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.
An Australian street organ, with a Dutch manufacturer.
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…
…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.
Forget the symbolism, just look at the colours!
…and the details…
…and the colour again.
Floriade 2013 runs until October 13. Entry is free during the day. Charges apply for evening events.