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Warm Winter waves a special magic for the 2017 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

August 23, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

South East Queensland’s unseasonably warm Winter has everyone talking – and almost 160,000 annuals and 20,000 bulbs blooming! Toowoomba readying to welcome thousands to the city for the internationally acclaimed Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers fromSeptember 15, the army of gardeners responsible for bringing the florals to fruition report that a record number of flowers are expected!

Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community Portfolio leader, Cr Joe Ramia, is delighted with the large number of flowers.  “Mother Nature is treating us to a very mild winter this year and is confusing some of our flowers,” Cr Ramia said. “We’re anticipating one of our biggest years on record thanks to this sunny weather.” He said two out of an average 15 frosts have been recorded this season at Laurel Bank Gardens.  “Our teams are out de-budding the flowers by hand and watering the plants to ensure they are in tip-top condition for our award-winning Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in September.”

The team are responsible for ensuring the city’s gardens, walkways, parks and public spaces bloom on time and in a perfect kaleidoscope of colour for Carnival.  Just over two months ago the following were planted….

  • Queens Park: 40,000 Annuals and 8,000 Bulbs are being planted
  • Laurel Bank: 68,000 Annuals and 10,500 Bulbs
  • Picnic Point, Tourist Info and Top of the Range: 26,000 Annuals
  • CBD (Ruthven/Margaret Streets): 6,500 Annuals and 1,500 Bulbs
  • Newtown Park, Vera Lacaze, Chalk Drive: 11,000 Annuals
  • And on Spring Bluff: 8,000 Annuals

Befitting Australia’s longest running horticultural event of its kind, this year’s special gardening guest is author, famed horticulturalist andABC Gardening Australia regular, Sophie Thomson.  She is joined by a line-up of internationally acclaimed musical acts, some of the best food and wine to be found in Southern Queensland championed over the Carnival by acclaimed Australian Chef Anna Gare and a multitude of cultural adventures.

The Grand Central Floral Parade remains at the heart of the festival, this world-class celebration will once again bring the city to a brilliant standstill on Saturday September 16 when more than 100,000 people line the streets!

Opening weekend will also see some incredible Australian performers take to the stage including Mr Daryl Braithwaite Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and the voice behind the iconic anthem The Horses. Some of Australia’s biggest names in music – Mark Gable (Choirboys), Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera), Reece Mastin (X-Factor sensation) and Jason Sigh (Taxiride) have joined together to collaborate as The Voices.  Ensuring the music continues all weekend legendary Australian rockers, The Angels as well as uber hot Australian band The Temper Trap will take to the stage. The five-piece live act specialist The Paper Kites, international hit performers Boys in the Band, and the famed all female group The Diamonds as well as Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Alex Lahey will also make this years’ performances ones you won’t want to miss.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: A history

Since its inception in 1949, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has flourished and is now an iconic Queensland event.  The brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Carnival was introduced as a way for the city to use their “Garden City” reputation to promote increased economic activity following the recent hardships of war. On October 21, 1950 the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers commenced with a street procession that stretched three miles in length. Led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000 strong, the Parade was a resounding success. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers subsequently became firmly cemented as an annual event.

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the current title holder of Gold Award for Major Festival and Event at the annual Australian Tourism Awards. A title a long time coming!

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