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Australian flower show goes on for Queen's visit

by webdev

October 20, 2011

The annual Floriade flower festival in Canberra, Australia, has ended, but organizers opened the gates for Queen Elizabeth when she came to visit during her 10-day Australian tour, the Telegraph reports.

Hundreds of poppies, irises, daffodils and other spring flowers were on display at the show, because the of the continents location in the southern hemisphere. The show was likely a welcome break for the Queen, whose home country of England is now shrouded in fall flowers such as aster flowers and sunflowers.

In addition to spring blooms, the Floriade show featured ranunculus, English daisies, Dutch iris and chrysanthemums, the news source reports.

"It is looking fabulous, our team of expert gardeners have cleaned it up to make it look beautiful and present it how a Queen would like to see it," head gardener Andrew Forster told the news source.

The Floriade is the southern hemisphere's biggest flower show and boasts more than 1 million blooms each year.

Forster told the news source that the Queen was interested in the flowers and the way they were mass planted, and was impressed by the way the poppies were spread out but thick. 

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