Floriade 2015: Reflection

Floriade Canberra, Reflection theme

Life is continuing to throw us a curve ball and I’ve been spending a lot of time sitting at my son’s bedside in Canberra Hospital. Last week we managed to escape for a couple of hours and took the opportunity to see Floriade. There’s nothing like the sight of a million blooms to cheer a person up.

It was a glorious spring day and even before we got to Commonwealth Park, where the flowers are planted, the National Capital was looking a picture. People were having picnics on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin and the lake was shimmering.

The theme of Floriade 2015, Reflection, pays tribute to the Centenary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli. The garden bed designs incorporate icons synonymous with the themes of war and peace including the Rising Sun, the famous slouch hat, the Red Cross and the poppy.

Floriade The Rising Sun

Beyond the stunning garden beds, visitors can pick up gardening tips, listen to music and enjoy cooking demonstrations. Sport enthusiasts can enjoy the Man Cave, screening finals football action, while the My Cubby House Rocks project features five architecturally-designed cubby houses that will be auctioned on Saturday, October 10.

Enjoy these snapshots from our visit. If you haven’t been and you need cheering up, I can recommend Floriade as a good place to start!

Floriade Canberra

Floriade Southern Cross
The Southern Cross, appearing on flags and insignia as a symbol of national pride.
Floriade Colour Patches
The shapes and colours here represent the colour patches worn on Australian Army uniforms.
Floriade Red Cross
Red Cross, established in Australia after the outbreak of the First World War.

Floriade Poppies

Floriade 2015 runs until Sunday, October 11, and entry is free.

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