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Bugs and Blooms inspiring Floriade kids

Emma Macdonald

Foraged flotsam becomes fauna and flora.

Children taking part in Canberra’s annual flower-fest can learn some important lessons in recycling and creativity during a Bugs + Blooms workshop at Floriade 2017 this spring.

Encouraged to create whimsical insects and flowers from recycled materials for the sculptural Rejuvenation Garden at #DonateRejuvenate House, kids can let their imaginations run wild, whilst learning about the importance of up-cycling ordinary household items.

Working alongside local artists, children will have the opportunity to experience the joy of donating an insect or flower to Rejuvenation Garden plus take a creation home.


Photography courtesy of GIVIT.

The special workshops are run by GIVIT, which is a nationally successful charity setting up in the ACT, and supported by the ACT Government.

GIVIT allows charities to match need with specific donations, sourcing valuable second-hand goods for people in need.

Award-winning charity founder Juliette Wright was delighted to be a Floriade charity partner and hoped to get Canberrans on board with her work – noting more than 22,000 Canberrans are currently living in poverty.

“I’m incredibly excited to be officially launching GIVIT into the ACT and the partnership with Floriade is the perfect opportunity to encourage people to have a look around their homes at the items they’re not using any more and list them on our website,” she said.

“For Australia’s biggest celebration of Spring, I’d love to see the people of the ACT have a spring clean and turn it into a celebration of giving too.”

The children’s activities meanwhile would put the focus on making use of recycled materials for the sake of art. With workshops limited to accompanied children seven years old and up, the program is also sponsored by Wellspring Environmental Arts & Design, which is a Canberra-based partnership creating original landscapes, public artworks and community projects.

Bugs + Blooms workshops will use recycled, safe and clean plastics and other materials to create fantastic flowers and creatures, while sharing design ideas with participants. By creatively ‘upcycling,’ the workshops will highlight our collective responsibility to use less, and recycle more in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment.

By using everyday materials in new ways, we open our minds to the huge potential in the things often discarded. Besides, it’s fun!

the essentials

What: Bugs+Blooms workshops
When: From Saturday the 23 September to Sunday the 8 October every day at 11am and 1pm
Where: Floriade, Commonwealth Park, Acton
Cost: Tickets are $20.40 each and can be bought here.


Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald has been writing about Canberra and its people for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for her journalism - including a Walkley or two - along the way. Canberra born and bred, she’s fiercely loyal to the city, tribally inner-north, and relieved the rest of the country is finally recognising Canberra’s cool and creative credentials. More about the Author