AU: The bulbs are in but crowds are out as Floriade cancelled for second year running

The bulbs have been planted in Commonwealth Park - but the usual springtime crowds will not be allowed to see them.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr on Saturday confirmed Floriade and Nightfest would be cancelled for a second year in a row, and would look similar to last year's event where flowers were distributed around the ACT.
"It's just not safe to operate large-scale events in any capacity in these circumstances," Mr Barr said. "Now, obviously, the bulbs have been planted in Commonwealth Park. And they will bloom throughout spring, but the government is discouraging large-scale gatherings at this time.
"Planter boxes and pots that were to feature in the park will instead be distributed around the ACT to accompany the 300,000 bulbs that were planted by community groups that were planted right around Canberra."

The event was due to be held from September 11 to October 10.
Bulbs have also been planted by community groups around Canberra as part of a program of suburban flower displays.

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