Spring is in the air and the whole of Canberra is looking forward to the spectacular that is Floriade, which will be held between 15th September - 14th October. Floriade isn't the only spring celebration in the city however, with a host of spring events, tours and activities planned at our own Parliament House. The iconic building at Capital Hill has a whole team of horticulturists, gardeners and landscapers who spend their year tending to the gardens and courtyards within the building so that they best represent the changing seasons in the Capital.
This spring, Parliament House will be opening up their doors and giving the public a sneak peek into some of the private courtyards within the building, to show off their amazing array of floral displays in bloom. Join a tour and hear stories about who have visited the gardens, the unique plantings and the reasons why there are so many water features! Check out the events below and book in early to secure your place, at Canberra's other spring celebration.
1/ Spring Tea in the Courtyards will be held on 22nd and 23rd September, with guests enjoying a glass of bubbly and sweet and savoury delicacies created by their Executive Chef. Sit in the blossoming courtyards with your favourite friends, and enjoy this unique opportunity within the walls of Parliament House. The menu includes mouth-watering delicacies such as Quail egg benedict with black truffle, pecan crumble scones, lemon coconut indulgence and berry delicious tart. This special event will be held between 11:30am - 1:30pm on both days, at a cost of $75 per person, plus booking fee. See here for booking details.
2/ Spring Courtyard Tours will be held between 26th September - 14th October, with the opportunity to walk through the courtyards with a guide and escape into a quieter, leafier parts of the building. Listen to stories and witness the glorious blossoms of each courtyard. Tours will be held between 10am - 11am and 2pm - 3pm, at a cost of $25 per adult and $20 per child, plus booking fee. See here for booking details.
3/ Meet The Gardener Tours are hugely popular each spring, with the opportunity to walk with one of the gardeners and hear, in depth, how they look after the gardens and even get some tips for your own garden! The tour finishes with morning/afternoon tea at Queen's Terrace Café, so you can continue to relax and enjoy the Parliament House environment. The Meet The Gardener Tours will be held on two days only on 23rd September and 14th October, at 10am - 12:30pm and 1pm - 3:30pm. Tickets cost $60 per person ($50 concession), plus booking fee. See here for booking details.
When visitors come to Canberra, Parliament House is usually at the top of everyone's list of places to see, at any time of the year. It is a fascinating building to explore, with history and tradition engrained into every wall, artwork and architectural feature. If you have a green thumb in particular, or just enjoy the splendour of spring, Parliament House in spring is a highlight of any visit, to appreciate the colour and variety of springtime blossoms all around the building. Book your tickets early to these colourful events and then relax and look forward to the beauty (and warmth!) of spring.
Spring at Parliament House really is, a stunning floral celebration not to be missed.
After your visit, spend some time in the Formal Gardens to the side of Parliament House - open 365 days a year to the public (see article below)