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Floriade to return to Commonwealth Park and the suburbs

Canberra’s annual celebration of spring, Floriade will celebrate its 34th year with its return to Commonwealth Park plus another burst of colour in town centres and suburbs across Canberra.

Woden Valley Childcare Centre was one of many organisations to take part in ‘Floriade Community’ during pandemic restrictions last year.

‘Floriade Community’ was introduced last year as part of Floriade: Reimagined and saw more than 80 community groups plant bulbs and annuals to help create a tulip trail through Canberra’s suburbs.

In a statement, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said ‘Floriade Community’ was welcomed by the community and the government committed to continuing it. This year there will be an additional 300,000 bulbs and annuals available for the community to plant and enjoy.

For locals and visitors alike, Floriade will also return to Commonwealth Park from 11 September – 10 October with a spectacular floral display of over 1,000,000 bulbs and annuals.

Mr Barr said Floriade’s return to its home in Commonwealth Park will help drive visitation to the city and support local jobs and the ACT economy.

He said the scale and format of Floriade at Commonwealth Park will be announced in coming months following consultation with the Chief Health Officer, to ensure the event is COVID-safe.

To support Floriade Community, the ACT Government is now calling on community groups and organisations to submit applications to be part of the program in 2021.

Local community groups, attractions, sporting clubs, churches, aged care facilities, medical centres and Floriade sponsors are among the groups eligible to apply. Locations must be visible to a large number of Canberrans who can enjoy the blooms in their day-to-day life and could include garden beds at local shops, churches or community centres.

Successful applicants will also be eligible for Floriade grants to help activate their plantings and spread the spring festivities across Canberra during Australia’s biggest celebration of spring.

Floriade plantings at the Carillon in 2020. Photo: Kerrie Brewer

Applications must be submitted by Sunday 9 May. Go to www.floriadeaustralia.com for more information and to apply.

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