Canberra 2013 — Day 1: Floriade

This past long week­end, D and I went to Canberra to see Floriade 2013. Floriade is an annu­al flower fest­iv­al that fea­tures extens­ive artist­ic dis­plays of flower­ing bulbs.

Of course, the aim was to take enough pho­tos of the pret­ti­ness to make the three hour drive each way worth it.

The dis­plays cov­er 4 hec­tares of Commonwealth Park with col­our­ful flowers.

This year, the theme was Canberra’s cen­ten­ary as Australia’s cap­it­al. An aer­i­al view of the area shows that each dis­play resembles a Canberra icon, such as the ver­tic­al elev­a­tion of the National Library of Australia, a double helix for Questacon, and the WiFi sym­bol for CSIRO. You could get an aer­i­al view on fer­ris wheel that only gave you an aer­i­al view of one or two of the flower beds (gran­ted, the flower beds were huge!).

Floriade ran from 14 September to 13 October 2013.