Floriade head gardener Tim Howard

Floriade head gardener Tim Howard and his team are hard at work on the final preparations ahead of this year's festival.

18 August 2022

With just under a month to go, Floriade’s first flowers are beginning to bloom in Commonwealth Park.

Australia’s Biggest Celebration of Spring returns from Saturday 17 September to mark its 35th year with the theme ‘The Sounds of Spring’. The festival is back with a massive program of music, cultural celebrations, food, wine, gardening workshops, market stalls and more.

Floriade’s dark side, NightFest, will also return with its renowned illuminations and entertainment. It’s the best way to experience the festival at night and tickets are on sale now.

Tulips illuminated an array of colours during a previous NightFestFloriade will glow with the return of NightFest.

Head gardener Tim Howard brings 10 years of horticultural experience to his first Floriade event and is excited to see how his team’s hard work will translate into this year’s flower display.

“We’re now four weeks out from the show and we are very busy putting the final touches on our garden beds, removing the pest netting currently in place, and bringing in our pots and planter boxes that have also been prepared for the show this year,” Tim said.

“There will be over a million blooms on display at this year’s show including 470,000 blubs and 470,000 annuals located in the Commonwealth Park garden beds, 80,000 flowers in our planter boxes yet to come in and an additional 300,000 blooms in our community plantings. So, around 1.32million flowers across Canberra suburbs.”

Plants beginning to flower at Commonwealth Park for this year's Floriade Flowers beginning to emerge in the garden beds at Commonwealth Park.

“I’m most excited about our garden beds around Nerang Pool where we’ve gone with an experimental design with a patchwork of bulbs and annuals for this year’s show. It will be certainly worth checking out.” Tim said.

Floriade will be on show from Saturday 17 September to Sunday 16 October 2022. Entry to the festival is free and the gates are open from 9am to 5.30pm daily. A full program of entertainment and events is available on the Floriade website.

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