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August 16, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

Think London’s Chelsea Flower Shower, but super-sized!  Now in its 68th year, Australia’s longest running floral show, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (15-24 September), also arguably has the largest blooming footprint on the planet. An event that spans a whopping 1,181 hectares!

Sure, London’s Chelsea Flower Show might be the most prestigious on Earth and, while the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show stakes its claim as the largest horticulture event in the southern hemisphere (taking over the city’s 26-hectare Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Centre), Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers still weighs in with the grandest footprint.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, in Surrey, UK, once thought to be the biggest of them all, covers just 14 hectares. Not even US big gun, Texas, overtakes Toowoomba; its annual Dallas Blooms pushes 27 hectares.

In fact, Toowoomba Regional Council takes the carnival so seriously it invested in a seed planting machine, saving at least 1,000 work hours in the task of raising 190,000 seedlings for the event, including 17,000 grown in pots. Many of the resulting blooms will feature on Grand Central Floral Parade floats.

So, pack your walking (&party) shoes because the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is EXACTLY ONE MONTH AWAY!!

Following months of preparation – not least being the planting of 160,000 annuals and 20,000 bulbs – and with a 2017 Australian Tourism Awards ‘gold’ (Major Festivals and Events category) under its belt, the 10-day carnival is set to burst into a riot of colour and fun.

Not purely for the green thumbs, it also features a stellar entertainment program, including live music from The Temper Trap, Daryl Braithwaite and The Angels; food and wine; park and pub tours and more…

Event Details:

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: September 15-24, 2017 soon.

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