Floriade Community

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, an additional 300,000 bulbs and annuals have been made available for the community to plant, nurture and enjoy in 2021.

Applications for Floriade Community 2021 have closed and are now being assessed.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact: FloriadeCommunity@act.gov.au

Stay tuned for more information on our 2021 festival!

Floriade Community 2020

From hospitals and aged care homes to men’s sheds, school yards and community gardens, Floriade’s one million blooms burst out of Commonwealth Park in 2020, and into local neighbourhoods all over Canberra.

In May 2020, 275,000 tulips and annuals were distributed to over 90 community groups with the hope that they would bloom in Spring and supplement Floriade’s official floral displays. From there, the Floriade community exceeded all expectations, engaging hundreds of helpers to assist with planting, watering, weeding, and pruning to deliver a spectacular coverage of blooms across Canberra’s city and suburbs.

Read about members of the 2020 Floriade Community and their magnificent work here, with a few snippets below.

Blue Gum Preschool, Dickson

To celebrate their love of flowers, Blue Gum Preschool created a heart-shaped garden bed nestled under one of their favourite trees. Visitors also enjoyed peeping through the fence to see an extra splash of coloured bulbs throughout the garden.

Forrest Tennis Club, Forrest

The Forrest Tennis Club kept their community busy with a delightful display of 1,000 tulips and 3,000 annuals. The Gardens curved around the mini woodlands at either side of the frontage enhancing the garden experience.

Checking the bulb layout from the umpire’s chair at the Forrest Tennis Club.

Hall Village, Hall

The beautiful streets of Hall Village were on show with Floriade’s own planted wine barrels, along with a huge Floriade Community project led by the Hall Men’s Shed. 2,000 bulbs and 2,000 annuals were planted by volunteers in 80 temporary garden beds.

Sorting bulbs to be planted along the historic streets of Hall Village.

Pegasus Riding for the Disabled, Holt

Planted under flood-lit signage at the entrance to Pegasus, the beautiful blooms in this Floriade Community Garden were visible day and night for anyone passing by the front gates. From dog walkers on an evening stroll along The Bicentennial National Trail and local residents driving down Drake Brockman Drive, to participants, volunteers and staff arriving at Pegasus, the vibrant display of annuals and bulbs brought plenty of joy to the Pegasus community and residents of Holt.

Vibrant displays bloomed along the entrance to Pegasus Riding for the Disabled.

Saint Andrews Village, Hughes

The youngest Hughes Community members came together with some of their oldest community members, planting an allocation of bulbs and annuals at the Saint Andrews Village aged care home. This created a valuable partnership between the two groups which continued throughout the Floriade festival and beyond.

Alexander Maconochie Centre, Hume

In one of our most unique Floriade Community projects, detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) planted over 2,600 daffodil bulbs around their grounds. ACT Corrective Services applied to participate in the Floriade Community as part of the Cultural and Land Management program offered at the centre. The valuable program also consists of grassland tube plantings designed to improve grassland across the AMC and is part of a broader project to improve natural temperate grasslands across the Jerrabomberra Valley.

Federation Square Gold Creek, Nicholls

Floriade flags lined the streets of Gold Creek leading to a beautiful Floriade Community display by the Federation Square planting group. Home to some of the best poppies in Canberra, this sunny square alongside the spectacular Cockington Green Gardens became one of our most popular Floriade precincts. Coinciding with the second weekend of Floriade, the Gold Creek blooms created the perfect setting for the Horticultural Society of Canberra to run their Spring Bulb and Camellia Show at the Abbey Convention Centre.

BaptistCare Carey Gardens, Red Hill

With the residents of BaptistCare Carey Gardens missing their annual visit to Floriade in Commonwealth Park, the staff decided to bring the festival to them. “To lift people’s spirits, we wanted to do something special and memorable that would bring in aspects of Floriade and give the residents a taste of the community while engaging in craft and gardening activities and having something to work towards together.” Petrina Becker, Lifestyle Coordinator.

Plan-ting for royal visits at BaptistCare Carey Gardens.

Marymead’s ‘MULCH’, Stirling

This important program based at the Centre for Teaching and Learning in Stirling, was the perfect inclusion for the Floriade Community. Marymead’s Urban Land Community Harvest program (known as MULCH) is a horticultural social enterprise supporting adults with disability in a productive urban farm.

Perinatal Wellbeing Centre, Weston

Staff and volunteers at the Perinatal Wellbeing Centre chose their sun logo as a design for their Floriade Community project.

Flowers bloomed magnificently at the Perinatal Wellbeing Centre.

Yarralumla Uniting Church, Yarralumla

The entrance to Yarralumla Uniting Church featured a display of tulips and bedding annuals around a crab apple tree. This Floriade Community display included large pots of flowers around the church building as well.