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Quirky, colourful Canberra events turn Spring into Australia's BIG celebration

September 10, 2014
Quirky, colourful Canberra events turn Spring into Australia's BIG celebration

Canberra is home to Australias biggest celebration of Spring, the 27th Floriade Festival, in Commonwealth Park from September 13 to October 12. reports that preparation for this years garden design started back in February with the help of about 25 gardeners to mark out garden bed patterns and dig out all the pathways. The first bulbs were planted in early April and continued until the end of May.

The mix of bulbs and flowers, including tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinth, pansies, violas, poppies and chrysanthemums, were chosen from the Floriade design team based on their ability to last for the whole 30 days of Floriade. They also use parsley and kale to achieve contrasting colours, texture and green coverage.

This years flower beds reflect a literal representation of things that people are passionate about including romance, hobbies, nature, fashion, music and mythology. There are also beds that reflect a love for sports, gaming, automotives, art and food.

The ticketted twilight event Floriade NightFest is in its seventh year and runs from September 24 to 28 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Floriade glows as creative lighting bathes garden beds, pond waters and trees throughout Commonwealth Park. DJs Music and comedians add to the creative experience. Canberra chef Claude Fremy continues his cooking demonstrations into the evening at NightFest.

Visitors can learn the art of successful home brewing with Floriades School of Beer and find The Perfect Match when it comes to cheese. the sensory path is open with spices and herbs, and there is an option to master the art of martini making.

A master distiller will create different flavoured gins by using a range of different botanicals, or taste luscious honey collected from the region.

Canberras Capital Region Farmers Market celebrates10 successful years of operation this year. Market manager Tamara Arnold said the idea for the market was born back in 2003 by some members of the Rotary Club of Hall.

The very first Capital Region Farmers Market was held in March 2004 with just 18 stalls and about 1000 customers. Today, the Capital Region Farmers Market is still managed by the not-for-profit Rotary Club of Hall with almost 200 registered stallholders, hosting about 100 stalls and welcoming more than 5000 customers every Saturday.

The Capital Region Farmers Market is on Saturdays from 7.30am to noon at Exhibition Park In Canberra (EPIC) in the suburb of Mitchell.

On Sundays the Old Bus Depot Markets (pictured below) run from 10am to 4pm in Kingston.

Green Savvy Sunday is on September 21 at Old Bus Depot Markets.

On the first Sunday of each month Hall Markets operate from 10am to 3pm, in Hall.

On the third Sunday of each month Bungendore Markets are open from 9am to 3pm in Bungendore.

Handmade Market is at the National Convention Centre from October 4 to 5.

Stories of the powerful bonds and enduring relationships that have formed between Australians and their horses are the focus on the National Museum of Australias new equine exhibition, Spirited: Australias Horse Story from 11 September.

Senior curator Martha Sear said the concept for the exhibition was inspired in part by the museums rich collections of horse-related items.

It partly came from the fact that many of us at the museum noted that the collection was really strong in relation to horse history, she said. And we knew from talking to visitors and people in the community that the horse was an animal that had touched many peoples lives.

Discover a variety of experiences including viewing a series of exhibits that explore the ways humans and horses understand each other, interactive experiences, and an extended equine encounter beyond the exhibition, into the Museums galleries to discover treasures like Phar Laps heart and the Sunshine stripper-harvester.

Ms Sear said Spirited will be a fun and engaging exhibition for families with free entry for children, a childrens trail and a specially designed family activity area.

Editors Note: Words and pictures courtesy

Nightfest  creative lighting
Nightfest creative lighting

Waves of beauty.
Waves of beauty.
Old Bus Depot Markets.
Old Bus Depot Markets.
A few words about Floriade
A few words about Floriade
Busy Capital Region Farmers Market.
Busy Capital Region Farmers Market.