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Visitor Guide 2017


Garden Competition & Visitors Guide

Toowoomba’s own

Carnival of Flowers Welcome to The Chronicle Garden Competition and Visitors Guide

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The history of The Chronicle Garden Competition Spring blooms with Mike Wells Cobb+Co at Carnival time Botanical events Schools Gardens See the winning gardens Breathtaking Grand Champion Reserve Grand Champion Country winners delight in success Reserve country champions show off skills Navigate gardens with maps Guide to Chronicle Garden Competition winners Meet the judge, Kim Woods Rabbidge ABC judges share their picks Welcome the judge and sponsored car Michael Rooke delights with Carnival poems Community events How to design your garden Enjoy Toowoomba’s parks at Carnival time Meet cover artist Christine Brassington Exhibition gardens Visit Toowoomba’s markets

The stunning cover artwork is by artist Christine Brassington.

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welcome Welcome from Mayor Paul Antonio, Toowoomba Regional Council Welcome to spring in Toowoomba! Nature has set the stage for another stunning backdrop to the city’s great spring extravaganza. On behalf of the Toowoomba Regional Council, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you, residents and visitors alike, to our 68th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – Australia’s longest running horticultural event. The city and region shakes off its frosty winter coat and blooms in a riot of colour and celebrations from Friday, September 15, to Sunday, September 24. Make sure you set time aside to return to our festivities or invite friends and family to experience something new. Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers continues to blossom and now has a golden glow along with the mantle of Australia’s best, after winning the Major Festivals and Events section at both the Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards. This golden win is great recognition for Carnival, but organisers have been busily planning and working to ensure the focus is on presenting an even better and more memorable event this year. Carnival’s core is the celebration of the region’s renowned natural beauty, the magnificent home and civic gardens and the artistic creativity of our residents. This is a festival for all ages and tastes. It continues to keep the best time-honoured aspects and evolves with new features to keep a sense of wonder. Carnival patrons will be spoilt for choice with an array of signature events such as the Grand Central Floral Parade, the Ergon Energy Food and Wine Show, including the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series and Sideshow Alley entertainment. These events herald a cracker Carnival opening weekend. There are scores of free community-run events across the 10 days of Carnival. Our stunning civic parks are the perfect place to while away a morning, enjoy a picnic or listen to the free music performances. Toowoomba is a city steeped in tradition, yet bold with ambition. The Carnival of Flowers is a grand example of what makes Toowoomba special – 68 years of joy, celebration and hard work. Through floods and droughts, times of hardship and times of bounty, a special window each September has been a much-anticipated and welcome presence for our residents, and it is an event of which we are all immensely proud. That pride is seen in the toil of our local gardeners, both in private homes and in our parks, who work tirelessly for the enjoyment of others and to give meaning to our coveted title as the Garden City. That pride is palpable in the hundreds of volunteers, who, year after year, work together to make each Carnival bigger and better than before. Toowoomba is home to some wonderful business people who wear that pride on their sleeve by supporting this event. Thank you to our sponsors and major partners for your continued support and confidence in this event. Finally, our residents, from across generations, continue to parade that pride by turning out in wonderful numbers to enjoy everything the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has to offer. They spread the word to friends and relatives that Toowoomba is the place to be in springtime, and enthusiastically assume the role of ‘tour guide’ to those who visit. So, whether you live in our fantastic region, or have visited us from beyond, a very warm and proud welcome to the 2017 Carnival of Flowers!

Welcome from regional general manager of south-west Queensland for Newscorp, Rohan Gosstray The Chronicle has sponsored Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers since the very first floral parade in 1950. Our passion for Carnival extends through our editorial, marketing and events teams, who do a fantastic job keeping the community informed in print and online. We are also the proud organisers of The Chronicle Garden Competition which attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Toowoomba. This year, visitors will enjoy touring more than 100 gardens and our sincere thanks goes to each and every gardener. The gardeners are the heart and soul of the Carnival and their contribution to the city is incredibly generous. We also sponsor The Chronicle Exhibition Gardens, which are display gardens that raise money for charity. As of last year, our Exhibition Gardens had raised more than $610,000 for community groups since 1973. Everyone at The Chronicle loves Carnival time, and we hope you have a fantastic 2017 Carnival of Flowers. Don’t forget to check The Chronicle in print and online for the latest Carnival news.

Welcome from CEO of Heritage Bank, Peter Lock What could be more exciting than seeing Toowoomba come alive for the Carnival of Flowers? The Carnival celebrates the fantastic lifestyle that we know this region has to offer. It’s a chance for all of us to come together and revel in the glorious spring weather that showcases our gardens, our foods, our parks and our performers. It’s also a chance for visitors to get a taste of what our region has to offer – and leave them wanting more! Heritage is delighted to be in its 20th year as a major sponsor of the Carnival – it’s our way of thanking the community for supporting us. After all, just like the Carnival, Heritage Bank is also a Toowoomba icon that has been a huge part of this community for many years. Our ‘people first’ philosophy is all about making a positive contribution to the lives of people in our community. Be sure to get out and enjoy as many of the Carnival events as you can, particularly the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series.

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IT‘S CARNIVAL TIME! Prepare your petals, ready your ears and cleanse your palates because the 68th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is here! Featuring spectacular gardens and parks, headliners across music, food, fun, wine and floral art, all a testament to Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers position as the country’s most acclaimed major festival and event. The locals love it and visitors travel from all over the country to be part of it. Get set to Eat Laugh Play and Stay at this years Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers!

FREE

FRIDAY 22 AND SATURDAY 23 SEPT Pick a flick and spend a night with the stars at this year’s Pictures in the Park. Lie back and enjoy the picturesque surrounds of Laurel Bank Park as you watch the free line-up of blockbuster family favourites that are sure to appeal to all ages. Bring your blanket, picnic rug or chair and settle in for a relaxing night with friends and family.

GRAND CENTRAL FLORAL PARADE

FREE

SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER AT 3PM 100,000 people line the street as hundreds of flowery floats wind their way through the heart of the city. This year’s wonderful theme is “Carnival Comes to Town – Laugh, Play, Hooray!”. Street performers, carnival characters, incredible inflatables and stilt walkers escort the stunning floral floats on their journey to Queens Park.

HOT TIP!

Road closures are in place on Parade Day. Plan your trip at www.tcof.com.au

WHEN

Sat 23 Sept

TIMES

6:30pm

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6:30pm

WHERE

Laurel Bank Park, 50 Hill St, Toowoomba

WHERE

Laurel Bank Park, 50 Hill St, Toowoomba

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COST

COST

PROUDLY OPERATED BY

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STRATEGIC PARTNERS

MAJOR PARTNERS

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RUTHVEN ST

MARGARET ST

HUME ST

FINISH RUSSELL ST

LINDSAY ST

PICTURES IN THE PARK!

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ERGON ENERGY FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

TCOF.COM.AU

ANNA GARE COOKING DEMO

SOPHIE THOMSON GARDEN CLASS

LETS NOT FORGET

WHEN

Fri 15 – Sun 17 Sept

WHEN

Fri 15 – Sun 17 Sept

TIMES

Fri 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm Sat 11am, 1pm, 4pm Sun 11am, 1pm, 3pm

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Fri 11am, 1pm, 3pm Sat 11:30am, 1:30pm, 4pm Sun 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2.30pm

Tastings in the wine bar, beer & BBQ tastings, floral displays, henna hut, the cubby house with squillion of things for kids to do PLUS ALL THE FOOD AND WINE!

HERITAGE BANK LIVE CONCERT SERIES FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

Alex Lahey - 5:30pm

The Paper Kites - 7pm

The Temper Trap - 8:30pm

The Voices - 7pm

The Angels 8:30pm

Boys in the Band - 6:15pm

Daryl Braithwaite - 7:45pm

SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

Hot Potato Band - 5:30pm

SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

The Diamonds - 5pm

TICKETING INFORMATION THE ERGON ENERGY FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL INCORPORATING HERITAGE BANK LIVE CONCERT SERIES TIMES: FRIDAY & SATURDAY 10AM – 10PM, SUNDAY 10AM – 9PM DAY PASS*: ADULT $35 | CONCESSION/STUDENT $30 | CHILD (13 YEARS & UNDER) $15 | 1 ADULT + 1 CHILD $45 3 DAY PASS#: ADULT $90 | CONCESSION/STUDENT $70 | CHILD (13 YEARS & UNDER) $35 | 1 ADULT + 1 CHILD $95


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It’s One of a Kind

The Chronicle Garden Competition Introducing the Garden City’s renowned Garden Competition from its initiation By Ally Martell Spring is a riot of colour in Toowoomba as the city’s gardeners vie for top honours in one of the world’s most extraordinary garden challenges, The Chronicle Garden Competition. After extensive searching, we have failed to find another garden competition like it! There are no garden competitions in Australia that can match the variety of categories, high standard of competition, professional independent judging and gala awards night. But to top it off, all entrants in The Chronicle Garden Competition open their gardens to the public for 10 days at no charge. Now that’s truly unique! In 2017, there are 110 gardens entered in The Chronicle Garden Competition.

2017 has a few surprises in store

There is nothing predictable about The Chronicle Garden Competition. Each year there are new entries and a different independent judge, so the results are rarely the same two years running. It’s important to remember that it takes many years to grow a champion garden and visitors will appreciate that this year’s winners are very experienced entrants whose gardens have matured beautifully over time. We all have our favourite style of garden, whether it is formal, cottage or Australian native. One thing is for sure, as you travel around the garden entries you will see every kind of spring bulb, blossom and bloom as gardeners try to earn those extra points needed for the big trophies. Each year we welcome many new entrants to the competition and it’s an absolute joy to share their enthusiasm and vision as they embark on their gardening journey.

The Carnival of Flowers Queen entrants in the old showgrounds, Campbell St, in the 1950s.

PHOTO: THE CHRONICLE ARCHIVE

Carnival of Flowers in 1994, Alf and Del Wagland, Grand Champion gardeners, in the couple’s Primrose St garden. Negative reference: 3V797.

How it all began

The first Chronicle Garden Competition took place in 1949 and was won by a Mrs Ruby O’Brien of 269 West St. The competition was so successful in brightening the appearance of the town and lifting post-war spirits that it formed the inspiration for a bigger event, the Carnival of Flowers. In 1950, the year of the first Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, there were 53 entries in The Chronicle Garden Competition, with a total prize pool of 50 pounds. The garden competition helped Toowoomba earn the title “Garden City” and still brings thousands of visitors to the Carnival of Flowers each year.

The gardeners

Champions including Swenson, Beh, Hultgren, Mundey, Curtis, Wagland, Ruffini and Roggeveen were household names in the community. Some entered once or twice but many and others couldn’t get enough of the competition and stayed in for more than 30 years. Legends in this year’s competition who have entered for more than 25 years include Kevin and Lola Steinmuller, Les and Fae Stephson, Bob and Val

The first carnival was held in October 1950. The photo was taken by Chronicle photographer Fred Crook-King and published in The Chronicle on October 23, 1950. The original photo is held by the Toowoomba Historical Society.

PHOTO: THE CHRONICLE ARCHIVE

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In 2017, there are 110 gardens entered in The Chronicle Garden Competition. Ford, Merv Buckley, Ruby Brunner and Alma Williams.

The judges

The Chronicle Garden Competition judges have always been celebrities of the gardening game. Up until the 1980s, the judges’ schedules would be published in The Chronicle for all to see. The first judge was Professor of Botany at the University of Queensland D.A. Herbert and his wife, who continued judging into the 1960s. Other judges have included landscape architect Arne Fink, Mr and Mrs Stan Roberts, horticulturalist Stan Peck from Sydney, curator of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Harold Caulfield, curator of the Mt Coot-tha

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Gardens Ross McKinnon, Colin Campbell and renowned landscape architect Lawrie Smith. This year’s City Judge is award-winning garden stylist, writer and photographer Kim Woods Rabbidge. This year’s Country Judge is Clint Kenny from Clint Kenny Designs in Warwick, and the Schools’ Judge is Toowoomba “gardening guru” Brian Sams.

Celebrating 25 years of ABC categories

ABC Radio Southern Queensland has always been a big supporter of The Chronicle Garden Competition. In 1992, The Chronicle Garden Competition entry form included the first ABC categories to be judged by radio gardening experts Penny McKinlay and Rod Hultgren — who was an experienced Grand Champion Garden winner himself. The gardening world mourned the loss of Rod this year and although he is irreplaceable, his widow Maureen Hultgren stepped in to assist Penny McKinlay


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The Grand Champions ● 1949 and 1950 Ruby O’Brien, 269 West St ● 1951 and 1952 Mr K. McFadyen, 233 Geddes St ● 1953 Mrs Lipp, 1 Drayton Rd ● 1956, 1958, 1969, 1970 Mr and Mrs Swenson, 4 Herries St ● 1957 Ruby O’Brien, 269 West St ● 1959-1965, 1967, 1971–1975, 1980 Pearl Beh, 56 Warwick St ● 1966, 1972 joint winners P Beh, 56 Warwick St, and C Swenson, 4 Herries St ● 1968 SJ Perrin, 2E James St ● 1969 EW Pooley, 19 Mary St ● 1970, 1975 Champion Small Garden Mr & Mrs C Conquest, 26 Plant St ● 1976-1978, Ben and Mavis Mundy, 190 Ruthven St ● 1979 Mr & Mrs P Williams, 62 Cortess St ● 1981, 1982, 1983 Murray & Margaret Timbs, 6 Merino St ● 1984, 1988 Clive & Monica Conquest, 26 Plant St ● 1985, 1986 Mr & Mrs Keith Peers, 83 Drayton Rd ● 1987 Bob & Sylvia Webb, 2 Begonia Court ● 1989, 1991-1993, 1998, 1999 Rod & Maureen Hultgren, 13 Hinton St ● 1990, JG Lloyd, 69 May St ● 1994 Alf & Del Wagland, 11 Primrose St ● 1995-1997, The Peers Family, 83 Drayton Rd ● 2000, 2001, Allan & Mandy Gibson ● 2002, 2003, Bill & Denise Merritt ● 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012 Glen & Ida Kendrick, Monclair Close ● 2005, 2007-2009, 2011 Arch & Julie Roggeveen, 4 Glencoe Crt ● 2013 Kelly & Cheryl Fry ● 2014 Kevin & Dianna Drew, 17 Ward St ● 2015, 2016 Bob & Val Ford, 19 Burke St

Dr D.A. Herbert, professor of Botany UQ, and Mrs Herbert judge the Carnival of Flowers garden Competition in the 1950s.

PHOTO: THE CHRONICLE ARCHIVE

Carnival of Flowers Grand Champion gardeners in 1984, Clive and Monica Conquest.

PHOTO: THE CHRONICLE ARCHIVE

Ben and Mavis Mundey were winners of the Garden Competition several times. They’re pictured preparing their garden for the competition in 1979.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

The best bit

Every single Chronicle Garden Competition entrant will tell you the best part about the whole competition is “meeting the people”. Visitors come from overseas and interstate, from throughout Queensland and across the Darling Downs to marvel at the skill and hard work that goes into creating a beautiful garden. Some visitors come back to the same gardens year after year, forming lifelong friendships.

Mrs Pearl Beh in her garden, Carnival of Flowers, September 1961. PHOTO: THE CHRONICLE ARCHIVE

and TAFE Toowoomba’s Mike Wells in judging the ABC categories.

The categories

In 1950 there were three categories and today there are 29 in the city section and 14 in the country section. Through the years the categories have transformed to reflect gardening trends and changes to the city. The first years of the competition featured a Farm Homestead Category with properties in what was considered ‘rural Middle Ridge’. At one time gardens were judged according to zones and in 1958 there was a separate category for Best Display of Sweet Peas. Home gardens were the main feature of the competition until 1972 when a business category was introduced. Weis Top of the Range Restaurant was a winner for many years from 1972 and so was The Garden

of Remembrance. New categories recently introduced to the competition include sustainable and productive gardens, reflecting a need to be more water-wise and a desire to grow our own fruit and vegetables.

Country competition

Take a drive through the beautiful Darling Downs countryside to find some of our most beautiful gardens just outside the city. You’ll find stunning, sweeping gardens at Vale View and cute cottages grouped together in Pittsworth, Oakey and Crows Nest.

Thanks to our sponsors

Gardeners will tell you the competition is not about the money but having said that, the prize pool has grown from 50 pounds in 1950 to more than $53,000 today. Not a bad effort! Full credit goes to the sponsors, The Chronicle, Heritage Bank and Toowoomba Regional Council.

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Behind the scenes

From 1969 until the 1980s, Colin Boag was the main organiser of the competition. Kay Pimm stepped into the role from 1995 until 2012 and has very fond memories of her experiences. “The gardeners’ visitor books are filled with hundreds of lovely comments each year to prove this is a truly great event,” she said. “The gardeners take every challenge the weather and wildlife can throw at them and still come up smiling, welcoming visitors with open arms — they have put this city on the map.” The Chronicle has a custodial role over this very special entity. Everyone is involved in putting it together, from the regional general manager Rohan Gosstray and editor-in-chief Steve Etwell through marketing, advertising, distribution and especially reception staff. This year’s competition was organised by The Chronicle’s dynamic duo Stacey Hixon and Letitia Robarts.


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Spring cheer is all around By Mike Wells, wellsleyhorticultural@gmail.com There are many plants in full bloom throughout our region at this time. It’s interesting to note that most flowering plants are triggered into producing blooms due to changes in day length (the number of daylight hours), not changes in temperature. Therefore, many spring-flowering shrubs and trees will produce their displays on-time, regardless of how warm or how cold the days have been. Despite the variations in our rainfall and daytime temperatures over the past few months (winter), many plants are now following their natural cycle and are coming into their spring flowering period. Nothing is as cheery as a bed of violas greeting spring. This bed of great annual performers were no higher that 10cm and came in a dazzling range of colours. They do best in full sun or part shade. In a partly shaded position, Primula malacoides ‘Gilhams White’ and ‘Lavender Lady’ show off their dainty umbels of spring colour. These plants love the cooler weather leading up to September, but will quickly lose their vigour once the warmer temperatures of late spring arrive. Some carnival gardeners use the tall and twisted spikes of this rat’s tail statice (Phylliostachys suworowii) to cover up the trunks of their smaller trees in a garden bed. Nevertheless, they make excellent mass displays on their own as well.

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Nothing is as cheery as a bed of violas greeting spring. — Mike Wells, ABC judge Banksia roses (Rosa banksiae) are one of the most beautiful heralds of spring. They produce white or yellow blooms on long, arching canes that hang from any structure over which the plant has been trained. Another benefit is that they are usually thornless.

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The Springs Garden World Queensland’s Garden Centre of Excellence Always fresh and inspiring, The Springs is one of Toowoomba’s favourite destinations. Combining four businesses in one, you’ll find a treasure trove of ideas to enhance your home and garden. Incorporating Toowoomba’s largest nursery you’ll find a diverse selection of plants suitable for Brisbane and across the Darling Downs including roses, natives, seedlings and a great variety of exotic and cool climate plants. The Outdoor Furniture Specialists Home to one of Australia’s largest displays of contemporary outdoor furniture, this is where you will find the latest trends, colours and designs. Waterlily on Spring Waterlily on Spring has a wide selection

of gifts, fragrant body care and candles in every hue, as well as tableware, frames and silk flowers. Kingfishers Cafe & Restaurant With its sweeping lawns and tranquil gardens by the lake, it’s easy to see why Kingfishers Cafe & Restaurant was voted Toowoomba’s favourite breakfast and lunch destination. Include a visit to The Springs on your Carnival calendar - you’ll be surprised. Contact their friendly team on 4636 8484.

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Colour and character at Cobb+Co Museum this Carnival Cobb+Co Museum have a blooming brilliant festival program with something for the whole family. You can surround yourself with a spectacular display of 60 beautiful hanging baskets as part of the annual hanging basket display. Each basket has been lovingly created by community members from the Toowoomba region as part of a design competition. Local artisans and green thumbs, as well as students and other community groups, have all taken part to help the Museum put a unique twist on carnival festivities. The hanging basket display will be on show at Cobb+Co Museum from September 15 to 24, from 9.30am to 4pm daily. But expect to see more than just flowers when you visit the Museum during carnival time. As part of the Queensland Museum Network and home to the National Carriage Collection, visitors to Cobb+Co Museum will discover a variety of interactive displays, exhibits and heritage trade workshops, including blacksmithing and resin jewellery making. You can take a guided tour of the Museum at

10.30am or 2.30pm every day. There are some great demonstrations where you can watch native flower arranging on September 17, learning how to select and arrange native blooms, and the woodcrafters will create beautiful items out of timber throughout the duration of the Carnival. The whole family can also enjoy following the clues around the Museum on an interactive trail to solve the case of the disappearing endangered species, the northern quoll. While you are at the Museum you can check out

WHAT’S ON DURING

TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS 15–24 September Hanging Basket Display

Supported by Yates

15–24 September Toowoomba Wood Crafters Demonstrations 16 September, 9am & 1pm Resin Jewellery 3 hour Mini Workshop Cost $85

16 & 17 September Blacksmithing Flower 3 hour Mini Workshop Cost $100

17 September Native Flower Arranging Demonstrations 14 September – 2 October Whodunit? trail for the whole family $6.50 per child

See the National Carriage Collection and try Toowoomba’s best scones

Check out the complete list of Hands On Workshops and book online cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au Open daily 9:30am to 4pm 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba (07) 4659 4900 | cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au

Museum admission is free for residents of the Toowoomba Regional Council area with proof of address.

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the Happy Birthday Play School Exhibition. This fun exhibition takes a look at five decades of Play School and is on until October 15. The Museum Shop showcases unique, locally produced and handmade items and Cobb’s Coffee Shop boasts Toowoomba’s best scones. The Museum is open daily from 9.30am to 4pm. For more information visit www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au.


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botanical events St Patrick’s Cathedral Floral Display

When: Thursday, September 14, to Wednesday, September 20, 9am to 5pm Where: St Patrick’s Cathedral, cnr James and Neil st What: Toowoomba Floristry School will be working their magic during Carnival with spectacular floral artistry adorning St Patrick’s Cathedral. The already welcoming interior of the Cathedral is enhanced with beautiful flowers and the enthusiasm of creative arrangers. Enjoy the ambience as stirring musical notes fill the Cathedral during your visit. Entry is free, though a gold coin donation is appreciated.

Toowoomba Bonsai Group Annual Show

When: Friday, September 15, to Sunday, September 17, 9.30am–4.30pm daily Where: Rose Cottage, State Rose Garden in Newtown Park, cnr Holberton and Pottinger Sts, Wilsonton What: Enjoy this large display of bonsai in their classic pots. Entry is $3 for adults and free for children.

Toowoomba Orchid Society Spring Show

When: Friday, September 15, to Tuesday, September 19, 8.30am–4pm daily Where: St Paul’s Lutheran Church Hall, cnr James and Phillip Sts, South Toowoomba What: Enjoy one of the largest displays of orchids in the south-east while you’re in Toowoomba for the Carnival of Flowers. As well as orchids for sale, there will be raffles, plant sales, a craft stall, and light refreshments and lunch for sale. Parking is easy, or get a coach in, and there is also wheelchair access. Admission is $4.

2017 Native Orchid Spring Show

When: Friday, September 15, to Monday, September 18, 9am–5pm Where: St John’s Lutheran Church Hall, 431 Bridge St, Wilsonton What: Enjoy the colourful display of native and exotic orchids, Bromeliads, ferns and foliage plants.

There will be plant sales, raffles, craft stalls, and books for sale. Morning and afternoon tea will be available for purchase, as well as light lunches. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 15.

Hanging Baskets Display When: Friday, September 15, to Sunday September 24, 9.30am to 4pm Where: Cobb+Co Museum, 27 Lindsay St, Toowoomba City What: Enjoy this year’s hanging baskets display with the theme Around the World at Cobb+Co. Presented in conjunction with Yates, the competition includes entries from schoolchildren, community groups, TAFE students, international groups, artisans, garden enthusiasts and novices. Entry to Cobb+Co is free for Toowoomba residents.

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2017 Clivia Show

When: Friday, September 15, to Wednesday, September 20, 9am–5pm daily Where: TAFE Horticulture Pavilion, cnr Lindsay and Campbell Sts, East Toowoomba What: One of the major floral attractions of Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers, there will be a huge variety of Clivias in flower. Available for sale will be flowering Clivias, seedlings and seeds. There will also be free demonstrations and hints on the cultivation and care of Clivias. Entry is free.

The Chronicle Exhibition Gardens

When: Friday, September 15, to Sunday, September 24, 9am to 5pm


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September 18, 8am to 4pm daily Where: Sacred Heart Primary School Hall, cnr North and Tor st What: There are hundreds of bromeliads at the Bromeliad Show with numerous species on display. Advice on growing bromeliads will be available as well as the best varieties that suit the region’s climate. It’s a great opportunity to expand your bromeliad collection, or cacti, succulents and foliage. Entry is $3 for adults and free for children.

Garden Tours

When: Monday, September 18, to Thursday, September 21, 6.30pm daily Where: Laurel Bank Park, 50 Hill St What: Enter the twilight zone and discover the secret world of the parklands by night. This is your chance to see and hear from the experts about the darker side of plant life in a one-hour nocturnal tour of Laurel Bank Park. Cost is $5 per person, and you’ll need to book at tcof.com.au.

When: Friday, September 15, to Sunday, September 24, 9am and 1pm Where: Pick-up Picnic Point Bus Stop, Tourist Rd, Rangeville What: Relax and enjoy the gardens on a guided tour hosted by Stonestreets Coaches. The three-hour tours include three private gardens and one exhibition garden. Tickets are $37.50 per person and can be booked at the Stonestreets website.

Bromeliad Society Show When: Saturday, September 16, to Monday,

Twilight Tours of Laurel Bank Park

Community open gardens

When: Wednesday, September 20, 9.30–11.30am

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Where: Toowoomba Community Organic Gardens, 22a Goggs St, Toowoomba City What: The Toowoomba Community Organic Gardens aim to demonstrate a sample of various styles of community gardens, including fruit tree orchard, bush foods project, herb garden and a permaculture project. Spend the morning having a good look around, discover the plant stall, sample some fruit, and join members for a freshly baked morning tea. Cost is a gold coin donation.

Ikebana Display

When: Saturday, September 16, to Sunday, September 24, 10am–4pm Tuesday to Saturday, 1–4pm Sunday Where: Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, 531 Ruthven St, Toowoomba City What: The beautiful arrangements by the Toowoomba Ikebana Group will be on display during the Carnival of Flowers. Entry is free to the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, where the exhibition will be held.

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Where: Philip & Marjorie Martin, 17 Dallang Rd, Toowoomba Kelly & Cheryl Fry, 21 Dallang Rd, Toowoomba Val Peachy, 5 Fern Dve, Toowoomba Sue Hawkins, 37 Murphys Creek Rd, Toowoomba Mark & Anne O’Brien, 79 North St, Toowoomba What: Celebrate the pure love of flowers, gardening and all things horticultural. The specially selected Exhibition Gardens are chosen because they are so creative and unique 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 for 2017.


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Winner of the City Schools Garden, Newtown State School.

Winner of the City School Students Garden, Darling Downs Christian School.

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Winners I cannot help but be positive about the future of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers after visiting the schools who entered this year. The energy of students, parents and staff was genuinely uplifting. We saw productive vegetable gardens where students were going from seed to feed, growing, caring and harvesting produce and then in many cases turning that into interesting and healthy meals. Added to that almost all gardens had an artistic element that really appealed to me. We saw flower gardens, fairy gardens, Japanese gardens, memorial gardens, anniversary gardens, peace gardens, scarecrow guarded gardens, ANZAC gardens and herb gardens. I have seen many smiling faces and enthusiastic young people loving life in the outdoors. I loved visiting each and every garden. I hated having to judge them against each other. Cliché it most certainly is, but every garden was special and deserving of commendation.

City Schools Garden: 1. Newtown State School 2. Toowoomba North State School 3. Mothercraft Childcare Centre Highly commended: Christian Outreach College City School Students Garden 1. Darling Downs Christian College 2. Rangeville State School 3. Toowoomba North State School Highly commended: Tree Frogs Group – St Joseph’s College; Gabbinbar State School; Glenvale Christian School Country Schools Garden 1. Gowrie State School 2. St Stephens Catholic School 3. Geham State School Highly Commended: Cambooya State School Country School Students Garden 1. Clifton State High School 2. Geham State School 3. Pittsworth State School

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The Reynolds are generous in sharing knowledge and expertise. Their skill in pruning and shaping each individual plant shows why they are the quintessential grand champion gardeners. “You have to tip-prune Australian native plants from when they are tiny so they thicken up,” said Gordon. “And you have to prune hard once a year. “You have to prune for density and shape, so you need to know how the plant grows, what kind of shape it will naturally take, and how that will work in the garden bed alongside other plants.” The foundation of a champion garden begins with

overall design and plant health. Those two factors alone can make or break the competition. Gordon and Maria designed their garden themselves, from scratch, around eight years ago. They planned everything in stages: the pathways, location of structures and seating, the vistas and scenic aspects. It takes time to grow a champion garden and the Reynolds admit each year has been a process of trial and error, there are regular changes as well as lots of patience. “Sometimes we pull out perfectly healthy plants because we have found something better for that

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Forget any previous notions you have about Australian native plants being dried up and spindly, then open your mind to a garden oasis filled with glossy, robust plantings heavy with colourful, fragrant blooms. The Reynolds garden is an inspiration for all gardeners but especially those who embrace environmental principles. Australian native gardens are certainly fast-growing but don’t be fooled into thinking they require no work. The Reynolds’ garden is a prime of example of reward for effort. “Everyone thinks you can plant Australian natives and then just forget them,” said Gordon. “But that isn’t true — they are fast growing but you still need to water them and fertilise them regularly,” he said. “The more effort you put into them, the better the results will be.”


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spot,” said Maria. “We move things around, we make room for new plants — the garden is constantly changing. “Visitors who come back each year love to see something new.” “We are just as interested in plant foliage as we are in flowers,” said Gordon. “We match them together in mass plantings in a way that you can see layers of colour. We have placed the most fragrant varieties of plants along pathways where people will brush against them, adding to the garden experience.” There is no doubt the Reynolds’ collection of Grevilleas is one of the best in Australia featuring an astounding variety of foliage and flowers. As collectors they constantly seek rare and unusual varieties for the challenge of growing them and for the intrigue of visitors. “We are always going to new nurseries, even when we are on holiday,” said Maria. “We source a lot of our

plants from down south rather than up north because our climate is more similar to Victoria.” Maria has learned the art of grafting which is an important skill for those who want to add a special touch to an Australian native garden. Royal Mantle Standards are impressive features throughout the Reynolds’ garden. Created by grafting a ground cover Grevillia onto silky oak (Grevillia Robusta) trunks they provide a focal point of shape and colour. Gordon and Maria Reynolds have entered The Chronicle Garden Competition since 2010 and have earned awards each year. Whilst their garden is 90 per cent Australian native it also features an impressive fernery, Clivias, water feature, gazebo and delightful little succulent garden. Visit the Reynolds’ grand champion garden at 40 Smythe Street, Highfields from Friday 15 September to Sunday 24 September strictly between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

A WORD FROM THIS YEAR’S CHRONICLE GARDEN COMPETITION JUDGE, KIM WOODS RABBIDGE Why I chose Gordon and Maria Reynolds’ garden: Gordon and Maria’s garden makes use of small space with well-positioned plants. As most of them are native to Australia it’s even more extraordinary. As the flowers of many natives are petite it’s lovely to be so close to them as you wend your way through. Visitors will see how you can have a floriferous garden for much of the year using a mix of natives and exotics, and I know the Reynolds will be happy to share their knowledge. It may have been unexpected choice for some but I’m thrilled Toowoomba can showcase this exceptional garden as Grand Champion.

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brings Ryan family together The 2017 Reserve Grand Champion Garden is awarded to Mark and Cindy-Jane Ryan who created a magical garden with their family in mind

It’s a garden designed with rooms that reflect their love of plants, seasons and different activities. It’s also a garden that children love to explore. The Ryan’s Gascony St property is another example of how a garden matures into a champion. They have been entering The Chronicle Garden Competition since 2005 and have won many awards over the years but this year all their hard work finally paid off. “The garden was designed with our family in mind and has grown and developed as needed,” said Cindy-Jane. “Being an ‘all year round garden’ it changes with the seasons, producing many self-sown wonders.” The Ryan’s productive gardens are not only beautiful but fun and creative, filled with a healthy variety of

“I just love being outside in the fresh air and sunshine — becoming lost in the wonders of nature,” said Cindy-Jane. Whereas Mark simply loves “playing in the dirt!” You can visit Mark and Cindy-Jane Ryan’s Reserve Grand Champion garden at 15 Gascony Street at Harristown from Friday, September 15, until Sunday, September 24, strictly between the hours of 9am and 5pm daily.

A WORD FROM THIS YEAR’S CHRONICLE GARDEN COMPETITION JUDGE, KIM WOODS RABBIDGE. Why I chose Mark and Cindy-Jane Ryan’s garden: There’s a special atmosphere in the Ryan’s garden. It’s full of joy, and it’s wonderful to see a busy young family engaged in gardening. Apart from excellent plant health and abundant floral displays, there are practical features, such as a very productive vegie garden and orchard, and several quirky elements including games for all ages. And while there’s a lot in the garden, there are also quiet places without adornment which are an asset when you have lots happening.

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Gardens are privileged spaces that provide a unique connection with the earth. — Cindy-Jane Ryan vegetables, berries and fruit trees. “We love creating, nurturing and harvesting our home grown bounty,” said Cindy-Jane. Both Cindy-Jane and Mark grew up gardening alongside their parents and hope by creating a child-friendly garden, they have passed on a love of gardening to their own children. “Gardens are privileged spaces that provide a unique connection with the earth,” Cindy-Jane said. “They teach resilience, patience and calmness as we watch what will become of our toils, and a child-like excitement is always present when a new plant flowers for the first time or we see our fresh produce on our plates.” The Ryan’s commitment to their garden is not a chore at all — it’s part of their lifestyle.

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— Paul and Noela Rubb, Country Grand Champions of The Chronicle Garden Competition over from our garden near the Acland Mine, same with some of the jacaranda trees in the garden.” Noela says the upkeep of the garden is full-on, particularly around this time of the year. “Paul is a great help in the garden — it really does take the two of us to maintain it,” she says. “In saying that, everything is done ourselves, we don’t have other gardeners. “We’re always out taking off all the old flowers and things like that.” “We also buy from a lot of local nurseries — it’s nice to support local.” Paul and Noela pride themselves on growing a lot

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After six years entering the The Chronicle Garden Competition, Haden couple Paul and Noela Rubb have plenty of experience in this arena — however, it always offers a new and exciting challenge for the pair. While the Rubb’s have been on their Haden property for 11 years, they didn’t start with a plan for their garden. “There was no sitting down [to plan] — Paul has an eye for design, so this is how it evolved,” Noela says. While the garden is approximately half an acre, the Rubb’s Haden property is 150 acres in total. “We have lots of shrubs and lots of hardy stuff as well — you need that out here in the country,” Noela says. Noela lists beautiful geraniums and arctotis daisies as some of the prominent flowers in their garden. “We also have a lot of lemon scent conifers and bottle trees — we actually brought some of those

of their plants from cuttings. “I take delight in taking cuttings and seeing something evolve and grow from it — it’s something I really enjoy,” Noela says. While creating a large and beautiful garden such as their’s can be long and often painstaking task, the Rubb’s enjoy the freedom of the hobby. “I absolutely love being outside,” Noela says. “Every morning as I get out of bed I’m outside just pottering around, so it’s definitely my favourite part of gardening — it offers so much freedom.” The Rubb’s suggest everyone try their hand at gardening. “Everyone should get out and have a go at gardening,” Noela says. “It’s such a delight to see what you can achieve in the garden, and I think the most enjoyable part of the experience in a competition like this is having people come to your garden and enjoy and appreciate who you have created,” the pair says. “That is a real joy — when they have seen what you can do and they take pleasure from it.” The biggest challenge for the Rubb’s this year has been the lack of rain and the general dryness throughout the season. “We’ve really had to rely on the bore — it’s been a real battle,” Noela says. “We even have a resident echidna who likes to dig around the garden.” You can visit The Chronicle Garden Competition Country Grand Champion at 194 Schultz-Haden Rd, Haden.


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Imagine driving beneath a shower of delicate pink petals every afternoon when you return home from work. This is a dream realised for Country Reserve Champion winners Robyn Rolfe and Timo Sihvola, proud owners of Ainslie Gardens. The peach tree bordering their driveway is one of Robyn’s favourite parts of the garden. “The first year we lived here, there was this storm and when we looked outside there was a sea of pink flying in the air,” Robyn says. It wasn’t easy for the couple to choose a favourite element of their 1.4ha block, however. “I love it all!” Robyn says. “I love waking up in the morning and looking out the window and seeing it all green and lush and relaxing. “We both pinch ourselves.” The formal-style garden features open spaces and lots of conifers and perennials, with a variety of colour year-round.

hadn’t been entered in The Chronicle Garden Competition for many years. “We bought this beautiful garden and gave it love and attention,” Robyn says. “When we entered last year it was a bit last-minute, but this year we’ve been able to plan a bit more.” Both Timo and Robyn work full-time and fit their gardening around this schedule. Mowing the property takes two hours alone, not to mention digging, weeding, pruning and more, but the couple love it. “If you enjoy doing it, it doesn’t seem like work because it’s a love,” Robyn says. “During Carnival of Flowers, it’s good fun seeing people come through and appreciate all your work and time.” This year there will be a retro-style coffee van coming through the gardens, so why not visit these beautiful and relaxing gardens? Find them at 24–26 Stark Dr, Vale View.

Structured yet relaxing, there are statues and a dam where Robyn and Timo often see native animals and ducks. Thanks to the warmer weather, many of Robyn’s 116 roses are already budding and blooming for the Carnival of Flowers for the first time as well. Under the property’s previous owners, it

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The Chronicle Garden Competition 2017 Gardens Guide City Garden Winners City Grand Champion Gordon & Maria Reynolds – 40 Smythe Dr, Highfields

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City Reserve Grand Champion Mark & Cindy-Jane Ryan – 15-17 Gascony St, Harristown

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Class 1: Acreage Garden 1st. Kevin & Dianna Drew – 17 Ward St, Highfields

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Class 2: Large Garden 1st. Mark & Cindy-Jane Ryan – 15-17 Gascony St, Harristown Sth M8 2nd. Allan & Mary Kenna – 7 Christmas St, Toowoomba Nth P13 3rd. Rob Kennedy & Michael Boland – 255 Hume St, Toowoomba Sth R5 Highly Commended: Kevin & Lola Steinmuller – 32 Cathro St, Rockville Nth M10

Class 3: Small Garden 1st. Gordon & Maria Reynolds – 40 Smythe Dr, Highfields HF I8 2nd. Dorothy & Tony McKeon – 24 Wiangaree Dr, Rangeville Sth W11 3rd. Les & Fae Stephson – 161 Perth St, Toowoomba Sth R4 Highly Commended: Noel ischke – 295 Stenner St, Toowoomba Sth R11

Class 4: Front Garden 1st. Rod & Jill Osborne – 11 Horizon Ct, Highfields HF F16 2nd. Bob & Val Ford – 19 Burke St, Toowoomba Sth V5 3rd. Betty Sullivan – Palm Lake Resort, Villa 197/97 Hogg St Nth L7 Highly Commended: Ray Kahl – 254 West St, Kearneys Spring Sth N11 Highly Commended: John & Cheryl Ganzer – 21 Talinga St, Toowoomba Nth T10

3rd. Class 5: Heritage Bank Semi-Advance Garden 1st. Amanda & Keven Corbett – 15 Arabian St, Toowoomba Highly Commended: Ruby Brunner – 38A Crown St, Toowoomba

Sth L8 Sth V5

2nd. Glenvale Villas – 182-184 Hursley Rd, Toowoomba 3rd. Oak Tree Retirement Village – 134 Baker St, Darling Heights Highly Commended: Palm Lake Resort – 97 Hogg St, Toowoomba

Nth H17 Sth L13 Nth L7

Class 10: Commercial premises including offices and retail 1st. Toowoomba Garden of Remembrance – 1001 Ruthven St, Toowoomba 2nd. Crown Noble Accountants & Advisors – 372 Stenner St, Toowoomba 3rd. Laguna Serviced Apartments – 189 Hume St, Toowoomba

Sth P15 Sth P11 Nth R19

Class 11: Motels and Caravan Parks 1st. Motel Glenworth – 1 Margaret St, Toowoomba Nth V18 2nd. City Golf Club Motel – 775 Ruthven St, Toowoomba Sth P7 3rd. Jolly Swagman – 47-53 Kitchener St, East Toowoomba Nth S20 Highly Commended: Big 4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park – 34A Eiser St, Toowoomba Sth N9

Class 12: Not-For-Profit Organisations, Clubs and Institutions 1st. Spring Bluff Railway Station – 59 McCormack Dr, Spring Bluff 2nd. TAFE Queensland Southwest Horticulture – Campbell St, Toowoomba 3rd. City Golf Club – 254 South St, Toowoomba Highly Commended: DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum – cnr Cambooya & Ball Sts, Drayton Highly Commended: Highfields Pioneer Village Museum & Park – 73 Wirraglen Rd, Highfields

HF Q12 Nth S15 Sth P6 Sth J10 HF L7

Class 13: Garden Nurseries 1st. Simply Gorgeous Plants – 150 Drayton Rd, Harristown Sth M9 2nd. Sungrown Seedlings & Nursery – 17 Prescott St, Toowoomba Nth P19

Class 14: Places of Worship

Class 6: Novice Garden 1st. Edward & Shelia Power – 43 Mackenzie St, Mount Lofty Nth U13 2nd. Alma Williams – 5 Kearney St, Toowoomba Sth O13 3rd. Auriel & Alan Hirning – Oak Tree Retirement Village, Villa 2/134 Baker St, Darling Heights Sth L13 Highly Commended: Vicki Layton – 8 Burke St, Toowoomba Sth V5

Class 7: First Time Entrant 1st. Margaret & John Ford – 10 Robinson St, North Toowoomba Nth R13 2nd. Pat Kelly – 275 Kearney St, Top Camp Sth N20 3rd. Pauline Palmer – Oak Tree Retirement Village, Villa 15/134 Baker St, Darling Heights Sth L13 Highly Commended: Kathryn Jowett – 3/3 Amity Crt, Toowoomba Sth K3 Highly Commended: Jeffery Latham – 5 Christmas St, Toowoomba Nth P13

Class 9: Hospital, Nursing Home and Retirement Villages

1st. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – 23 Glenvale Rd, Toowoomba

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Option 1: Predominantly Australian Native Garden 1st. Gordon & Maria Reynolds – 40 Smythe Dr, Highfields 2nd. Roslyn Morely – Oak Tree Retirement Village, Villa 7/134 Baker St, Darling Heights Highly Commended: Beryl Osborne – Oak Tree Retirement Village, Villa 58/134 Baker St, Darling Heights

1st. Allan Kenna – 7 Christmas St, Toowoomba Nth P13 2nd. Alma Williams – 5 Kearney St, Toowoomba Sth O13 3rd. Keven & Amanda Corbett – 15 Arabian St, Toowoomba Sth L8 Highly Commended: Rob Kennedy & Michael Boland – 255 Hume St, Toowoomba Sth R5 Highly Commended: Highfields Pioneer Village Museum & Park – 73 Wirraglen Rd, Highfields HF L7

Option 4: Best Display of Flowering Annuals and Bulbs 1st. Kevin & Dianna Drew – 17 Ward St, Highfields 2nd. Bob & Val Ford – 19 Burke St, Toowoomba 3rd. John & Cheryl Ganzer – 21 Talgina St, Toowoomba Highly Commended: Rob Kennedy & Michael Boland – 255 Hume St, Toowoomba

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1st. John & Cheryl Ganzer – 21 Talinga St, Toowoomba 2nd. Merv Buckley – 14 Sprott St, Toowoomba

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Option 6: Veterans 1st. Les & Fae Stephson – 161 Perth St, Toowoomba 2nd. Merv Buckley – 14 Sprott St, Towoomba 3rd. Edward & Sheila Power – 43 Mackenzie St, Mount Lofty Highly Commended: Kevin & Dianna Drew – 17 Ward St, Highfields Highly Commended: Alma Williams – 5 Kearney St, Toowoomba Highly Commended: Pauline Palmer – Oak Tree Retirement Village, Villa 15/134 Baker St, Darling Heights

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Option 7: Retirement/Lifestyle Unit Dwelling 1st. Betty Sullivan – Palm Lake Resort, Villa 197 97-127 Hogg St, Toowoomba Nth L7 2nd. Pauline Palmer – Oak Tree Retirement Village, Villa 15/134 Baker St, Darling Heights Sth L13 3rd. Lexie & Arnie Henseleit – Drayton Villas, 227/63-65 Drayton Rd, Harristown Sth M7 Highly Commended: Kathryn Jowett – 3/3 Amity Crt, Toowoomba Sth K3 Highly Commended: Alan & Auriel Hirning – Oak Tree Retirement Village, Villa 2/134 Baker St, Toowoomba Sth L13 1st. Tony & Dorothy McKeon – 24 Wiangaree Dr, Rangeville Sth W11 Highly Commended: David Stanfield – 1A Mabel St, Harlaxton Nth T9 Highly Commended: Laguna Serviced Apartments – 189 Hume St, Toowoomba Nth R19

Option 9: Small Space Garden, Courtyard or Bush House 1st. Kevin & Lola Steinmuller – 32 Cathro St, Rockville 2nd. Kathryn Jowett – 3/3 Amity Crt, Toowoomba 3rd. Carol & Peter Mullen – 1/47 Trevean Dr, Kleinton Highly Commended: Pam & Alan Hahn – 31 Gascony St, Harristown 1st. Rob Kennedy & Michael Boland – 255 Hume St, Toowoomba

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Option 2: Floral Garden 1st. Bob & Val Ford – 19 Burke St, Toowoomba 2nd. Betty Sullivan – Palm Lake Resort, Villa 197/97 Hogg St 3rd. Rod & Jill Osborne – 11 Horizon Ct, Highfields Highly Commended: Crown Noble Accountants & Advisors – 372 Stenner St, Toowoomba Highly Commended: City Golf Club – 254 South St, Toowoomba

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The Chronicle Garden Competition 2017 Gardens Guide 2nd. Mark & Cindy-Jane Ryan – 15-17 Gascony St, Harristown Sth M8 3rd. Glenvale Villas – 182-184 Hursley Rd, Glenvale Nth H17 Highly Commended: Noel Zischke – 295 Stenner St, Toowoomba Sth R11

Option 11: Waterwise Award 1st. High elds ioneer Village Museum & ark – 73 Wirraglen Rd, High elds H 7 2nd. aguna Serviced artments – 189 Hume St, Toowoomba Nth R19

Class 6: Front Garden 1st. yn & rnie Mathies – 4 Helens St, ittsworth 2nd. nne Newsham – 49 Ramsay School Rd, Ramsay 3rd. Ted & Joyce Taylor – 145 8 New ngland Highway, ast Greenmount

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Good Neighbour Award Jeffery & Kerrie atham, and llan & Mary Kenna

Country Garden Winners Country Grand Champion aul & Noela Rubb – 194 Schult -Haden Rd, Haden

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Country Reserve Grand Champion Timo Sihvola & Robyn Rolfe – 24 Stark Dr, Vale View

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Class 1: Acreage Garden 1st. Timo Sihvola & Robyn Rolfe – 24 Stark Dr, Vale View CG B19 2nd. Margaret & eter Duff – ‘Yarran’ 33 Rutledge Rd, Jondaryan CG G14 3rd. Ray & Glenda ostle – 1334 alms Rd, er Yarraman CG J14

Class 2: Large Homestead Garden 1st. aul & Noela Rubb – 194 Schult -Haden Rd, Haden 2nd. Su anne & Russell Dickfos – 54 Rebwonga St, Kingsthor e

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Class 3: Small Homestead Garden 1st. Heather & Neville McNalty – ‘The alms’ 711 alms Rd, Cooyar 2nd. Christine Bartowski – 59 Goombungee Meringandan Rd, Meringandan West

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Class 5: Novice Garden enore & John erris – 3 erseverance Dam Rd, Crows Nest 2nd. Des & Val Hohn – 18 Short St, ittsworth 3rd. Shirley Cronk – 123 Mc ean Rd, echey

1st. Meringandan Hotel – 3 Main St, Meringandan 2nd. McKinlays Nursery – 5 Briggs St, ittsworth 3rd. Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard – 28 Swain Rd, lainby

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Option 1: Best Display of Flowering Annuals and Bulbs 1st. aul & Noela Rubb – 194 Schult -Haden Rd, Haden 2nd. David & Gay Kearey – 15 Beresford St, ittsworth 3rd. Des & Val Hohn – 18 Short St, ittsworth

CG I1 CG D7 CG D5

Option 2: Predominantly Australian Native Garden 1st. Wayne & Narelle Schick – 4 Booth Ct, Oakey 2nd. aul & Noela Rubb – 194 Schult -Haden Rd, Haden 3rd. Oakey Hos ital Nursing Home – Beale St, Oakey

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Option 3: Best Productive Garden 1st. Mervyn & lma owler – 7 Bowden St, ittsworth 2nd. David & Gay Kearey – 15 Beresford St, ittsworth 3rd. Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard – 28 Swain Rd, lainby

CG B CG D7 CG K1

Option 4: Small Space Garden or Bush house 1st. David & Gay Kearey – 15 Beresford St, ittsworth 2nd. aul & Noela Rubb – 194 Schult -Haden Rd, Haden 3rd. enore & John erris – 3 erseverance Dam Rd, Crows Nest

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Option 5: Best Sustainable Garden

Class 4: Town Garden 1st. David & Gay Kearey – 15 Beresford St, ittsworth 2nd. Wayne & Narelle Schick – 4 Booth St, Oakey 3rd. Mervyn & lma owler – 7 Bowden St, ittsworth

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Class 8: Commercial premises including offices and retail

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Class 7: Hospital, Nursing Home and Retirement Villages 1st. Oakey Hos ital Nursing Home – Beale St, Oakey

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Garden Without Annuals 1st. Gordon & Maria Reynolds – 4 Smythe Dr, High elds

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Family Friendly Garden 1st. Mark & Cindy-Jane Ryan – 15-17 Gascony St, Harristown Sth M8 2nd. Kylie & Tim Munn – 17 aith St, Rangeville Sth 3rd. Timo Shivola & Robyn Rolfe – 24 Stark Dr, Vale View CG B19

City Entrants

Dorothy Mills – 9 2 n ac v, Newtown Vonnie ebsanft – 1 Hinton St, Toowoomba Jose h Swanson – 7 Kettle St, Rockville Ste hen Kearey, Brian Zenke, Barry Hofy – 8 Shelton Cr, Toowoomba John & Val Smythe – Oak Tree Retirement Villlage, Villa 47 134 Baker St, Darling Heights arl & Sandra Boyes – Oak Tree Retirement Villlage, Villa 41 134 Baker St, Darling Heights Colin & Joan almblad – Oak Tree Retirement Villlage, Villa 134 Baker St, Darling Heights Robert Nelson – Weetwood St, Newtown Harald rthur Wagner – 4 Clarice St, Harristown eslie & Susan Smith – Villa 7, King sher Village, 3 3 S ring St, Toowoomba Ray Kahl – 254 West St, Kearneys S ring

City Business Entrants

Nubeena Retirement Village, 885 Ruthven St, Toowoomba Big 4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday ark, 34 iser St, Toowoomba Toowoomba Turf Club, Hursley Rd, Toowoomba Drayton Villas Retirement Village, 111 Drayton Rd, Toowoomba City Golf Club Driving Range, cnr Water & South Sts, Toowoomba Creative Oasis, 25 Mort St, Toowoomba

Country Entrants

ABC Winners 1st. Mark & Cindy-Jane Ryan – 15-17 Gascony St Harristown 2nd. Kathryn Jowett – 3 3 mity Crt Toowoomba 3rd. Bob & Val ord – 19 Burke St, Toowoomba

1st. Carol & eter Mullen – 1 47 Trevean Dr, Kleinton 2nd. Kylie & Tim Munn – 17 aith St, Rangeville 3rd. at Kelly – 275 Kearney St, To Cam

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Meadowbank Gardens, 1217 Bowenville-Moola Rd, Irvingdale

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With a highly-impressive resume tucked under her belt, the Chronicle Garden Competition is very happy to introduce Kim Woods Rabbidge as the 2017 judge. The award-winning garden writer and photographer is well known for the ‘Our Australian Gardens’ Instagram and blog, and her articles and photographs have appeared in several garden books and national publications, including Gardening Australia, House & Garden, and RM Williams Outback magazine. Kim was the researcher and scriptwriter for OAG’s DVDs, and from 2005 to 2009 was Queensland coordinator and national newsletter editor for Open Gardens Australia. Kim leads gardens and cultural tours for Opulent Journeys, which in 2018 will include Spain and Morocco, the Singapore Garden Festival, and Japan. She is currently the president of the Horticultural Media Association Queensland. Kim has lived in sub-tropical Brisbane for the last 12 years, and prior to that lived on Tamborine Mountain. She is used to cold-climate gardening as she grew up in New England, and when she married, she moved from Sydney to Oberon, on the central tablelands of New South Wales. “My dad taught me to appreciate the big wild garden on our property at Swan Vale between Glen Innes and Inverell,” Kim says. “Several species of wattle grew in bushland wildlife corridors, exquisite orchids emerged in the understory, native grasses changed colour through the seasons, and lichens provided endless fascination. “My mother engaged Elsa Lowry, an English lady who lived in Glen Innes, to help with plans for her

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Who knows which young child in awe of your blooms or aubergines or rolling on your lawn will be among our next generation of gardeners? — Chronicle Garden Competition judge Kim Woods Rabbidge garden – even though she had no water connected at the time. “My first garden was at Oberon in the eighties. “Watching bulbs emerge, followed by blossom after very cold, often snowy winters, was always exciting. “And after listening to Judith Pfeiffer, from Cloyne Nursery, talk so passionately about roses, I was so inspired I spent a few weeks studying her catalogue and then ordered eighty!” Kim is excited by the creativity of gardening. “Having visited hundreds of gardens and leading tours through several countries, it’s evident that gardens can be the best expression of yourself,” she says. “Some gardens are busy with lots of action – a bit crazy but fun. “Others are quiet spaces with a simple plant palette, or predominately green plantings – A place for peaceful contemplation. “We’re all different and that’s what’s great.” Kim believes that it’s important to be conscious of clutter in a garden.

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“What you leave out of a landscape can be as important as what is in it, too many features compete,” she says. “If you use tchotchkes [decorative objects], which can be fun, confine them to one part of the garden. “Be sure to keep open space, enough room to breathe, and to appreciate what’s growing. “It’s important to love your garden – if you’re finding it a burden it may just need simplifying a bit.” Kim finds competition judging a welcome, exciting challenge, and enjoys seeing what the Downs region has to offer. “Competitions are tricky because as a judge you’d like to be able to give more awards, especially as so many of the gardens have a very special atmosphere as you enter,” she says. “Every garden loved by its owner is a winning garden, whether it’s a tiny courtyard or sprawling acreage.” What does KIm love about the Toowoomba region? The Garden Competition judge enjoys being a part of the Garden City at this time of year. “Toowoomba is a beautiful, and proud city,” Kim says. “When driving through you sense most residents make an effort to ensure their property has street appeal. “I’m impressed how the Council and The Chronicle values gardening and gardeners. “The Downs too, is wonderful — I love the vitality, and how diverse it is with hills and bushland, plains and pastures.” “I trust entrants just enjoy the process of preparing their gardens, and sharing with visitors, it’s an incredibly generous thing to do. “Who knows which young child in awe of your blooms or aubergines or rolling on your lawn will be among our next generation of gardeners?”


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9 Competition Gardens (Drive Distance 3.2km) 5 & 7 Christmas Street, North Toowoomba • See two lovely floral competitions in the one street

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6 Japanese Garden Ju Raku En (Dist. 2.8km) 20 Regent Street, Darling Heights, Toowoomba • Stroll through one of Australia’s largest Japanese gardens • A central lake, three ‘islands’, extensive gardens and tree groves • Discover over 230 species of Japanese and Australian plants Waterbird Habitat

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7 Exhibition Garden (Drive Distance 1.2km) 5 Fern Drive, Kearneys Spring, Toowoomba • One of 5 private Exhibition gardens open for 10 days over the event, selected for their exceptional year-round garden displays • Entry ticket & passes may be purchased at any Exhibition Garden

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Award recipients OUTDOOR LIVING AREA

1. Mark and Cindy Ryan, 15-17 Gascony St, Harristown 2. Kathryn Jowett, 3/3 Amity Crt, Toowoomba 3. Bob and Val Ford, 19 Burke St, Toowoomba

Timo Sihvola and Robyn Rolfe, 24 Stark Dr, Vale View. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

NEW FRONT GARDEN – ROD HULTGREN PERPETUAL TROPHY

Much-loved ABC Southern Queensland gardening commentator and former Carnival of Flowers Grand Champion gardener, Rod Hultgren, has been remembered in this year’s competition with a perpetual trophy in his honour going to the winners of the ABC Southern Queensland’s New Front Garden category, Carol and Peter Mullen. Rod and his wife Maureen, along with Penny McKinlay, have been judging the ABC Southern Queensland sections of the Chronicle Garden Competition for many years. Following Rod’s passing earlier this year, Mike Wells joined Penny for ABC Southern Queensland’s weekly Saturday morning gardening talk-back segment, and together with Maureen and Penny, judged the ABC categories this year. As a long-time entrant in the competition, Rod had a great passion for encouraging and mentoring new entrants and introduced the New Front Garden section to the ABC Southern Queensland categories to attract new gardeners and he championed it wholeheartedly. The judges were delighted with the standard of

1. Carol and Peter Mullen, 1/47 Trevean Dr, Kleinton 2. Kylie, Tim and Peppa Munn, 17 Faith St, Rangeville 3. Pat Kelly, 275 Kearney St, Top Camp

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The late Rod Hultgren in the State Rose Garden, Newtown Park. PHOTO: BEV LACEY

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1. Mark and Cindy Ryan, 15-17 Gascony St, Harristown 2. Kylie, Tim and Peppa Munn, 17 Faith St, Rangeville 3. Timo Sihvola and Robyn Rolfe, 24 Stark Dr, Vale View

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Betty Sullivan, Villa 197 Palm Lake Resort, 97 Hogg St. PHOTO: BEV LACEY

Ruby Brunner, 38A Crown St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

Allan and Mary Kenna, 7 Christmas St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

Allan and Mary Kenna, 7 Christmas St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

Mark and Cindy Ryan and family, 15-17 Gascony St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

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Allan and Mary Kenna, 7 Christmas St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER


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Russell and Suzanne Dickfos, 54 Rebwonga St, Kingsthorpe. PHOTO:

Betty Sullivan, Villa 197 Palm Lake Resort, 97 Hogg St. PHOTO: BEV LACEY

CLINT KENNY

Rob Kennedy and Michael Boland, 255 Hume St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

Sponsors, from left; Jan Johnson - Heritage Bank, Kim Woods Rabbidge - city judge, Cr Geoff McDonald - TRC, Les and Fae Stephson - garden entrants and Stacey Hixon - The Chronicle. Garden of Les & Faye Stephson, Perth Street. PHOTO: BEV LACEY

Russell and Suzanne Dickfos, 54 Rebwonga St, Kingsthorpe. PHOTO: CLINT KENNY

Rob Kennedy and Michael Boland, 255 Hume St. PHOTO: KEVIN

Kevin and Dianna Drew, 17 Ward St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

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Peter and Carol Mullen with their dog Snowy, Unit 1/47 Trevean Dr.

Bob and Val Ford, 19 Burke St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

Gordon and Maria Reynolds, 40 Smythe Dr. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

Gordon and Maria Reynolds, 40 Smythe Dr. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

Kathryn Jowett, 3/3 Amity Crt. PHOTO: BEV LACEY

Kathryn Jowett, 3/3 Amity Crt.

Timo Sihvola and Robyn Rolfe, 24 Stark Dr, Vale View.

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Kevin and Dianna Drew, 17 Ward St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

Les and Fae Stephson, 161 Perth St. PHOTO: KEVIN

Alma Williams, 5 Kearney St. PHOTO:

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Les and Fae Stephson, 161 Perth St. PHOTO: KEVIN

Rod and Jill Osborne, 11 Horizon Crt. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

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Rob Kennedy and Michael Boland, 255 Hume St. PHOTO:

Rod and Jill Osborne, 11 Horizon Crt. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

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Keven and Amanda Corbett, 15 Arabian St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

Keven and Amanda Corbett, 15 Arabian St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

John and Cheryl Ganzer, 21 Talinga St. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

Keven and Amanda Corbett, 15 Arabian St.

Rod and Jill Osborne, 11 Horizon Crt. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

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St Luke’s Flower and Music Festival 15 - 20 September 2017

This year’s Flower and Music Festival mark’s our 51st year of continuous participation in the major celebration of life in Toowoomba. We are focusing on “Sounds of Music” represented in floral display throughout the church. We look forward to welcoming you. There is a veritable “feast” of attractions.You can walk the Toowoomba City Labyrinth located in our grounds, wander through plant stalls, craft stalls, browse second hand books, enjoy lunch or a snack, have a picnic in the grounds, or take in the free concerts each day.

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For The Chronicle Garden Competition judge Kim Woods Rabbidge, the event has been a fantastic display of the Garden City’s generosity and atmosphere. “I’m always heartened by the amount of effort put in by the gardeners, and the fact that they’re prepared to share their gardens with the public — it’s a very generous gesture,” Kim says. “The gardeners here are amazing — Toowoomba has a great gardening culture, people are joyous here and really love their gardens.” When judging the competition, Kim is looking for a number of key things to pick a winning garden, including plant health and maintenance. “Also, how plants are used and making sure that they don’t compete with one another — that is, that they’re given space and they’re well displayed. “Sometimes you need to take one plant or tree out to let the other take the stage. “I’m looking for full, lush and balanced gardens that counterbalance voids with mass, as well as considering heights with small, non-invasive trees.” Kim believes that it’s important to always continue to learn. “It’s very important to keep it fresh — you don’t have to use all of your good ideas at once,” Kim says. “Take the time to visit other gardens, both new and old, and go to the library and get some books on gardening. “Be prepared to change — embrace change.” The judging team were also lucky enough to drive

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Owed to Green Carnival colour begins to appear in so many garden beds, pinks and oranges, yellows and blues, mauves and whites and reds. “Hang on a bit!” a voice interrupts, “I’m in there too, you know! I’m number one in the colour parade – My colour is always on show! What basic colour have you left out? What colour’s there but not seen? I’m in every garden all of the time. I’m most important – I’m Green!

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“In some garden beds through cold winter months No other colour’s in sight, But what colour’s there with its song unsung? Life-giving Green! Yes, that’s right!

Michael Rooke is passionate about Toowoomba and a composer of poems and limericks. Michael teaches circle dance at U3A and other community groups in our city. While his gift for poetry has been lifelong, only in recent years has he learnt and now teaches the gentle, meditative art of circle dance. Michael, who was a journalist during his working life, in now retired. He is a long term resident of Toowoomba. He is inspired by life, nature, the earth and is passionate about preserving and paying tribute to our history and our environment.

“And what other colours could put on a show if it wasn’t for hard-working me. My chlorophyll helps growing things grow from all that sun’s energy. “There are so many greens if you just take a look – each plant has its own shade of green. I’m a symbol of life, of newness, of hope, and besides, I keep the air clean. “One thing you’re learning this century is the need to have more global views. My importance has come to be valued. I’m more and more in the news. “And, speaking of news – without their green leaves no trees would be able to grow. No trees, no newsprint, and no Chronicle for delivery drivers to throw. “So when you writers start writing of colourful gardens to see, you should remember we’re part of a team, those other colours and me. “My apologies, Green, for leaving you out; your argument’s certainly true. I’ll make amends and I’ll dedicate this Carnival poem to you. – Michael Rooke

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Everyday Gardens Carnival gardens will soon be on show, a delight to everyone’s eyes, but a different sort of garden as well wins a different sort of a prize. It’s a garden that tells of the colours of life (though not in a postcard way), It’s a garden that tells of ongoing life – it’s the garden of everyday. There’s maybe a well-worn path in the lawn made by feet young or old. There’s maybe a heap of cut firewood for when the evenings get cold. There could be a swing and a cubby house and a rambly garden shed, some fruit trees too and a compost heap and perhaps a vegetable bed. There’s maybe a sandpit with buckets and spade where children (and grown-ups) can play, and a washing line in the sunniest spot, where the washing is hung every day. Perhaps there’s a rainwater tank near the house to catch the rain that falls free, and a special place for children to hide, and a favourite climbing tree. And some shrubs that look welcome to visiting birds, to sing their songs or to nest; and an outdoor seat in a sheltered spot to catch up on well-earned rest. And a fireplace or a barbecue, to feast and to celebrate, a place for a special gathering time when visitors come through the gate. And maybe a chook pen out at the back ( just the place for the kitchen scraps). And, for those who like pets, some birds in a cage, a dog, or a couple of cats. And some open space for running around, for cricket, or for kicking a ball. And flowers too – who’d be without them? It’s their season most of all. So – homespun prizes to all of those gardens that speak of love and of care. In so many ordinary everyday ways they tell of the life that is there. — Michael Rooke

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community events St Luke’s Flower and Music Festival

When: Friday, September 15, to Wednesday, September 20, 9am–4pm Where: St Luke’s Anglican Church, cnr Ruthven and Herries Sts, Toowoomba What: Each year, the historical St Luke’s plays host to the magnificent floral display presented by the Toowoomba Floral Art Group. There will also be music concerts held daily at 12.30pm and art and craft stalls by local artisans. Enjoy a variety of refreshments for sale, browse through the second-hand books or pick up a new plant. Entry is by gold coin donation.

Quilts, Stitches and Textiles Trail

When: Friday, September 15, to Saturday, September 23, from 9am Where: Various venues throughout Toowoomba What: Celebrate all things quilts and stitches in this five-event extravaganza during the Carnival of Flowers. Toowoomba Quilters Club will present its Carnivale of Quilts for $5 entry at Salo Centre, Rome St, Newtown, from Saturday, September 16, to Friday, September 22, from 9am–4.30pm daily, closing early on Friday at 2.30pm. Quilt Journeys can be found at Fairholme College from Sunday to Wednesday, open 9am–5pm daily and showcasing the works of Leona Sweeney for $5 entry. Robyn Ginn will display her quilts at 4 Kelsall Court, Rangeville, on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30am–5pm for a gold coin donation for charity. Meanwhile, find Toowoomba in Stitch at St Ursula’s College on the second Friday and Saturday by the Toowoomba Embroiderers’ Guide, from 10am–3pm for $5 entry. Finally, St Luke’s Anglican Church will play host to Toowoomba Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Group until Wednesday from 9am–4pm daily.

Woodcraft Display

When: Friday, September 15, to Sunday, September 24, 9.30am–4pm Where: Cobb+Co Museum, 27 Lindsay St, East Toowoomba What: Enjoy seeing woodcraft in action this Carnival of Flowers. There will be beautiful and useful pieces created in Australian timbers, as well as the Golden Gouge

competition entries being on display. In addition, there will be demonstrations, a selection of items for sale, raffles and lucky dips.

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Geham Craft and Garden Show

When: Friday, September 15, to Sunday, September 24, 9.30am to 4pm daily Where: Highfields Pioneer Village, 73 Wirraglen Road, Highfields What: Whether you love Australian settlement history, want to find out more about Queensland’s heritage, or just want something a little bit different out of a tourist attraction, then the Highfields Pioneer Village is for you. During Carnival time, the daily program includes damper making, silversmithing, billy tea and damper, whip cracking, craft lessons, tours, sausage sizzle and

When: Saturday, September 16, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, September 17, 9am to 3pm Where: Geham State School, 9625 New England Highway, Geham What: There are more than 65 stalls full of country crafts and arts, upcycled furniture, patchwork, woodcrafts, jewellery, leather goods and more. There’s a range of entertainment for the whole family with live music, a classic car display, demonstrating artists and art and craft activities for the kids. Entry is $5 for adults and free for kids aged 11 and

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Teapot Extravaganza

When: Saturday, September 16, to Saturday, September 23, 9.30am–4.30pm Where: St Alban’s Church Hall, cnr Anzac Ave and Hill St, Toowoomba What: This annual celebration of teapots is back once again for 2017’s Carnival of Flowers. With more than 400 teapots on display, there will be decorative, functional, novelty, and antique styles. There will also be book stalls, craft stalls, plants for sale, and food available to purchase. Entry is $3.

Carnival of Trains

When: Saturday, September 16, to Sunday, September 24, 10am to 4pm daily Where: Toowoomba Showgrounds, 100 Glenvale Rd, Glenvale What: Come along and see the world of model railways where the grass is green and flowers bright and colourful. Trains run through the beautiful scenery with a Model Railway Museum to visit as well. Entry is free, though gold coin donation is appreciated.

Lions Charity Show and Shine

When: Sunday, September 17, 10am–2.30pm Where: Cabarlah Showgrounds, New England Hwy What: Come and enjoy this display of cars, bikes, trucks and rods at their best as the Lions

bring their event to Carbalah – just north of Toowoomba and Highfields. There will be entertainment for kids and families, including a live band and face-painting and a jumping castle for the children. Entry is $5 for adults and free for children under 12, or if you would like to enter your car it is $20 per vehicle.

A Potter’s Picnic

When: Sunday, September 17, 7am to 4pm Where: Darling Downs Potters’ Club, 145 West St, Toowoomba What: Take part in the Darling Downs Potters’ Club event, where there’ll be market stalls, spring-themed ceramics and light food and refreshments. Don’t miss the music and entertainment throughout the day, with activities such as interactive clay demonstrations for children and adults. Entry is free.

Pop-up Paint Along

When: Sunday, September 17, 10am to 1pm Where: St Saviour’s Hall, Neil St What: Let your creativity run wild as colourful artist, Anna Bartlett, guides you through a three hour paint along. You’ll be treated to a glass of champagne on arrival, with morning tea and materials included to recreate Anna’s original painting, taking home your very own masterpiece. Entry is $75 per person.

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When: Monday, September 18, to Thursday, September 21, 9am to 4pm daily Where: St Stephen’s Uniting Church, 51 Neil St, Toowoomba What: Come alone for a relaxing day at St Stephen’s. Stained glass windows, fantastic floral displays, craft, jams, pickles, home cooking, fabric colouring workshops and Devonshire teas. Entry is gold coin donation.

Fairies and Flowers Fantasy

When: Friday, September 22, to Sunday, September 24, 9am–2pm Where: The Glennie School, 246 Herries St, Newtown What: Raising money for Angel Flight, this event will include all things fairies and flowers. Children can make their own butterfly wings or enter in the fairy garden building competition. There will be fashion parades of artisan creations, Carnival artist in residence and artisan stalls, as well as a fairy grotto and magician. Entry is free.

St David’s on Display

When: Saturday, September 23, 8am to 2pm Where: St David’s Presbyterian Church, 46 Mary St, Toowoomba What: St David’s Presbyterian Church holds its annual Carnival celebration with floral displays, cakes, crafts, plants and white elephant stalls set in the beautiful church gardens. See the displays and demonstrations and take home a great bargain from one of the many stalls. Entry is free.


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Garden design

Reflects personality From tranquil to chaotic, choose a style that suits who you are Designing a beautiful garden can be the perfect way to reflect your personality and create a beautiful space to relax and reflect in and escape to. There are many different design styles, with something to reflect most owner’s personalities from the calm oasis of a Japanese garden to the riotous and seemingly chaotic cottage gardens. The first step in creating a perfect garden is defining what characteristics are important to the garden’s creator – after that it is a matter of meticulous planning, preparation and finally construction. As any experienced gardeners will say, a garden is a labour of love and a constant process with the construction phase sometimes taking years of work. But the effort is well worth is, as a garden is a living embodiment of an owner’s personality.

Japanese gardens

Japanese gardens a defined by their tranquilly, clean lines and subtlety. The gardens incorporate three main elements – plants, water and rocks. These elements can be put together in a range of ways to create a peaceful oasis. Subtle contrasts in plants’ colour and texture are often used in Japanese gardens. Plants are used to create vignettes and hidden, intimate corners which offer peaceful resting spots with the addition of a bamboo pavilion, or tea house. Water, and the sound of trickling water, is known for its calming effects and reflecting pools and waterfalls are the ideal addition to a Japanese garden. Stepping stones, gravel pathways and Zen stone raking areas all add to the tranquillity of a Japanese garden.

Modern gardens

Clean, strong structure with a minimalist feel is at the heart of modern garden design. Plants are used as architecture within a modern garden with careful consideration given to plant selection and placement. It is always important to remember that plants in modern gardens need to be visually interesting with a strong focus on foliage and texture, using the plants as sculptures. Carefully chosen plants can add height to the

design, with ornamental grasses, succulents and plants with textured foliage adding points of interest. In a modern garden, natural textures and colours from timbers, slate and natural gravel, beautifully offset the architecture of the plants; the same can be said for any water features, or art pieces incorporated.

Cottage gardens

Informality is the driving force behind designing a cottage garden and while the planting may seem haphazard there are still guidelines to create a functional and beautiful space. Cottage garden beds are often designed with

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symmetry in mind with informal edging like large stones, or re-purposed bricks. Plants are a riotous blend of flowering plants, herbs and vegetables; flowering plants include roses, particularly old-style or climbing roses grown over arbours, flowering perennials such as iris and peonies. Brick or gravel paths, or even bark mulch, throughout the gardens allow for harvesting, and picking, of both herbs, vegetables and flowers. Decorative features need to reflect the style of the garden and often include birdhouses, feeders or re-purposed objects such as old garden tools, old bicycles, potting benches or watering cans.

DESERT GARDENS

The desert style is ideal for low-maintenance garden lovers; it is a simple architecturally enticing design. The desert style is all about exercising restraint with a strong focus on earth tones and drought-resistant plants. True desert plants like cactus need very well draining soils with full sun for most, if not all of the day. Succulents can be used in more shaded spots in the garden. In a desert garden, stone, or concrete walls, abstract sculptures and pots and urns can be used to good effect. Colour can be added through coloured cactus varieties.

Eco-friendly gardens

Sustainability is king when it comes to designing an eco-friendlly garden. It is focussed on minimising the input of resources into a garden and the output of waste. A high value is placed on water and soil resources as well as preserving existing plants and conserving other resources. The design needs to focus on making the most of the sun and shade available in the garden to planting appropriate trees to reduce heating and cooling costs within a home. The use of recycled materials and eco-friendlly paving options should also be considered to improve the green properties of the garden. Plants should be selected for their drought-resistant, low maintenance properties – perennials are a good options as these plants do not require replanting each year. The use of mulch, to reduce evaporation from the soil. As lawns are quite often high water users in a garden, it is best the use of them is kept to a minimum.

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Gumbi Gumbi Gardens

Dozens of flowerbeds will showcase spectacular blooms across four of the main parks, with live music and other events on throughout the areas.

Featuring extensive plantings of indigenous flora used by the local Aboriginal communities, the Gumbi Gumbi Gardens and Cultural Site covers 2.2 hectares of land adjacent to the northern side of the University of Southern Queensland’s main entrance in West St. The gardens were designed in close partnership with respected historical Elders from Toowoomba and Elders of the Jarowair People, the Traditional Owners of the land on which the USQ campus resides.

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This classic Toowoomba destination is located on the crest of the Great Dividing Range and looks out upon the Lockyer Valley as well as the Garden City’s iconic Table Top Mountain. For adults and older children, there are many walks to be done to take in the beautiful scenery, such as the Pardalote Walk, which is 1.9km long and follows the very edge of the escarpment. As well as the spectacular blooming flowers, during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers there will be a host of talented musicians playing at Picnic Point with a style for everyone, be it jazz, blues, folk, rockabilly, soul, country, rock and roll or big brass acts.

Queens Park

The main festivities for the Carnival take place in Queens Park. It hosts the Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival, the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series, Sideshow Alley, and is the finishing point for the Grand Central Floral Parade. Explorers can find the Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival and Heritage Bank Live Concert Series on the corner of Margaret and Lindsay Sts, while the parade’s finishing point is at the corner of Hume and Godsall

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Spring Bluff

These beautiful grounds are home to the heritage-listed Spring Bluff Railway Station with nearly 150 years of railway history and gardens. The breath-taking gardens are host to snapdragons, poppies, ranunculus, stock, petunias and many other annuals and other plants. Bring along a picnic and spend the day relaxing and enjoying the floral display with the Jim Miller Big Band playing on Sunday, September 17, from 11.30am to 3pm. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are trains operating during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Hop aboard the diesel train leaving Toowoomba twice daily at 9am and 1pm for a scenic journey down to Spring Bluff, where you’ll be greeted by the acting station master. Japanese Gardens Visit the Japanese Gardens at the University of Southern Queensland and you will be transported to a Buddhist paradise with a celestial sea that laps the rocky shores of little islands that can be reached by four beautiful bridges. Ja Raku En was designed in the traditional style by Professor Kinsaku Nakane of Kyoto. Every rock and plant was carefully placed to create vistas that convey feelings of peace and tranquility. Features include a mountain stream, central lake, azalea hill, three kilometres of paths and 230 species of plants.

This magnificent garden, forest and park, covering six hectares in Range Street, was established as the private garden of Leslie and Margaret Boyce who owned the Toowoomba Foundry (maker of the iconic Griffith and Southern Cross windmills). Heritage listed, The Boyce Gardens Estate showcases the value of native plant conservation and biodiversity. With boundless opportunity for education, cultural experience and recreation the gardens have a parklike quality that is perfect for strolling, quiet reflection and family picnics.

Newtown Park – Queensland State Rose Garden

Located in Holberton St at Newtown, this historic Toowoomba park covers an area of 12 hectares and features around 2000 rose varieties including Hybrid Tea and Musk, Floribunda, David Austin, Standard, Climbing and Pillar varieties. The Heritage Rose Garden bed was planted with 180 roses introduced before the year 1900 paying homage to Empress Josephine who collected roses from around the world. The park also features pretty pavilions, children’s playground, BBQ area and sports oval with croquet lawns nearby.

Peacehaven Botanical Park - Highfields

Amazing views of Gowrie Junction and the Bunya Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to this beautifully landscaped park which features three distinct lawns bordered by collections of established trees and gardens. Peacehaven Botanical Park, located in Kuhls Road, at Highfields covers 4.7ha and provides for the recreational needs of Highfields residents including both formal and informal community activities and private events.

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Just moments from the city centre, on the corner of Herries and West Sts, is the ever-popular Laurel Bank Park. The Downs Association for the Blind garden is a feast of scents for the nose, and children love the giant caterpillar and train topiaries. Each year there is a theme to the garden beds in the upper right corner of the park grounds, with a raised platform for optimum viewing. There will also be yoga and tai chi displays this year on Saturday, September 16, from 9.30am to 11am, with a 17-piece swing band performing the same day. Take time out for a cup of tea or cool drink at the Croquet Club on the grounds, or enjoy a tribute to Disney musical theatre being sung and performed at 11.30am on the first Saturday of Carnival. If dancing is more your fancy, the day after from 11am there will be two outdoor dance floors. South Queensland’s top dance band, Let’s Dance Band, will perform new vogue, old time and rock ‘n’ roll style music.


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Meet the

cover artist

Christine Brassington’s unique and unparalleled style of Chinese art graces the cover of the Garden Competition and Visitors Guide Like most who feel compelled to follow the artist’s path, as a child Christine Brassington loved all things creative and art was her favourite subject throughout school. Between then and now, however, it took a while to get back on track. Her artwork could be described as eclectic. “I like to be able to move from the minimalist, emotive, ‘xie yi’ style of Chinese brush painting to intimately detailed portraiture of people using graphite, depending on what I feel the need to do creatively and, more pragmatically, what is required for a particular occasion,” Christine says. Within these apparent extremes, Christine loves to do whimsical portraits of animals in coloured pencil, and can’t resist acrylics for stylised interpretations of flora and fauna and more subtle, personal reflections on places she has visited. In recent years, Christine has completed several public art commissions in downtown Toowoomba, including the design for the pergola canopy and a wall sculpture at Kwong Sang Walk. Last year Christine was thrilled to have her entry in the Queensland Regional Art Award selected to tour the state. For several years now she has been an artist on tour with the Flying Arts by Request program, giving workshops on Chinese brush painting, calligraphy and

printmaking. Christine also enjoys lino block printing for its physicality, meditativeness and design elements. “I like observing, listening, and trying new experiences – sights, sounds, smells, languages, meeting people – I think we all have things in common, no matter where we come from,” Christine says. “You just have to be open to this – experiencing other cultures also helps you understand and appreciate your own. “An appreciation for the romance and philosophy of Chinese brush painting influences much of my artwork.” Recently, for her professional development, Christine has been concentrating on calligraphy.

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Christine is also a Doctor of Philosophy in Chinese Studies, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies with first-class honours, and a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She finds that the required attention to posture and brush strokes also helps her painting, and the discipline of near daily practice is helpful in developing ‘qi’ – the special energy and mind/body connection acknowledged as intrinsic to oriental art, and equally important in any artform.…if I stick at it. “It’s been said that art is part enjoyment, part compulsion, part therapy – this is all true for me!” Christine says. Visit www.christinebrassington.com to see more of this talented artist.


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invites you to visit these five magnificent

Exhibition Gardens

Since its establishment in 1973, The Chronicle Exhibition Gardens program has featured over 65 fantastic gardens and raised more than $610,000 for charity. Each year several of Toowoomba’s finest gardens are open for public viewing, with selected charitable organisations chosen to benefit from these open gardens at Carnival time.

To see all five gardens costs $12, three gardens cost $10 and $5 for one garden. Tickets are available at each of the gardens. This year all money raised will be shared between Toowoomba Community Care Transport, Anglicare, Life Education, St Vincent de Paul Society and Legacy.

Philip And Marjorie Martin ~ 17 Dallang Road This expansive garden has been evolving for 40 years and has been a exhibition garden for 22 years. Attracting visitors worldwide, it displays a rich collection of trees, shrubs, climbers, perennials and bulbs. The large front garden incorporates a circular driveway and contains lawn areas, mature specimen trees such as liriodendron, cercis and gingko, conifers and azaleas. Underplantings of clivias, hellebores, ferns and ligularia are emphasised by carpets of white cerastium and oxford blue Veronica. A gateway on the western boundary opens to the sweeping lawns of the rear garden and its distinct areas featuring ponds, arches, the Moongate and cherry walk, birdwalk, swing house and ‘Star Cottage’. Look for these (and more) rare, unusual and exquisite plants – double wisteria, weeping cypress (coneybearii area), tabelriia, geraniums, hollyhocks, flowering cherries, clematis and weeping silver pear. Read the history of ‘Star Cottage’ and follow the shaded walk with Tasmanian tree ferns, rhododendrons and clivias back to the azalea garden, then enjoy a Devonshire tea and browse the plant and craft stalls.

Kelly & Cheryl Fry ~ 21 Dallang Road Kelly and Cheryl Fry planted cedars and palm trees to frame the double storey house. Their love of conifers and clivias is evident, providing both colour and form to the backbone of the park-like garden. The flowing curved garden beds as well as raised areas make for an easy stroll around the garden. The beds are filled with many flowering shrubs, perennials and salvias, along with flowering peaches and cherries, maples and magnolias, cycads and grass trees. There is a sasanqua camellia hedge. A large jacaranda tree was removed in November 2016, and a bromeliad hill has been established at this site under the eventual canopy of a ‘Kellys Gold’ negundo tree. There is also a bog garden filled with beautiful yellow iris. Garden seats are placed in shady areas to provide a place to relax and view different areas of the garden. This three quarter acre garden has been planted to provide colourful interest through the four seasons.

Val Peachey ~ 5 Fern Drive Val’s garden is an integrated garden, with structural evergreens, weeping standard maples, a magnificent conifer and a range of roses, alstroemerias, hellebores, bulbs and perennials. The beautiful garden, with a variety of perennials flowering at different times, comes to life in Spring with flowering annuals such as larkspurs, foxgloves, hollyhocks and schizanthus planted amongst the roses. A walk through the gated arch, covered with a rose and clematis on the western side of the house reveals a kalmia, a soft-leafed hydrangea, more clematis, a beautiful climbing rose, and other perennials with a little gem magnolia, michelia yunnanensis and a flowering plum. The vegetable patch is primarily planted with strawberries, including gooseberries, asparagus and rhubarb. The back garden features a forest pansy (cercis tree), philadelphus, variegated spirea and a crab apple. The fernery houses clivias, orchids, ferns, hanging baskets, camellias and azaleas, and a large beaucarnea.

Mark And Anne O’Brien ~ 79 North Street This is the garden for all the cottage gardens lovers, with a pink, mauve and white theme, incorporating plantings of standard roses, iris, moraya hedge, standard gardenias, magnolia and a weeping cherry. There is also a new addition to be encountered in the back garden after entering the side gate. A garden room has been built to sit and ponder while looking out onto the garden and fish pond. As you meander along the many old brick paths and search the many nooks and crannies, you will find the garden brimming with old fashioned annuals, roses, ferns and over 15 different salvias. This back garden caters to full sun and many shade-loving plants. The garden canopy is provided by a tiny grove of silver birch trees, ornamental peach as well as four established trees (ash, kurrajong and pittosporums), two spiraea, two photinias and two hibiscus.

Sue Hawkins ~ 37 Murphys Creek Road A garden for all seasons, curving stone paths, hideaway areas, magnolias, camellias, incredible colour and a variety of dwarf and large maples — a visit to Sue Hawkins’ garden is truly memorable. The natural mountainous terrain has provided a natural canvas for a garden showcasing depth and multi levels, making this an explorational treasure. The garden is full of azaleas, unusual ground covers, roses and geraniums, with some rare varieties for those with a keen botanical eye. A huge ginkgo maiden hair tree hovers over a pink luculia at carnival time. The joy of spring is on display with cherries, peach, almond, flowering trees — some variegated, all stunning and showing their beauty. The beautiful creamed clivias are a high point of the garden. The cast iron rotunda is covered by little gem magnolias, overlooking a pergola covered in yellow banksia roses. Dense planting and well thought our marrying of varieties makes for a true experience as you explore this garden and take it the views. While the backyard is a shady, green retreat, the front yard is more akin to a beautifully manicured parkland.

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Enjoy some of Toowoomba’s

quaint markets

Taste delicious local produce and listen to some free live music at these fun markets. When: Every Thursday, noon-6pm. Where: Empire Theatre, 54 Neil St.

The Toowoomba Farmers Market

A market that advocates for the farmer, the grower, the producer and the artisan while promoting education and awareness. When: Every Saturday, 8am-1pm. Where: Walton Stores, 476 Ruthven St.

Queens Park Market

Find delicious things to eat, craft or groovy bits and bobs. When: Every third Sunday of the month, 8am-1pm. Where: Queens Park, cnr Lindsay and Arthur Sts.

Toowoomba Backyard Gardeners and Produce Market

Grab a bargain, enjoy a sausage sizzle and support your local Scout group. When: Every third Saturday of the month, 7am-12.30pm. Where: Toowoomba North State School, 8 Taylor St.

Toowoomba PCYC Markets

Full of locally grown fruit and vegetables, home-made and used/vintage goods. When: Every Sunday, 7am-12.30pm. When: 219A James St.

Cabarlah Markets

With more than 300 stalls, there are so many different things to see, including crafts, fruit and vegies, plants, glassware, furniture and more. When: Last Sunday of every month, 7.30am-12.30pm. Where: Cabarlah Hall, 9856 New England Hwy, Cabarlah.

Join us for dinner with Logie winner Samuel Johnson Saturday 9th December at 6pm The Cathedral Centre, Toowoomba B o o k y o u r t i c k e t s f o r S t V i n c e n t ’s H o s p i t a l ’s 95th Birthday Celebrations at trybooking.com

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba (07) 4690 4000 6668531ah

My Local Feast Farmers Market

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Your ticket to the gardens You could say that Stonestreets know their way around Toowoomba, having been a proud part of the local community since 1993. During this time, they have established a long standing connection with the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers,

sponsoring The Chronicle Garden Competition and operating Carnival of Flower tours for more than 10 years. At other times of the year you’ll find Stonestreets Coaches transporting business groups and school students across South-East Queensland. You’ll also find escorted tour groups as far from home as Canberra, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Kakadu, Norfolk Island and even abroad in Japan, France and Turkey!

Stonestreets Travel to become Toowoomba’s largest local tour operator and the only local operator with a fully licensed travel agency. Now it doesn’t matter if you want to charter a coach for a short journey, take a tour throughout Australia or travel around the world, Stonestreets can take you there. You can book and join one of Stonestreets popular Carnival tours by visiting the Stonestreets website: www.stonestreetstravel.com.au

It was their passion and history of travelling that lead

Toowoomba’s own

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t’s a busy time of year for the Stonestreets Coaches fleet and drivers who will transport more than a thousand visitors to the Garden City, around the most vibrant parks and gardens over the carnival period.

“Going the Extra Mile since 1993”

SHORT & EXTENDED TOURS | INTERNATIONAL TOURS | BATTLEFIELDS TOURS

CARNIVAL GARDEN TOURS

MORNING GARDEN TOUR Fri 15 - Sun 24 September

Delight in seeing prize-winning gardens in all their morning glory. Our three hour guided tour takes in a selection of Toowoom a s most spectacular pri ate gardens. This includes a isit to pri ate gardens and e hi ition garden so ook in for a oral showcase not to e missed. Departs 9am

AFTERNOON GARDEN TOUR Fri 15 - Sun 24 September

ndulge in a rela ing afternoon strolling through eautiful pri ate gardens. Our three-hour guided tour takes in a selection of Toowoom a s prizewinning gardens. This includes pri ate gardens and e hi ition garden so don t miss out on an afternoon with the owers. Departs 1pm

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AN ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE 9 - 13 February 2018

5 DAYS

BALLARAT BEGONIA FESTIVAL 9 - 14 March 2018

5 DAYS

Most only dream of seeing the frozen continent of Antarctica. This short tour makes it easy with a scenic passenger et ight right o er Antarctica. This uni ue ight departs from Mel ourne pro iding a great e cuse to spend some time seeing the sights and e periencing Mel ourne.

Disco er why the entral ighlands of ictoria are known for colourful looms and a colourful history. plore allarat s rich history and the annual egonia esti al isit the site of the ureka tockade e plore o ereign ill see ep urn springs ride the old elds ailway isit endigo Tramways orkshop and much more.

NORFOLK ISLAND 28 March - 5 May 2018

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oin us an e plore one of Australia s most eautiful and culturally signi cant islands with sandy eaches spectacular iews tall agged cli s towering pines and a rich and intriguing history. orfolk em races tourism o ering a fantastic range of e periences sights and entertainment.

View our full range of tours online at www.stonestreetstravel.com.au “Toowoomba’s only local tour operator with an accredited travel agency”

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The Chronicle Garden Competition and Visitor Guide 2017  
The Chronicle Garden Competition and Visitor Guide 2017