Floriade flower festival to return to Commonwealth Park in 2014

More than one million bulbs are ready to bloom in Commonwealth Park for Floriade.

More than one million bulbs are ready to bloom in Commonwealth Park for Floriade.

FLORIADE returns in 2014 for its 27th year, promising yet another jam-packed program of events inspired by the theme, Passion.

Head gardener Andrew Forster has more than one million bulbs ready to bloom in Commonwealth Park, which has taken a lot of planning and preparation.

The preparation started back in February and March with the help of 25 gardeners, who marked out garden bed patterns and dug out the pathways.

This year there is a mix of bulbs - tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris, Grape Hyacinth, tritelia, pansies, violas, English daisies, poppies and chrysanthemums.

The flower beds will reflect a representation of things that people are passionate about from romance with pulsating hearts to gaming with Pac-Man and food with a cookbook.

In addition to the beautiful flower displays, visitors can pick up gardening tips, listen to musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line-up of activities.

From Wednesday September, 24 until Sunday, September 28, the flower beds will come alive for NightFest in new wacky and wonderful ways.

Go to floriadeaustralia.com.au for more information.

■The Star has a Floriade prize package to give away to a reader.

The winner will be able to step outside the walls of Floriade and discover a wealth of springtime entertainment in the nation's capital.

The package for two includes an overnight stay at the Novotel in Canberra on September 27, lunch at renowned restaurant Chairman and YIP, a Meet-a-Cheetah tour at the National Zoo and Aquarium and entry to Arcadia: Sound of the Sea at the National Portrait Gallery. For your chance to win phone 1900 915 307 and leave your name and contact details.

Calls cost 55 cents including GST and winners will be notified by telephone.

Entries close on Monday, September 1, at noon.

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