We explored the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore near Yarralumla Bay. Although not officially part of the Floriade trail, I quite enjoy this area.
This is a historic house built in 1927 by Harry Calthorpe in a Spanish Mission style and remains relatively unchanged. There are some nice flowers here in the garden, but they are not part of the official Floriade displays.
This is one of the three lookout points for Canberra (the other two being Black Mountain and Ainslie Hill), and the one closest to Parliament House. We saw a few magpies here. The road up here is fairly windy but there are almost 360 degree views around South Canberra.
Again, not many flowers here, except in some tulips in a garden bed next to the entrance ramp, and a bed of mostly yellow/green flowers near the entrance ramp.
This is a rather imposing Catholic church with an attached primary school. Not many flowers on display here, only near the entrance.
The Floriade display at the entrance sign to the shopping centre features a gnome amongst sheep grazing on 196 square metres of Floriade bulbs and annuals.
The Kambah Community Garden is located near the Kambah District Park which also has remnants of the old Kambah homestead. Unfortunately, the garden was closed when we visited, but we did speak to two community gardeners just as they were leaving. We also had a quick look at the historic woolshed that used to be part of the homestead.
Tuggeranong Uniting Church Erindale has four garden beds at the upper end of Comrie Street associated with the Erindale Neighbourhood Centre and the Erindale Neighbourhood Garden.
The garden is planted under a magnificent old Gum Tree in a raised garden bed with 2500 mixed tulip bulbs spaced throughout the garden. A similar number of violas, pansies and daisies have then been planted over the tulips in a keyboard pattern wrapping around the edge of the garden with some poppies forming an island in the middle around some bottle brushes.
The garden bed at Good Shepherd Community Church is a circular bed divided into eight wedges – four wedges of bulbs and four wedges of annuals. There were a couple of annuals which didn’t fit into the wedges so they were planted in front of the rock wall sign nearby.