Cathie Morant was a longtime volunteer at Floriade until she became legally blind in 2011.
While her more recent trips to the Spring festival aren't quite the same, she's now able to experience its beauty in a unique and powerful way, through the Royal Society for the Blind's (RSB) sensory tours.
Visitors with various levels of blindness as well as some fully-sighted people were given verbal descriptions of the different flower beds, utilising all of the senses where possible.
"When I lost my vision I thought things like this wouldn't be possible anymore and I certainly couldn't come here on my own, so I'm very grateful to the society for organising this annual visit. It means a lot to me," Ms Morant said.
She said these types of opportunities are crucial because it's easy to become isolated after losing vision.
Isla Smith from the RSB tried enjoying Floriade wearing vision-impairing glasses, which they give to some sighted people in the tour for a unique sensory experience.
"It was really scary, even though I work for a blindness agency. Being forced to use all my other senses without a sense we rely so heavily on was really confronting," she said.
Through relying mainly on touch and smell, she realised how much we depend on our vision to interpret our surroundings and how heavily we take it for granted.
"And all I was doing was sniffing flowers. Try getting on a bus, coming in here, navigating through all the crowds, finding the stalls, it's a lot to do," she said.
RSB Service Coordinator Rebecca Jones hopes people with vision impairments can enjoy events such as Floriade more often, by including audio narrations permanently.
"Something like the earpiece and the verbal description they have at the National Gallery would really encourage people to get out more," she said.
"Or even having braille representations of what the display looks like so they can feel it, just having the information in an accessible format."
She hopes sighted people who participated in the tour realised Floriade is not just about vision, but also sounds, smells and feelings, and that they develop an awareness of how engrossing yet challenging the experience can be.