Two much fun to be had in Floriade: Reimagined’s second week

The floral festivities officially kicked off last week with the tulip trail blooming to life across the capital. Take yourself on a city-wide gnome hunt before our gnomey friends are hidden amongst the blooms.

The second week of Floriade: Reimagined will see Canberrans enjoy a unique book club experience, a podcast delving into the world of edible flowers, photography workshops, children’s entertainment and more.

Whether you’re a Canberra local or here in spirit, there are lots of ways to bring the magic of Floriade into your gardens. Shop up a storm on the virtual marketplace and enjoy on demand videos, workshops and activities.

Trek the tulip trail

Think you know Floriade? Think again! Floriade has been reimagined this year. One million blooms have left their home in Commonwealth Park to create a tulip trail across Canberra. Experience a touch of Floriade at more than 130 locations, planted by Floriade’s horticulture team and over 90 community groups. Canberrans can enjoy the colour of local pride on their way home, grabbing a coffee or spending time with friends and family.

Explore the tulip trail with Floriade: Reimagined’s interactive map until Sunday 11 October.

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Picture perfect poppies captured by simplycheecky.

Freshen up your spring style with the marketplace

Stock up on locally designed products and support small Canberra businesses at Floriade: Reimagined’s virtual marketplace. Fashionistas will be delighted by jewellery from local designers, including Bopdotz’ minimalist silver designs and Polka Luka’s contemporary resin pieces. Why not order a bespoke outfit from Flow Yoga Wear or sustainable clothes made from the yarn of alpacas with Ashculme Textiles?

Flower fans will also be able to pick up Floriade: Reimagined inspired face masks created by local company OTG Custom Apparel – one design even features Floyd the Gnome. Be sure to pick up souvenirs including mugs, caps, bags, tea towels and posters from the Floriade Shop to remember the year that Floriade was reimagined.

Enjoy the taste and style of Canberra’s spring celebration delivered straight to your door until Sunday 11 October at floriadeaustralia.com.

Tune into a book club with a difference

Join Dan Bourchier as he chats to local personalities including Lauren Dubois, former political journalist and author of the uniquely honest parenting book You Will (Probably) Survive, ABC Radio Canberra Breakfast host Lish Fejer, sustainability entrepreneur Sophia Hamblin Wang, and leader in sustainability Dr Kate Ringvall. Discover their favourite books, but with a classic Floriade twist.

Join the audience for the live taping of Let’s Talk with Dan Bourchier – Book Club at 1pm on Saturday 19 September – book your free ticket now as spots are limited.

Lauren Dubois, Lish Fejer, Sophia Hamblin Wang and Dr Kate Ringvall.

Teach your young Floriade fans about art

Learn about the fascinating world of art with musical trio, The Beanies. Tune in to the second of four interactive episodes that are sure to inspire young Floriade fans with big imaginations. Meet local Canberra artist Paul Summerfield, who is one of the creative geniuses behind Floriade: Reimagined’s colouring-in sheets. You can paint some artwork of your very own or build you’re own gnome with the DIY Gnome at Home kit.

Keep your gardens green with free, on demand workshops

Make the most of a wide range of Floriade Life workshops to keep your gardens green and minds inspired. You will discover everything from composting to flower arranging. Ever wonder what on earth companion planting is? Join local horticulturist and Canberra Weekly gardening writer Tracey Bool as she explains the benefits of companion planting, how to start and other handy tips.

Learn about edible flowers with the Floriade: Reimagined podcast

Ever wondered if flowers taste as good as they look? Or how to make the most of your green thumbs in the kitchen? Join host Ashley Feraude as he explores the world of edible flowers with Lish Fejer and Linda Brennan in the second episode the of the Floriade: Reimagined podcast series. Subscribe to make sure you get access to each weekly episode.

Floriade: Reimagined podcast episode 2 explores edible flowers.

Capture spring through your camera lens

Capture the colours and beauty of spring with Floriade: Reimagined’s photography workshops. Learn how to capture the delicate nature of flowers, capture the morning light and compose the perfect scene. Run by leading Canberra photographers, Geoff Comfort and Ben Kopilow, this year’s workshops will be delivered in small, in-person groups and are available at two different Canberra venues – Cockington Green Gardens and Lanyon Homestead.

Held every Saturday during the festival from 7am to 9am. Workshops are $55 per person – book your session now.

Photography workshops held every Saturday during the festival from 7am to 9am. Workshops are $55 per person – book your session now.

Explore the full Floriade: Reimagined program.

Remember, it is everyone’s responsibility to follow the health advice and do what we can to ensure we keep ourselves and the community safe. All Floriade and NightFest fans are asked to avoid large crowds, keep 1.5m apart whenever possible, maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene, stay home if unwell and get tested if any COVID-19 symptoms are experienced.

A Public Health Emergency has been declared in the ACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

The traditional Floriade festival in Commonwealth Park is not proceeding. Learn how the festival has been reimagined this year. Read more.