celebration move from its traditional home in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park to bloom across the city’s suburbs and screens with a mix of virtual and in-person experiences on offer.

“This year, Floriade has been reimagined so Canberrans can celebrate the change of seasons safely while public health restrictions are in place,” said Chief Minister, Andrew Barr.

He said the Floriade: Reimagined horticultural team and more than 90 community groups had planted one million bulbs and annuals to create a tulip trail through the ACT’s suburbs and city.

“The event will be critically important to many local businesses,” said Mr Barr.

“Many hospitality and tourism businesses have been hit hard by the summer bushfires and COVID-19.

“This year’s event is a great opportunity for Canberrans to get out and support local businesses right across the city.”

From 12 September to 11 October, Canberrans will be able to enjoy a limited number of live events as well as on demand virtual experiences to keep gardens green and minds inspired, the Chief Minister said.

“Crowd favourites will include four live Let’s Talk sessions featuring local personalities chatting about topics ranging from gardening to food sustainability.”

“The Sunday Sessions at Cockington Green and Lanyon Homestead will entertain the whole family with gnome painting, potting up workshops and live music.

“This year’s festival not only marks flowers blooming to life after their winter hibernation, but also celebrates the community spirit and resilience that Canberrans continue to display,” said Mr Barr.

He said Canberrans eager to explore the tulip trail must ensure they comply with physical distancing regulations and public health directions while viewing the blooms.

Plan your spring celebration at floriadeaustralia.com

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