26 September 2023

Bulb plants shine light on Floriade

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The planting of Floriade’s one million bulbs and annuals has commenced in locations around the Capital as part of this year’s ‘Floriade: Reimagined’.

In a statement, the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD) said this year would be the biggest challenge in the event’s 33-year history as it adapted to COVID-19 restrictions.

Floriade: Reimagined will ensure the tradition of Floriade continues,” the Directorate said.

Floriade: Reimagined will see the bulbs and annuals, which usually fill Commonwealth Park, be planted at various locations across Canberra,” it said.

“This new format will allow adherence to public health restrictions around mass gatherings and physical distancing.”

CMTEDD said bulbs would be planted in garden beds or portable flower beds in Belconnen; Gungahlin; Canberra City; Woden; Tuggeranong; Kingston; Manuka; Braddon; Dickson; Kippax; Condor; Mawson; Hall; Kambah; Nicholls; Weston Creek; and Molonglo.

It said bulbs would also be provided in wheelbarrows and pots to local hospitals including Canberra Hospital; Calvary Hospital; University of Canberra Hospital; John James Hospital; and Clare Holland House.

“Locations for the plantings have been selected on a set of criteria including access to water, visual impact, accessibility and distribution across Canberra,” it said.

The Directorate said community organisations had the opportunity to participate in celebrations this year by applying for an allocation of bulbs and annuals to plant in their own local communities.

It said more details of Floriade: Reimagined, including the COVID-19 adaption of other components of the festival, would be released in coming weeks.

A detailed list of locations can be accessed at this PS News link.

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