The Great Big Bulb Dig

17 October

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Join us this year for The Great Big Bulb Dig!

In a new format for 2022, Floriade lovers will be able to take home a little piece of the magic this year when they take part in The Great Big Bulb Dig.

The Bulb Dig will be held on Monday 17 October from 2-6 pm, the day after Floriade closes its gates for 2022.

Entry to the Great Big Bulb Dig is via the Regatta Point and Parkes Way gates only.

Please read the Conditions of Entry below. They tell you what you can and cannot bring to the Great Big Bulb Dig.


To gain access to the Bulb Dig visitors must purchase a Great Big Bulb Dig bag from the Floriade Shop or the Information Tent on site at Floriade during the event, or at the gate on the day of the Great Big Bulb dig. The bag is your ticket to Bulb Dig, and only people carrying a Bulb Dig bag will be allowed to enter.   The bags will cost $15, and not only do Bulb Dig attendees have the chance to recreate a mini Floriade at home next spring, they will also be supporting local charities. 

All profits from the sale of the bags will go to the charities nominated by our presenting partner Synergy Group, SEE-Change and Raw Potential.

Only 5000 specially produced and branded Synergy Bulb Dig bags will be sold during the event, so get in quickly!  If you’re really keen to have your own Floriade at home next year, you can purchase as many Bulb Dig bags as you like! Just remember, you must have a bag to gain entry to Bulb Dig, and only Bulb Dig bags can be used to collect bulbs.

Also please be considerate of other Bulb Dig participants, there are over half a million bulbs in the park so there’s plenty to go around!

As you’ll be digging and using garden tools we encourage Great Big Bulb Dig participants to wear closed toe shoes for your own safety.

Bulb dig participants can only collect as many bulbs as will fit in their Great Big bulb Dig bag. If you’d like to collect more bulbs, you will be able to buy more bags on site.

Please don’t bring any of the following as we won’t be allowing them on site:

  • Trailers
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Garden carts
  • Buckets
  • Additional bags which are not Great Big Bulb Dig bags

If you have purchased a large number of bags, or you have  a mobility or other capacity issue, you may be able to bring something to carry your bulbs.. This will be assessed by Floriade event management on a case-by-case basis

Participants  will be allowed to bring tools to assist them to dig their bulbs. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Shovels
  • Garden forks
  • Hand trowels and forks
  • Secateurs

Please behave in a considerate manner towards other Great Big Bulb Dig participants. Any poor, rude, pushy or inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated and you will be asked to leave.

For the comfort, safety and enjoyment of patrons, management reserves the right to refuse entry to, or evict any person that:

  • does not comply with all directions of the staff in relation to safety and security
  • poses any threat or potential threat to public safety, or damage to the event site
  • does not conduct themselves in a polite and courteous manner towards staff, volunteers and other Bulb Dig participants and/or engages in any disruptive, drunken, disorderly or improper behaviour; and/or
  • causes any nuisance to the Territory or any other person participating in the activity
  • The event will proceed in all weather unless it is deemed to be unsafe by Events ACT for participants to be in the venue and/or participating in the activity
  • Should the event be cancelled there will be no refunds or compensation. The money collected from the sale of the bags will go the nominated charities.

Please see the information below on how to dig and care for your bulbs.


Hints on Bulb Digging

Digging Bulbs

When digging bulbs take care when removing them not to damage the bulb as this makes them prone to pests and mould. You can cut off the flowers but remember to leave the leaves and stems on the bulbs, as they need them to supply the nutrients for next season. Before you cut off the flowers when you get home you may want to group your bulbs in labelled bags so you know what you are planting next year.

Keeping Bulbs

When you get them home keep your bulbs in a cool dry place and let the leaves wither before you remove them. When the foliage is completely dry, cut it just above the bulb. Clean the dirt off gently, and throw out any bulbs that have holes, are flaking or decaying. Keep them stored in a cool, dry, bag or container, then they will be ready to plant out in March or April next year to create your own little Floriade at home next spring!


Event Info

When: Monday 17 October. 2pm-6pm.
Where: Floriade, Commonwealth Park
Tickets: $15 includes Bulb Dig Bag. Purchase from the Floriade Shop or the CRVC shop on site at Floriade during the event.

Commonwealth Park