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Floriade 2019

Kelly and I spent a magnificent spring afternoon strolling around the flowers of Floriade.

Floriade is the annual flower festival that has been held in Canberra since 1988. It is now marketed as the largest flower festival in the southern hemisphere attracting over 300,000 visitors to the bush capital.

I prefer my flowers wild and unrepentant, and I find Floriade’s cultivated geometrics of tulips and pansies and azaleas and daisies to be a little too manufactured. Plenty would disagree.

Still, the warm afternoon kindled a good vibe thickened with sweet spring smells. There was music and art installations. There was a giant ferris wheel. We took our time and ambled amongst it all.

6 comments on “Floriade 2019

  1. Yes, floriade is nice but I prefer my gardens to be at least a little feral and my flowers to be wild, there is special joy in walking along and noticing the tiny wild things sprouting up, not that I don’t enjoy a good garden, I do, but I seem to love those gardens with a wild, independent look.

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  2. Like your use of B&W in the ‘festival of colour’. Nice story and photos. I found it a bit boring and commercial last year as well.

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  3. Great Pics and story as always Ian…

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