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Furious tulips - time for Floriade to get angry

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One of my many disappointments with Floriade (over and above its worst sin, the bogan-delighting vulgarity of its lurid colours) is the way in which its themes are always so conservatively bland.

An extravaganza that (inexplicably) attracts such flocks (and I use that word advisedly) of patrons (2018's floral orgy attracted 480,540 folk) could do so much GOOD in the world if only it had a heart, if it evangelised, if it got angry, if it took sides.

Floriade attracted 480,540 visitors in 2018. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

But it never does, and next Floriade's just-announced theme of World In Bloom continues Floriade's vanilla tradition of passionless, stand-for-nothing themes.

The wider nation, the wider world both bristle with urgent causes great and small that cry out for some promotion, some thought-propagating discussion. Why not, I seethe, a Global Warming Floriade that speaks up florally about our planet's plight, its beds evangelising against climate change deniers (I see a satirical portrait of Tony Abbott made from the ugliest possible tulips), against........

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