Floriade: Reimagined

September 22, 2021

For the second year in a row, we’ve partnered with Floriade: Reimagined to help bring some colour and happiness to your suburb. The Floriade displays around Canberra provide inspiration for many of us looking to make the most of the spring weather, or perhaps to start our own gardens.  

Each week, we’re watering garden beds throughout the community to ensure that everyone can enjoy a piece of Floriade. Check out the Floriade Community Map to find your nearest display. You could visit it during your 4-hours of exercise. There’s nothing quite like Spring Tulips to brighten your day! 

Weekly update

Let’s Keep Canberra Beautiful 

Floriade has come to an end and this year’s tulips will slowly begin to fade. We all enjoy the vibrant displays Floriade delivers, but Canberra’s landscape isn’t defined by a single event. Our city has a rugged beauty that can’t be found anywhere else in Australia. Where other cities have sprawling concrete jungles, we’ve created a bush capital. This beauty cannot exist on its own. We need to work together if we want to preserve it. Canberra can only be green above if it’s flowing freely below. 

Pipe health is a vital piece of the Canberra puzzle. We have thousands of kilometres worth of pipe hidden beneath your feet. This infrastructure keeps the grossest parts of everyday life safely out of view. If these pipelines become blocked, they can no longer do their job and very soon all that nastiness will make its way to the surface. We need to work together to keep these pipes flowing freely. 

Wet wipes, and other garbage, cause serious blockages that disrupt our lives and tarnish Canberra’s beauty. Help us Free the Poo by only flushing the three P’s (pee, poo and toilet paper). This will let your poo flow freely from your toilet to our treatment plant. 

Working Together 

We’ve been tending to 35 different locations, from Isabella plains to Gold Creek, as part of Floriade: Reimagined. This work has been done on behalf of both Floriade and those community groups that need help with their local displays. Each week we’ve filled a tanker with 6,000 Litres of recycled water and sent it off to nourish Floriade’s gardens. 

We’re not the only ones who have worked to keep Floriade vibrant. There are some community groups who have been able to tend to their local gardens using water from their own taps. Each of these groups have received $50 rebates on their quarterly water bills, to help cover the cost of their contribution. 

Floriade: Reimagined was only possible because we pulled together as a community. You can’t beat that Canberra spirit! 

If you use wet wipes, just bin them. 

Each year Floriade’s staff put in the work to make their gardens thrive. As a result, these beautiful displays have become an iconic piece of Canberra. Has Floriade inspired you to create your own luscious garden bed? Check out the videos below to learn some of the basics. 

Caring for Floriade's flower beds

We can’t be everywhere at once, so to make sure Floriade’s displays stay healthy we’ve reached out to the Outdoor People. These contractors have been watering the gardens on our behalf. Check out the video below to see what Dean has to say about watering the gardens beds around Canberra! 


We need to be mindful when watering our gardens 

We all know that water is an essential part of what makes a garden flourish. What you may not know is that outdoor water use accounts for around 40% of the average household’s water consumption. That’s why it’s worth considering the amount of water you use on your garden each day. Particularly with summer approaching, it’s important to identify ways to keep your water use down. Our permanent water conservation measures help ensure Canberrans have enough water year-round.