We’re sorry to say that Floriade and NightFest will not proceed in Commonwealth Park in 2021 due to ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks both in the ACT and in surrounding NSW.
Canberrans are still able to enjoy bursts of spring colour throughout the city and suburbs, with over 400 planter boxes and pots that were destined for Commonwealth Park now redistributed throughout the community as part of Floriade: Reimagined. The boxes and pots, containing over 60,000 blooms, are brightening the city and supplementing the 300,000 bulbs and annuals already planted by schools, community groups and organisations as part of Floriade Community.
Floriade fans residing in Canberra and approved surrounding postcodes under the standing exemption are permitted to view Floriade: Reimagined and Floriade Community plantings.
The flowers are blooming in Commonwealth Park so if you’re outside enjoying your approved hours of exercise in the park please remember to use the Check In CBR app and abide by public health directions. There are Check In CBR QR codes located at different entrances to Commonwealth Park.
The Floriade: Reimagined and Floriade Community planted sites can be found on our interactive map. All Floriade fans are asked to abide by public health directions and avoid gathering.
Floriade Community was introduced in 2020 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.
Following the overwhelmingly positive community response, Floriade Community returned again in 2021 with an additional 300,000 bulbs and annuals that were distributed to 100 schools, community groups and organisations to plant in their local area for the community to enjoy. The Floriade: Reimagined and Floriade Community planted sites can be found on our interactive map.
You can see bursts of spring colour across the city in a variety of locations, including town centres and local shopping centres, hospitals, and testing and vaccination sites. Take a look at our interactive map of Canberra to find out where all the Floriade: Reimagined planter boxes and pots are located.
This year, you can also experience Floriade from home as we bring the beauty of mother nature to you through a video tour of Commonwealth Park.
The video tours will be available on the website later this month.
The Floriade team has been capturing the beauty of the flowers in Commonwealth Park and in the community for you to enjoy from the safety of your own home. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram or check out the image gallery of Commonwealth Park and the Floriade: Reimagined sites on the Floriade homepage. You can also enjoy seeing what our Floriade Community members are up to in the community gallery.
This year, you can also experience Floriade through a video tour of Commonwealth Park. The video tour will be available on the website later this month.
The Floriade team is encouraging all Canberrans to follow the advice of the Chief Health Officer throughout spring regarding leaving their area to drive around Canberra and view the flowers. For further updates on the COVID situation please visit the ACT Health website.
Team Floriade is all about our furry friends. If you’re out visiting Commonwealth Park, a Floriade: Reimagined or Floriade Community site, remember that dogs must remain on a leash and owners are responsible for behaviour cleaning up after their pet.
As our blooms are only here for a short time, we want them to be enjoyed by all! We know they look comfy and welcoming to our four-legged friends, but please keep your pets out of the garden beds and on the path.
A lot of love and care goes into looking after our blooms. If you see a garden bed that needs some TLC, let us know! Send a photo of the site to us via DM on Facebook or Instagram, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject ‘Floriade’.
We’re sorry to say that Floriade in Commonwealth Park has come to an end for 2021. The park, However, we’re pleased to share that Floriade: Reimagined will be staying in place for a little longer!
The Floriade: Reimagined planter boxes, pots and wheelbarrows will remain in place until Sunday 24 October 2021 and will begin to be removed from this weekend when they’ll be returned to the nursery and prepared for next year’s plantings.
If you have enjoyed seeing the Floriade Community garden beds around town, you may be able to catch them for a few more weeks. Whilst the community plantings were officially in place until 17 October, each community group looks after their own little plot of land and will determine how long their flowers will stay in place. We suspect that all the community groups are loving their flowers as much as you are and will want to keep them around for as long as they are still in bloom!
The locations of the planter boxes and pots and the Floriade Community and Floriade: Reimagined plantings can be found here.
be able to catch them for a few more weeks. Whilst the community plantings were officially in place until 17 October, each community group looks after their own little plot of land and will determine how long their flowers will stay in place. We suspect that all the community groups are loving their flowers as much as you are and will want to keep them around for as long as they are still in bloom!
The groups will also be receiving information on how to look after their bulbs after they die down so that where possible, they can either stay in place or be lifted and replanted for next year. See where all the Floriade Community Gardens are located on our interactive map.
We’re pleased to share that the Floriade Reimagined planter boxes, pots and wheelbarrows will remain in place until Sunday 24 October 2021. They’ll then be returned to the nursery and prepared for next year’s plantings. See where all the Floriade Reimagined plantings are located on our interactive map.
Commonwealth Park will be closed to the public from 7pm on Sunday the 17th of October and will remain closed until the 15th of November. While we had plans to share some of the bulbs with the community at the conclusion of Floriade, unfortunately with public health restrictions still in place that won’t be possible this year. And, due to the large scale remediation works required to return Commonwealth Park back to the NCA, we don’t have enough time for the bulbs to remain in the ground to feed themselves for next year. So this means we can’t re-use the bulbs as there is no guarantee they will re-sprout.
While we had plans for a huge bulb dig at the end of Floriade, unfortunately, we were unable to offer that this year with COVID restrictions on large gatherings still in place at the time.