FLORIADE IS AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST CELEBRATION OF SPRING. THIS ICONIC CANBERRA EVENT, WHICH IS NOW IN ITS 27TH YEAR, RUNS FOR 30 DAYS OVER THE MONTHS OF SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER.
It showcases one million flowers in bloom throughout Canberra’s Commonwealth Park and entry is free. The event welcomes more than 400,000 local, interstate and international visitors each year.
FLORIADE FIRST BEGAN WHEN PETER SUTTON AND HIS COLLEAGUE, LANDSCAPE DESIGNER CHRIS DE BRUINE, DEVELOPED A PROPOSAL FOR A GRAND FLORAL DISPLAY TO CELEBRATE THE AUSTRALIA’S BICENTENARY AND CANBERRA’S 75TH BIRTHDAY.
The inaugural Floriade blossomed in 1988 with a stunning floral display of exotic bulbs and annuals, which grow beautifully in Canberra’s climate. The community embraced the event, making it such a success that it became an annual celebration of spring in Australia. Since its beginnings Floriade has been held alongside Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park.
Nowadays more than one million blooms combine to create a stunning backdrop to a month-long festival filled with music, cultural celebrations, horticultural workshops, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities. Floriade runs from mid-September to mid-October and attracts more than 400,000 attendees each year.