What does a flower grower in North Queensland have in common with swimming sensation Liesel Jones and the ‘ballet dancer’, Scott Martin?

Who can forget the images beamed into our lounge rooms (and millions of others around the world) of gold medal winners and heroes of the recent Commonwealth Games, swathed in their national flag and waving that unforgettable bouquet of flowers. A bouquet that captured the imagination of the world, featuring a combination of Australian native and cultivated flowers and grasses. Over the course of the Games a total of 1,277 bouquets were presented to medallists.

Interflora’s winning design was a triumph for the flower growers of North Queensland who had the job of supplying the bulk of the striking tropical heliconias. The Commonwealth Games also provided the opportunity for North Queensland flower growers to showcase to the world the diversity and wonder of their anthuriums, heliconias and mini gerberas reflecting the lush greens, deep reds and oranges of the tropics.

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