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Published September 29th 2017
Flower shows, open gardens & spring beauty
Spring has well and truly sprung around the Capital, with a colourful array of blooms unfurling in local gardens, relishing the cool mornings and warmer days. To celebrate, there are numerous spring floral events held around the city to show off the spectacular varieties of flowers that grow in this unique environment. As well as the most obvious Floriade celebration, there are also flower shows held by horticultural societies, open gardens and spring flower tours to enjoy. These are just some of the floral events held in 2017, to celebrate all the beauty and scenic pleasures of spring...
Floriade is the ultimate in spring celebration, held this year between 16th September and 15th October, 2017. If you haven't visited Floriade yet, it is a sea of colourful tulips planted in a variety of patterns, complemented by other plants such as herbs and vegetables with contrasting foliage. As well as the flower displays dotted around Commonwealth Park, there are also sculptures, kids activities and a variety of entertainment in the daily program. The layout has also changed for its 30th birthday, with surprises around every corner. See here for details. For a full article on Floriade 2017, see here.
Take a ride up the Ferris Wheel for the best views of the floral designs
Tulip Top Gardens is the next "must-see" attraction if you are in Canberra to celebrate spring in all its glory. This private garden is located in Sutton, just 20 minutes north of Canberra and has an entry fee to get in. As you walk down the path and into the valley, you will be stunned by the colour, variety and sheer effort it would have taken for this one family to spend all year preparing for this event. These gardens are open at the same dates as Floriade and provide a different, more relaxing experience. Classical music plays over the loud speakers and there is an awed hush around the gardens, as people walk around and simply enjoy the spring spectacle. See here for details. For a full article on Tulip Top Gardens, see here.
The National Arboretumis located just 10 minutes from the CBD and has 94 forests of endangered and rare trees from all around the world. This year they are holding Forests in Bloom Walks, so that visitors can walk through some of the young forests which have spectacular flowering trees, such the Mediterranean and Eastern Red Bud, Chinese Mahogany and Callery Pear forests. These free walks will be held on 24th September and 1st, 8th and 15th October. Bookings are essential. See here for details.
The National Bonsai and Penjing Collection can be found just outside the Visitors Centre at the National Arboretum, above. It is another spectacular place to enjoy springtime blooms, with many of the miniature trees coming out in full-sized exotic and Australian flowers. For photos and details, see the National Arboretum Facebook. For a full article on the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, see here.
Full-size flowers on miniature bonsai creations. Image: National Arboretum Facebook
Meet The Gardener Tour at Parliament House is an opportunity for avid green thumbs to speak to one of the gardeners who tends to the stunning gardens, inside and outside the iconic landmark. Ask questions, hear stories, learn some tips and enjoy a walk around areas of the building not often seen. There are two dates only - 17th September and 8th October. Bookings are essential and arrive 20 minutes early to clear security. See here for details.
Spring Glory Courtyard Toursare being held by Parliament House, so visitors can get a personalised tour through many of the flowering courtyards within its walls. These tours, held by the tour guides of Parliament House, are run daily through Floriade at 10am, 12pm and 3pm. See here for details.
Spring Glory Courtyard Tours. Image: Parliament House Facebook
The Horticultural Society of Canberra will be holding two spring shows in October and November - the Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show (28th - 29th October) and the Spring Exhibition and Rose Show (11th - 12th November) at the Wesley Centre in Forrest. After paying a gold coin donation, walk around and admire the varieties of flowers and see who had the winning varieties. See here for details.
Open Gardens Canberrais a yearly event, where local gardeners show their unique and spectacular gardens to the public. Each weekend between 28th October - 26th November, take a walk around gardens located within the city suburbs, Jerrabomberra, Queanbeyan and in the surrounding countryside. See here for details.
Tour Rouge (Carwoola) - open between 11th - 12th November. Image: Open Gardens Facebook
One of the most enjoyable aspects of living or visiting Canberra is witnessing the beauty of the changing of seasons. Autumn brings an array of burnt oranges and yellows and spring is a waterfall of white blossoms and a rainbow of colourful tulips. If you love springtime and are looking for more stunning floral experiences, also check out the Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show, take a walk around the Australian National Botanical Gardens or enjoy a wander along Queen Elizabeth Terrace and view white blossoms dancing in the wind.
Spring - simply beautiful...
Springtime glory along Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Lake Burley Griffin