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This year's Floriade
will also feature a
host of activities to
challenge the mind,
exercise the body
and soothe the soul.
Mind, Body and Soul
Where: Commonwealth Park
When: September 12 - October 11
Phone: 6205 0666
female act, The Mclymonts, along with
current 2009 Telstra Road to Tamworth
winner Peter McWhirter. The concert
will be held on Sunday, October 4, and
will showcase a multitude of budding
country music talent, so get ready to kick
up your heels.
The kid's creative fair will be inspired
with a jam-packed list of activities
and events to bring an extra splash of
colour to every day of the festival. The
youngsters can learn more about the
myriad of creatures in the garden at the
National Zoo and Aquarium's riveting
reptiles exhibition. The creepy crawlies,
snakes, lizards and frogs will be on
show from Wednesday, September 23
to Thursday, October 1, with handlers
running workshops on their scaly friend's
habits, and what to do if you meet one in
This year's Floriade will also feature a
host of activities to challenge the mind,
exercise the body and soothe the soul.
From sporting activities to horticultural
happenings, there won't be a dull moment
at Australia's premier celebration of spring.
The Showcase Gardens competition
is a must see, with local designers,
landscapers, horticultural students and
industry organisations creating beautiful
gardens to embrace the concept of
outdoor living and entertaining.
Regardless of whether or not you have a
greenish tinge to your thumb, local designer
and top competitor, Luke Skipper's garden
will make you feel as if you are floating a
million miles away.
Following a Feng Shui design principle,
the outdoor living space will include the
five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and
Luke's top secret design for 2009's
showcase garden is expected to be a
strong contender for the top prize, and
if his passion for what he does is any
indication, he's well on the way.
You can visit Luke's beautiful outdoor
living space in the festival's Showcase
Floriade is a perfect way to celebrate
the arrival of spring with the entire family,
so make sure you check out the best of
Canberra in bloom from September 12
through to October 11.
By Louise Irwin
QUEEN OF SOUL: Marcia Hines performs
at Floriade on Sunday, September 19.
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