"To muse, to creep, to halt at will, to gaze ... such sweet wayfaring" William Wordsworth
I only ventured around Floriade once, a few years back, and it was during the drought. I was bitterly disappointed. Much prefer a real garden to wander through.
With Floriade you have to get your timing right, get there when the display is at its best which of course is a different time every year depending on the weather. It can be very disappointing if you go too early or too late.That said, I too prefer a real garden but none of them turn on quite the same photographic spectactular.
It is a magical garden but for only a short time