Attending Floriade for the second time and dressed for the occasion was Tina Song, of Civic, who moved to Canberra three years ago from China. Click for more photos

Floriade's opening weekend

Attending Floriade for the second time and dressed for the occasion was Tina Song, of Civic, who moved to Canberra three years ago from China. Photo: Melissa Adams

  • Attending Floriade for the second time and dressed for the occasion was Tina Song, of Civic, who moved to Canberra three years ago from China.
  • Attending Floriade for the second time and dressed for the occasion was Tina Song, of Civic, who moved to Canberra three years ago from China.
  • At the Floriade launch on Friday, fashion designer Leona Edmiston taking in the sunshine.
  • Large crowds attended the second day of Floriade.
  • At the Floriade launch on Friday, author Bryce Courtenay with wife Christine Gee taking a look at the flowers as a performing artist walks by.
  • At the Floriade launch on Friday, Rachel Evagelov poses in her flowery frock.
  • At the Floriade launch on Friday, Rachel Evagelov (left) and Laurie McDonald in the flowery frocks.
  • At the Floriade launch on Friday, fashion designer Leona Edmiston and gardener Jamie Durie helping a model walk carefully through the garden beds.
  • At the Floriade launch on Friday, fashion designer Leona Edmiston and gardener Jamie Durie helping a model walk carefully through the garden beds.
  • At the Floriade launch on Friday, fashion designer Leona Edmiston getting amongst the flower beds.
  • At the Floriade launch on Friday, fashion designer Leona Edmiston getting amongst the flowers.
  • At the Floriade launch on Friday, fashion designer Leona Edmiston alongside Floriade's performing artists on stilts.
  • At the Floriade launch on Friday, author Bryce Courtenay and wife Christine Gee taking a look at the flowers as a performing artists walks by.

Dressed in florals for the occasion, Tina Song was one of the many locals who flocked to the opening weekend of Floriade yesterday.

Events ACT marketing manager Adelina La Vita said the annual festival of flowers attracted more than 421,000 people in 2011 and organisers hoped to smash that number this year.

‘‘We’ve got a lot of people going through the gates,’’ she said.

While no official visitor figures are available yet, Ms La Vita said the considerable crowds on site enjoyed everything from wine tasting and cooking demonstrations to the bonsai display and petting zoo – as well as the odd bit of celebrity spotting.

‘‘We’ve had Jamie Durie onsite,’’ she said.

‘‘We also had the Passion for Fashion exhibition, where people could see all these beautiful dresses made out of flowers and leaves.’’