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HELLO SPRING! And here’s the Top 10 floral experiences at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: it’s all about Petal Power!!!

September 2, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

Petal Power. Flower Power. Floral Fuel. Whatever the descriptor, if it’s related to flowers in Spring then it’s at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and it starts in TWO WEEKS!

It’s a hard task, but we have listed the top 10 floral experiences, so you don’t miss a thing, not one single petal!

Grand Central Floral Parade 

Saturday, 16 September at 3pm

Think spectacular giant floral floats, entertainers and more cruising down Toowoomba’s city streets against a backdrop of more than 100,000 people and you can see why the Grand Central Floral Parade is one of the Carnival’s hallmark events. Then when the parade is over head to the Godsall Street Oval where the flowers, fruit and veggies that decorated the floats are on sale.

Tour Toowoomba’s Parks!

An absolute must during the Carnival are Toowoomba’s spectacular parks, all alive with colour. Did you know: Queens Park has been planted with 40,000 Annuals and 8,000 Bulbs; Laurel Bank Park with 68,000 Annuals and 10,500 Bulbs; Picnic Point with 26,000 Annuals; the CBD (Ruthven/Margaret Streets) with 6,500 Annuals and 1,500 Bulbs and Newtown Park, Vera Lacaze, Chalk Drive with 11,000 Annuals, and on Spring Bluff, 8,000 Annuals. You can go at your own pace or join a tour, there’s plenty!

Japanese Garden Ju Raku En

Throughout the festival

One of Toowoomba’s most tranquil and spectacular spots, Ju Raku En is three hectares of stunning beauty, and one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll gardens. Wander the three kilometres of pathways showcasing 230 species of Japanese and Australian plants. It’s an experience not to be missed. 

The Private Gardens

Friday, 15 September – Sunday, 24 September

Throughout the Carnival, The Chronicle Garden Competition entrants will be open for inspection. Spectacular gardens all designed and tended to by Toowoomba locals are on display. They are truly inspirational and a must see during any visit to the Carnival. Times and tours are on the website.

Harrow Homestead and Garden

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September AND Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September

Get your flower fix at this private grand garden and homestead which is home to the most picturesque, story-book worthy grounds which include a 50 metre rose arbour, water-lily filled lake and blooming garden beds.

Hanging Basket Display

Friday, 15 September – Sunday, 24 September

Who would have thought hanging baskets could be so rich in variety, colour and creativity? This exhibition of 60 of the loveliest hanging baskets of floral creations and artisan displays, is on show at the Cobb + Co Museum. 

The Exhibition Gardens

Friday, 15 September – Sunday, 24 September

Celebrate the pure love of flowers, gardening and all things horticultural at The Chronicle Exhibition Gardens. The specially selected Exhibition Gardens are chosen because they are so unique and creative that they deserve a special show all of their own. Be inspired, and perhaps learn a tip or two, at the five private gardens selected as Toowoomba’s finest for 2017.

Twilight Tours

Monday, 18 September – Thursday 21 September

The magnificent grounds of the Laurel Bank Park will come alive after dark and you can see the spectacular blooms by moonlight on a Twilight Tour which will reveal the secret world of plants at night, as well as what goes on behind the scenes to create this picture-perfect park.

Laurel Bank Park

Throughout the festival

Close your eyes and enjoy the strongest scented flowers you’ve ever experienced in Laurel Bank Park’s special garden that was created by the Downs Association for the Blind. While you’re there check out the topiary caterpillar and train shapes and feature floral displays.

 Community Floral Events

Throughout the carnival

Away from the well-known parks and gardens in Toowoomba, the Garden City has a fabulous array of floral experiences you can sniff out and enjoy including special events and exhibitions like the St Luke’s Flower and Music Festival, Orchid or Clivia Society Shows and the Bonsai Group Show are just a few on offer.

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