Thursday, September 15, 2011

The dirt on Floriade




From 17 Sept. to 16 October the air in Canberra is fragrant with a million flowers. Forget the politicians, just head to Floriade for a flower fix. This year's theme is 'A feast for the senses' and the beautiful gardens have their own foodie themes - and there will be food demo's along the way and a special garden to visit - the Victory Garden. This is based on the gardens in Australia during WWII. Everyone was encouraged to grow their own veggies as supplies were short. The Victory Garden was a household contribution to the war effort.
The gardens are spread over four hectares - with more than one million bulbs that have been persuaded to bloom on cue!
(Floriade comes from the Latin word 'floriat' which means to design with flowers.)
I visited the gardens last weekend for a sneak preview and the scene is wondrous.
Stayed at the Crowne Plaza Canberra and I recommend the steak dishes if you eat at the hotel's restaurant - superb.
Trying to fit everything in to a couple of days in Canberra is too hard but I managed a visit to the NGA and saw the splendid Fred Williams exhibition and the following morning snuck into the Portrait Gallery - mind blowingly wonderful!
Don't miss Floriade and all our capital city has to offer . . .there's lots!
The flower images are just before opening day and the window is at the Portrait Gallery.
Visit: www.floriadeaustralia.com

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