(from left) The Salvation Army Public Relations Secretary David McMurray (Major), Volunteer Fenji Stradwick with her dog Miley, and Salvation Army Regional Manager for Doorways ACT and Southern NSW Donna Fraser.

09 September 2020

Floriade has been reimagined with the annual spring celebration moving from its traditional home in Commonwealth Park to bloom across Canberra.

One million bulbs and annuals will create a tulip trail through the ACT’s suburbs and city. Featuring floral plantings by the Floriade: Reimagined horticulture team and more than 90 Canberra community groups, this year’s festival allows the community to enjoy spring blooms every day.

Experience a touch of Floriade at more than 130 locations with the tulip trail – there are lots of great locations in Central Canberra.

Central Canberra residents can start their tulip trail at Salvation Army Headquarters, located at 2-4 Brisbane Avenue, Barton.

The headquarters have designed their garden bed to incorporate the word HOPE, and they’re challenging you to find it.

Salvation Army Regional Manager for Doorways ACT and Southern NSW Donna Fraser said the garden was designed in the hope that everyone is safe in the community, and to encourage Canberrans to be mindful that there is always hope.

“Sometimes we become quite overwhelmed with what’s going on around us, that we lose focus with what is around us. There is always hope, there are always community sectors, connecting with friends and having faith. Everywhere you go, look for hope,” she said.

Salvation Army also donated plants to the Mountain View Aged Care Facility, where they were being used to inspire memories in stroke patients.

“We delivered tulips, pansies, and poppies … That’s the age group where poppies are very significant to our elderly and we wanted to bring beautiful colour, joy, and hope to them,” Donna said.

Once you’ve finished seeking out that special word, why not head to some of Canberra’s cultural institutions, where you can breathe in the beautiful aromas of the flowers.

Visitors can experience pops of floral colour at the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House and the National Library of Australia.

Why not grab a coffee at Green Square, Kingston where you will find more beautiful blooms? While you’re in the neighbourhood, head down to Giles Street to see the colours of Floriade: Reimagined on display.

For more information on the tulip trail, visit

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