SKIPPY IN THE TULIPS – Floriade, Canberra

The Netherlands meets Australia in Canberra.

The Netherlands meets Australia in Canberra.

Our nation’s capital has a reputation for being cold. The cold makes it one of the few places in the Southern Hemisphere where tulips flourish, which means that for a few weeks each year, Canberra is in full bloom.

The Floriade Festival, on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin brings Canberra to life each spring. It’s a sort of unofficial Dutch event, so naturally Mevrouw T and I had to check it out.

It may not be the Keukenhof, but it's nearly as spectacular and far less crowded.

It may not be the Keukenhof, but it’s nearly as spectacular and far less crowded.

An Australian street organ, with a Dutch manufacturer.

An Australian street organ, with a Dutch manufacturer.

Florentijn Hofman made the rubber ducky that featured in this year's Sydney Festival. I'm guessing this is also one of his.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman made the rubber ducky that featured in this year’s Sydney Festival. I’m guessing this is also one of his.

We enjoyed the garden gnomes painted by school groups for Gnome Knoll.

We enjoyed the garden gnomes painted by school groups for Gnome Knoll…

...and the ideas for horticulture in a tiny courtyard garden.

…and the ideas for horticulture in a tiny courtyard garden.

Larger beds portrayed Canberra icons. This is our Parliamentary House of Representatives. Parsley and cabbages, no doubt fertilised with a sprinkling of bullshit.

Larger beds portrayed Canberra icons. This is our Parliamentary House of Representatives. Parsley and cabbages, no doubt fertilised with a sprinkling of bullshit.

Forget the symbolism, just look at the colours!

Forget the symbolism, just look at the colours!

...and the details...

…and the details…

...and the colour again.

…and the colour again.

Floriade 2013 runs until October 13. Entry is free during the day. Charges apply for evening events.

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9 responses to “SKIPPY IN THE TULIPS – Floriade, Canberra

  1. Good post Richard. Canberra hosted the World Tulip Summit in 2006. In 2008 it was hedld in Spalding, Lincolnshire and I got to make the opening speech and welcome all of the delrgates!

  2. I’d love to see Istanbul ‘twinned’ with Skaggit Valley, Andrew. An excellent fit, I think.

    Nice post on Spalding, though I only counted seven tulips in your photos, which doesn’t seem quite enough for a Summit. Maybe a ‘Minor Col’.

  3. Pete

    Nice shots Richard. Something special about tulips. This week we saw some beautiful tulip fields in Table Cape, Tassie. It was cold! Wish we could have them at home.

  4. Evan

    G’day, there doesn’t seem to be a general ‘G’day!’ option so I’ll write here. Just dropping you a line, Richard, re: how much I’ve enjoyed the two versions I’ve seen of ‘The Book of Everything’ in Sydney and Canberra. Lovely, moving piece of writing and for some reason I’ve been pulled up on stage at the end for both shows…hmm. Anyhoo, carry on. Best, Evan.

    • Pulled up on stage in both shows, eh? You must have a face that says, ‘Not likely to cause any trouble.’

      But thanks very much for the visit to the blog and the shows and for the encouragement.

  5. I stumbled across this while looking for other people’s pictures from Floriade – very nice (and colourful!). I thought you might like mine: http://weekimages.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/floriade.html
    and also be interested in this post I wrote: http://crouchinggiraffe.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/the-book-of-everything-adapted-by.html
    I shall keep checking in on your adventures in the blogosphere.
    Cheers
    Kate

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