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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers September 16—25 Contents Take a look through the Carnival Souvenir Guide and visit tcof.com.au to book tickets to paid events so you don’t miss out.
Join us for 10 days in September when Toowoomba comes alive with flowers, food and fun! The Carnival of Flowers plays host to a whole series of fantastic festivals, events, concerts, displays, special events and tours — some of which are ticketed, many of which are free.
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BUSINESSES JOIN THE FUN SPRINGS GARDEN WORLD YUKANA RETIREMENT VILLAGE GEMSTONE RISE COBB+CO
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EAT, DRINK, SAVOUR ERGON ENERGY FLOWER, FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL TICKETING INFORMATION
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GARDEN GURUS SCHOOL GARDENS MEET THE CHRONICLE GARDEN COMPETITION GRAND CHAMPIONS SEE THE RESERVE CHAMPION GARDEN COUNTRY WINNERS SHARE THEIR JOY NAVIGATE THE GARDENS WITH OUR MAPS CHECK OUT THE CHRONICLE COMPETITION GARDENS THE ABC JUDGES SHARE THEIR PICKS THE COMPETITION IN PICTURES MEET OUR JUDGE
HERITAGE BANK LIVE CONCERT SERIES PROGRESSIVE DINNER TOUR
COMMUNITY EVENTS CLIVIA SHOW SHOW AND SHINE
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Welcome. Mayoral welcome — Mayor Paul Antonio, Toowoomba Regional Council THE Carnival of Flowers is one of our most loved community events, a vibrant festival that appeals not just to our proud residents, but to national and international visitors alike. Spring in Toowoomba never disappoints and nature once again has set the stage for a wonderful Carnival of Flowers in 2016. This year’s Carnival calendar is a cracker and there really is something
for everyone. Highlights include The Chronicle Garden Competition, Grand Central Floral Parade, Ergon Energy Flower Food and Wine Festival and Heritage Bank Live Concert Series. But there are also many, many community and horticultural events that bring people together to celebrate the wonder of spring. A heartfelt thank you to our
sponsors and the scores of volunteers who, for 67 years, have ensured the Carnival continues to thrive. Whether you’re a local or you’re visiting from afar, I extend a very warm and proud welcome to the 2016 Carnival of Flowers! Enjoy your time in our Garden City and the delights of the wider Toowoomba region — it certainly won’t disappoint.
Heritage welcome — Peter Lock, CEO Heritage Bank IT’S that time of year again when we all shrug off the wintry blues and come together to celebrate all that’s great about life in this region — the Carnival of Flowers is here! The Carnival is an icon of our community and it’s been delighting locals and visitors alike for more than 60 years. Heritage is delighted to be in its 19th year as a major sponsor of 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 big part of this community for many years. The first philosophy of our people is all about making a positive contribution to the lives of our community. Carnival is amazing not just for the wonderfully
diverse entertainment it provides, but also for the way it unites a community. Be sure to get out and
enjoy as many of the Carnival events as you can, particularly the Heritage Live Concert Series.
The Chronicle’s welcome — Rohan Gosstray, regional general manager for south-west Queensland 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. Win or not, they 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.
Last year, our Exhibition Gardens raised more than $40,000 for community groups. Everyone at The Chronicle loves Carnival
time, and we hope you have a fantastic 2016 Carnival of Flowers. Don’t forget to check The Chronicle in print and online for the latest Carnival news.
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Community botanical events THE Carnival of Flowers brings many beautiful Things, including the many botanical events. Here are the renowned favourites for 2016. Toowoomba Clivia Show When: Friday 16 to Wednesday September 21, 9am to 5pm daily Where: Horticultural Pavilion at Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, 100 Bridge Street With perfect growing conditions and an enthusiastic group of clever horticulturalists, Toowoomba is famous for its clivias, including some very rare varieties. This is why clivia lovers from all over Australia and overseas look forward to our very special clivia show. The display will feature award-winning orange, yellow, red, pink and, if viewers are lucky, cream clivias. For enquiries, call 0413 136 861. Toowoomba Geranium Show When: Saturday 17 and Sunday September 18 Spring is peak flowering time for geraniums and pelargoniums, so this beautiful display is bound to astound crowds. Toowoomba Orchid Society Spring Orchid Show When: Friday 16 to Tuesday September 20, 8.30am to 4pm Where: St Paul’s Church Hall, corner of Phillip and James Sts The Orchid Society’s spring show will exhibit their largest display of orchids in south-east Queensland and will offer orchids for sale, craft stalls and light refreshments.
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Toowoomba & Districts Bromeliad Society Inc. Annual Spring Show and Sale When: Saturday 17 to Monday September 19, 8am to 4pm daily Where: Sacred Heart School Hall, corner of Tor and North Sts Admission is $3 and children under 14 are free — come along and enjoy a great few days. Toowoomba Bonsai Group Annual Show When: Friday 16 to Sunday September 18, 9am to 4pm Where: Newtown Rose Cottage, Holberton St The annual bonsai show depicts a variety of beautiful bonsai trees and demonstrations. All types of bonsai from alpine to tropical grow well in the Toowoomba climate. Entry is $3, and children under 15 are free. Please note that some tours may require prior bookings, so please check with the society beforehand.
Major events The Chronicle Garden Competition When: September 16 to 25, 9am to 5pm daily With around 100 stunning private gardens entered across 40 different categories, this year’s Chronicle Garden Competition is set to be a true celebration of spring. Entry to the gardens are free, and visitors will be delighted with the colour, design and variety of spring blossoms, Australian natives and edible gardens. There’s a hop-on hop-off bus that visits a selection of award-winning gardens. Pick up is at Kearney Springs and Queens Park. Buses leave every 20 minutes and cost $5 each time you board. For self-drive tours, check out the map in this guide. For information phone 1800 331 155 or phone The Chronicle on 4690 9300. The Chronicle Exhibition Gardens When: September 16 to 25, 9am to 5pm daily These are beautiful private gardens lovingly planted and open to the public to raise money for charities. Brochures, including a map, of the Exhibition Gardens are available from the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre and The Chronicle office at 109 Neil Street. Adult prices are as follows: ♦ All gardens — $12 ♦ Three gardens — $10 ♦ One garden — $5 All of the proceeds will be going to various charities including Life Education, St Vincent de Paul Society, Anglicare, Legacy and Toowoomba Community Care Transport.
Friday, September 16: 5.30pm: Montaigne 7pm: Emma Louise 8.30pm: Birds of Tokyo Saturday, September 17: 5.15pm: The Chantoozies 7pm: Eurogliders 8.45pm: Models Sunday, September 18: 12.30pm: Katie Noonan’s Vanguard 6pm: The Whitlams and the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra 7.45pm: Tim Finn Spring Polo When: Saturday, September 24 Where: Queens Park This is day at the polo is like no other. The action is second-to-none, with talented players giving spectators a day of fun and entertainment. Tickets are available at www.stickytickets.com.au.
Grand Central Floral Parade When: September 17 at 3pm The theme for this year’s Grand Central Floral Parade is ‘Carnival comes to town — laugh, play, hooray!’. With a line-up of fresh floral floats, street performers and carnival characters, the parade is visually spectacular as it showcases what everyone loves about life in the Toowoomba community. Ergon Energy Flower Food and Wine Festival When: Friday 16 to Sunday September 18 Three delicious days of flavours, produce and wines fresh from the pastures, orchards and vineyards of the region. Meet garden designer Charlie Albone and celebrity chef Miguel. You’ll also enjoy floral displays and live music with the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series. Daily ticket prices are as follows: ♦ Adult — $33 ♦ Concession — $28 ♦ Child — $14 ♦ family — $75 Three day passes are only available online, and they’re $85 for adults, $70 for concession, $33 for children and $180 for a family. Heritage Bank Live Concert Series When: Friday 16 to Sunday September 18 Where: Queens Park As a part of the Ergon Energy Flower Food and Wine Festival, the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series brings incredible performers together for Carnival goers to enjoy. The line-up is sure to cater to all tastes. F R I D A Y, S E P T E M B E R 1 6, 2 0 1 6 \ \ 1 1
Community events St Luke’s Flower & Music Festival When: Friday 16 to Wednesday, September 21, 9am to 4pm daily Where: St Luke’s Anglican Church in Herries St Entry by gold coin donation. In the heart of the Toowoomba CBD is the beautiful, historic St Luke’s Anglican Church. Each year St Luke’s celebrates the start of spring with magnificent floral displays by the Toowoomba Floral Art Group. There are also plant and produce stalls as well as music concerts daily from 12.30pm. Drop into the hall and see a range of arts and crafts by local groups and just enjoy the lovely gardens of St Luke’s. For enquiries call 4639 1910. St Patrick’s Cathedral Floral Festival When: Thursday 15 to Wednesday, September 21 Where: 123 Neil St Entry by gold coin donation Students and teachers of Toowoomba Floristry School
will transform the Cathedral into a spring spectacular. With daily musical concerts, you can enjoy the ambience of one Toowoomba’s most historic and loved places of worship. Guided tours are available. For enquiries call 4637 1507. St David’s on Display When: Saturday, September 24 Where: Mary St The St David’s community holds its annual spring celebration with floral displays, cakes, crafts, plants and a white elephant stall, all set in the pretty gardens of the church. St Stephen’s on Display When: Monday 19 to Wednesday, September 21 Where: Neil St opposite the Empire Theatre The gardens of St Stephen’s Church are a little oasis in the heart of the Toowoomba CBD. A pretty church with leadlight windows and ornate carvings, St Stephen’s celebrates spring with floral displays and stalls filled with home-made treats and clever
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crafts. You can also relax with a freshly baked Devonshire tea. Yates Hanging Basket Display When: Friday 16 to Sunday, September 25 Where: Cobb+Co Museum, Lindsay St Entry is included in your Museum admission. Sixty hanging baskets, lovingly created by artisans and creative types will be a riot of colour and cleverness. The design competition is supported by Yates and Cobb+Co Museum. Teapot Extravaganza When: Saturday 17 to Saturday, September 24 Where: St Alban’s Church Hall, Cnr Anzac Ave and Hill St Entry is $3 per person. The event will feature more than 500 fabulous teapots, tea towels and other lovely tea things. Many of the treasures are collector’s items and others are just for fun! Devonshire tea and drinks are available with a sausage sizzle on weekends.
YOU BLOSSOMED AGAIN TOOWOOMBA. Thank you Toowoomba — it’s your support that keeps the Carnival of Flowers growing bigger and better each year. We hope you were able to eat, laugh, play and stay for wonderful food, music and of course enjoy your city’s amazing flowers and gardens. We look forward to you planting yourself in the middle of all the Carnival fun again next year. TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS 15 – 24 SEPTEMBER 2017
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Experience excellence of all kinds 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. Set in award-winning landscaped gardens with fountains and water features, a visit to The Springs Garden Centre is a delightful experience in itself. 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. Springs also stock Toowoomba’s biggest range of pots, planters and water features. Talk to their friendly staff for expert advice on all your garden needs.
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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. From classic timber and aluminium to modern wicker and the timeless appeal of natural stone, The Springs Garden Centre offer an amazing choice for entertaining and relaxing indoors, outdoors and poolside. Add stunning scatter cushions to create your own personal touch to your outdoor area.
at The Springs Garden World Waterlily on Spring Refreshing and innovative, Waterlily on Spring is Toowoomba’s most exciting gift and home décor centre. Beautifully styled and colour co-ordinated, this is the perfect place to select a gift or find decorator pieces that bring seasonal colours to your home. Waterlily on Spring stock a wide selection of gifts, fragrant body care and candles in every hue, as well as tableware, frames and silk flowers. Kingfishers Café & Restaurant With its sweeping lawns and tranquil gardens by the lake, it’s easy to see why
Kingfishers Café & Restaurant was voted Toowoomba’s favourite breakfast and lunch destination. This beautiful garden setting is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion such as a wedding or party. Head chef Rob McGrath has developed a following of foodies who appreciate his menu of fresh seasonal produce, fine coffee and luscious treats. This is the home of Friday night tapas, and bookings essential. 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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Get the right tools for your garden SPRING is finally here, which means the garden is in a prime position to grow beauties for spring and summer. However, to do this you need the right tools. These are the staple gardening tools that are a must-have in you rshed this spring. Hoe Using a hoe makes it a lot easier to dig garden beds in preparation for planting, and removing deep-set vegetation. Gloves There are a number of different gloves you can get, but the best ones often have silicone fingertips which provides an easier grip when gardening. Shovel It just makes life easier. Pruners You can get pruners that are very comfortable and easy to use. When you prune, it allows room for new foliage to come through. Lightweight trimmer These lightweight trimmers are great for hedging, shaping plants and keeping everything neat and tidy. Pitchfork and a wheelbarrow Generally a steel pitchfork is better for bringing up heavier and larger things in the garden, and a wheelbarrow is obviously for carting things around. Rake For getting together all those pesky leaves. Best to get a heavier duty, steel one, because the plastic ones break quite easily. Fertiliser spreader A fertiliser spreader makes life a whole lot easier when you’re trying to keep your lawn pristine and beautiful. By using one of these, you will be distributing the fertiliser evenly. Make sure it’s not too heavy and easy to move around. When doing this, make sure you follow the measurements on Some of the best ones are attachable to the end of your hose. your fertiliser packaging — it can be a very delicate game. I feel like the hose is pretty self-explanatory… they’re just Sprinkler and hose handy to have. Like the fertiliser, a sprinkler allows an even distribution of Ultimately, if you’re looking for a great garden this spring then water for your garden. you need to have the right tools and advice to get it.
From relaxing with a beer to enjoying great food or dancing the night away, The Spotted Cow’s warm and friendly atmosphere has something for everyone’s tastes. Located just north of Toowoomba’s CBD, the Spotted Cow is the perfect place for locals and tourists alike to drop on by.
The Spotted Cow has over 70 different beers and a large selection of wines to cater for all drinking tastes. With two separate bars - Oropa European Bar Cafe, The Vintage Jersey Bar - and dining rooms The Spotted Cow has something for everyone.
Renowned for our authentic Belgian mussels and Prime Cut steaks, the Spotted Cow offers great food in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Order an old favourite or try something new with a distinctly European flavour, we have something for all budgets and tastes. Even the sweet tooth is catered for. Check out our daily dessert board with favourites like Apple Pie and Belgian Chocolate Waffles. All desserts are made on site by Dianne Coorey.
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Not Patrick Jane, Hayden James, Jarryd James, or The Voice winner from Ireland, but Sydney’s own singer-songwriter PATRICK JAMES will be front and centre when he takes his solo tour off the beaten track this spring. Throughout September and October, Patrick will embark on a 14 show run, taking in capitals and regional towns along the way. After honing his craft as a busker and touring extensively with the cream of the Australian music scene Patrick was always keen to put on a tour that deviates from the regular touring circuit, “It’s been a long time in the making but I’ve always wanted to go and revisit the small towns I was lucky enough to play in whilst supporting the likes of Boy & Bear and Pete Murray. For the most part they were regional towns and I made a lot of good friends playing there and they’ve been very patient”.
The Spotted Cow are once again very excited to be serving some of the best craft beers Queensland has to offer for the Food , Flower and Wine Festival. Come and try the wonderful and eclectic range from Burleigh Brewing Company and meet the team as they discuss anything and everything craft beer during this exciting weekend at Queens Park.
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Like a lot of things, gardens need regular maintenance and it’s important they’re taken care of properly and everything isn’t pushed to the wayside. Something to remember is that quality is always better than quantity, and, regardless of the fact that they’re for the garden, a tool is a tool and should be sturdy and durable for your needs.
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Anna Bartlett on unleashing your inner artist ANNA Bartlett believes there’s an artist in all of us waiting to be unleashed. Now you have the opportunity to create your own stunning artwork, and it’s even more fun when you’re guided by Anna, whether it’s at one of her super popular studio Paint Alongs, through one of her online eCourses, or through her book, ‘Painting Party’. “My studio Paint Alongs have become very popular with friends, hens nights and professional development days — they’re often booked out within hours of me releasing dates and times,” Anna said. “I hate to disappoint people, so I have developed a few online Paint Alongs which can be done at home, individually or with friends and family members joining in.” Anna’s eCourses are renowned for being packed with information and inspiration, having wonderful feedback from people who have participated in them. “They are very beginner-friendly and include step-by-step videos, so you can paint along with me and pause me when needed!” Anna said. “At the end, you’ll have a beautiful painting to hang on your wall and hopefully you’ll be inspired to keep learning — who knows what wonderful talents will emerge.” Anna has been painting for as long as she can remember. Many locals will remember the hand-painted handbags she sold at the Queens Park Markets years ago. Her vibrant murals at Toowoomba Hospital, Breastscreen and local childcare centres are a source of constant joy for staff, patients and students. Her book, ‘Painting Party’ is available at The Book Tree on Ruthven Street. Anna has come up with the perfect way to combine a love of art with champagne while raising money for charity — it’s the Pop Up Paint Along supporting Toowoomba Hospital Foundation on September 18 at St Saviours Hall. The cost is $75 which includes champagne high tea and all painting materials. Tickets are limited so get in and book now at www.toowoombahospitalfoundation.org.au
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Celebrate the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and Win Original Art
Anna’s distinctive bright and happy works are displayed in homes and businesses throughout Queensland. The Chronicle is giving one lucky reader the chance to win an Anna Bartlett original shown on the cover of our 2016 Carnival of Flowers Souvenir Guide. Valued at $800 (inc GST)
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To be in the running to win this unique piece for your home, simply complete the entry form below, place it in an envelope and post to ‘Shiny Happy Art Competition’, PO Box 42 Toowoomba QLD 4350 or drop your entry in an envelope at The Chronicle office at 109 Neil Street, Toowoomba by no later than 5pm Monday 3 October 2016. Full Name ____________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________ Phone _______________________________________________
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WITH their luscious green leaves and big vibrant blooms it’s easy to see how mere mortals fall under their spell. If you’re not sure what all the fuss is about, make sure you visit the Toowoomba Clivia Show during Carnival. You’ll see thousands of superb clivias in every colour from deep red and yellow to soft peach and even cream and green. Many rare blooms have been carefully sourced from seeds in South Africa, Japan, China and Europe. According to Greg Anderson of the Toowoomba Clivia Society, Toowoomba has nearly perfect growing conditions and clivias are
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Clivias can become a wonderful obsession! Once you get the bug, you’re a bit like a kid let loose in a lolly shop. — Greg Anderson
equally happy in pots and in shady garden beds. The Clivia Show features potting demonstrations and information displays about growing techniques. Members of the Toowoomba Clivia Society will be on hand to answer questions and they can even help you choose a special Clivia of your own. Seedlings start at around
$4 each while large rare plants can cost hundreds of dollars, and budget conscious gardeners will find a wide range of flowering plants in the $15 to $30 price bracket. Entry to the Toowoomba Clivia Show is by gold coin donation with all funds raised going to St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital Oncology Unit.
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Yukana blooms for spring fun The retirement village not only feels like home, but includes beautiful spring gardens Yukana Retirement Village has created an environment that is the envy of others. One thing Yukana is known for, and they often receive comments about, is the extensive gardens both inside and outside. This gives a sense of wellness and wellbeing that in turn gives the village that feeling of home, honour and respect. When new residents move into Yukana they are constantly surprised at the home-like feeling. In fact it is one of the comments that people often make when inspecting the village before moving in. “I just love the home feel you have here,” one such person said. “…the homely, caring environment that we feel.”
Of course this is brought to the fore in springtime. The gardens are a blaze of colour and perfume. As you walk around the village your eye is drawn from one area to another and all of this is available to Yukana residents 365 days a year. They live in a village where the gardens are kept in top condition for their enjoyment and pleasure. At Yukana staff aim to not only have beautiful gardens for your enjoyment but all the services are integrated to provide a seamless community where residents receive care appropriate to their stage in life, along with all the other services that you would expect from a top village. This all allows you to keep doing the things you love, in a place you love to be. At Yukana Retirement Village you can create new memories, enjoy activities with other residents and relax with new found friends. So if you’re thinking of your next move call them on 4631 5678. The staff would love to show you their village.
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Colour and character at Cobb+Co Museum this Carnival
SPRING has sprung and Cobb+Co Museum have a blooming festival program with something for the whole family. Back by popular demand, the Yates Hanging Basket Display features 60 spectacular hanging baskets created by community members from the Toowoomba region as part of a design competition. Local artisans and green thumbs as well as school children, TAFE students and other community groups have all taken part to help the
Museum put a unique twist on carnival festivities. The Yates Hanging Basket Display will be on show at Cobb+Co Museum 16 -25 September, 10am -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.The whole family will enjoy following the clues around the Museum on an interactive trail to solve the case of the bold bushranger bail-up. 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 10am — 4pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au.
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School gardens show off best in region THE 2016 Chronicle Schools garden competition was an outstanding success this year, and every one of the 23 school entries should be congratulated on their participation, and in particular, for their enthusiasm towards this wonderful regional event. Every school, whether a first time entrant, or back in the competition for the ‘umpteenth’ time, should be extremely proud of their students, teachers, parents and grounds staff — in essence everyone who took the time to work on getting these gardens up to what was a very high horticultural standard. There is no doubt that one of the major benefits of having school children involved in gardening is the development of not only their appreciation of the natural world and all its processes and interactions, but most importantly their attitude towards caring for, and nurturing, all living things. What is learnt at these early ages is carried through for life. Thank you to each and every student, teacher, and school gardener for showing me your wonderful veggie beds, chook houses, native bees, worm farms, tyre planters, flower beds, hedges, majestic oaks, scarecrows, totems, indigenous gardens, yarning circles, fruit trees, minions, peace gardens and pineapples, to name a few highlights of my three days of judging. But most importantly, thank you for showing that the love of gardening is alive and thriving in the Toowoomba Region — congratulations! — Mike Wells, The Chronicle Garden Competition Schools category judge and qualified horticulturalist
● Encouragement Award: Tree
City School Garden 1. Newtown State School
TEAMWORK: City School Garden winners Newtown State School, with students (from left) Meagan, Kyle and Kylah and principal Tania Angus admiring the floral display.
Frogs Group — St Joseph's College
2. Toowoomba North State School 3. Mothercraft Childcare Centre
Country School Garden
● Highly Commended: Concordia
1. Bunkers Hill State School
Lutheran College — Concordia
2. Wyreema State School
3. Gowrie State School
Photo: Kevin Farmer/The Chronicle
Gardening is really fun because sometimes we water them and if they’re veggies, we get to pick them.
● Highly Commended: Geham City School Students Garden 1. Darling Downs Christian School 2. Rangeville State School
— Riley Warrener, Bunkers Hill student
State School ● Highly Commended: St Stephen's Catholic School
3. Toowoomba State High School — Wilsonton Campus ● Highly Commended: Rockville State School ● Highly Commended: Concordia Lutheran College — Concordia Primary Campus ● Encouragement Award: Mater Dei Primary School
Country Schools Students Garden 1. Bunkers Hill State School 2. Vale View State School 3. Geham State School ● Highly Commended: Cambooya State School ● Highly Commended: Cecil Plains State School
WORKING HARD: Bunkers Hill State School students (from left) Tahnee Madden, Makenna Coombs, Xavier Smith and Riley Warrener in the garden in The Chronicle Garden Competition Photo: Kevin Farmer/The Chronicle 2016.
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Colourful composition secures wins again For 26 years, Bob and Val Ford have been in The Chronicle Garden Competition — and they’re Grand Champions once again. “Buses have always stopped to look at our garden, so eventually we were convinced to enter The Chronicle Garden Competition, and 26 years later we’re still in it — it keeps us young, and we’re rewarded with colour,” says Bob Ford. Bob and Val Ford have thrown their creative nature into their beautiful Rangeville garden, making an immaculate artwork for everyone to enjoy, winning City Grand Champion for the second year running. “It’s a great passion of ours — I think it’s incredible how a seedling can develop from something so small,” Bob said. “If I don’t do something right, I don’t do it at all — I’m a perfectionist.” While Bob loves his gardening, he in no way plays down the amount of work it takes — particularly if you wish to be a grand champion. “It takes a week to plant, which is generally done in the second week of May,” he said. “Then you have to water, and organise your fertiliser. “In June and July there’s a lot of work such as covering for frost, preparing for pests, fungi, debudding... and I mow three times a week — Val and I are very busy!” he laughs. Bob is renowned for his lawn and has been for many years. He has a secret mixture for making his lawn just right, and absolutely no one else knows it. “People ask, but I’m not giving it away!” Bob smiles.
Bob and Val both have a love of conifers, so they are always coming up with new ways to fit them into their garden in unique and different ways. “Our garden is forever changing, and no two years are the same,” says Bob. Bob and Val have a new Japanese area in their garden that is very colourful and fun, however they do have a particular taste that they like in their garden. “I don’t like garish colours — I think you have to have whites in your gardens, and soft, muted tones are necessary,” Bob says. “I think your garden has to have a flow — it’s like you’re creating rooms, and you want it all to go well together.” Bob and Val treasure their garden and their love of the Darling Downs region, and are very happy to show their gardens off to visitors and locals alike. “We’re called the Garden City and I don’t want lose that — I’m very proud of this city’s image,” says Bob. The Chronicle Garden Competition judge Clint Kenny was extremely impressed with the Ford’s garden. “They had excellent plant health and great structure and design to their garden,” Clint says. “The whole garden had terrific attention to detail.” Bob and Val Ford are very deserving Grand Champions for The Chronicle Garden Competition 2016.
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Unique and vibrant garden is loved by all Their patriotic and unique garden has earned Kevin and Dianna Drew the title of 2016 City Reserve Grand Champions. KEVIN and Dianna Drew have created something truly spectacular this year, stunning visitors, locals and judges of The Chronicle Garden Competition. With their distinctive patriotism, clean design, love of colour and stunning, balancing elements, it’s no wonder the Drews have had such success in the competition. “A garden is an individual thing, everyone has their own ideas, and that’s not a bad thing — you wouldn’t want to visit a garden and see them all the same,” says Kevin. “We do our own thing, we don’t have advisors, so the landscaping, the design and what we plan is all our own ideas. “We built our waterfalls, did our own earthworks, we have our own map of Australia and we haven’t seen anyone else with that.” The Drews have recently added some stencils of kangaroos on their lawn. However, Kevin doesn’t downplay how much hard work is involved in creating a garden as spectacular as theirs, noting that the upkeep and the development is huge. In a very unique and touching design to their garden, Kevin and Dianna have made it
suitable for people with a disability to visit as well. “I don’t think that’s taken into account, and I think everyone should be able to see things like this,” Kevin said. “We cater to everyone to visit our garden with particular railings and things, so whether they’re handicapped, or if wet weather concerns someone more than usual as a slipping hazard we have the right paths. “It makes people happy, and that’s what we want to do — I don’t think that’s something that’s often looked at when designing gardens.” The Chronicle Garden Competition judge Clint Kenny was very impressed by the Drews’ garden, noting its individuality. “First of all, the plant health of the Drews’ garden was terrific,” Clint said. “They had wonderful scale, and overall impression of their garden was great. “It was really nice to see their personalities come through it.” The Drews put an excellent amount of work into their garden at 17 Ward St, Highfields, and are very worthy winners of City Reserve Grand Champions.
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GRAND CHAMPIONS: Paul and Noela Rubb and their winning garden.
True country garden takes out Grand Champion Meet The Chronicle Country Garden Competition winners Paul and Noela Rubb, and their lovely garden TOOWOOMBA-based horticulturist Brian Sams judged all of the country gardens entered this year in The Chronicle Garden Competition. Mr Sams saw some lovely gardens which were very competitive in most sections, but it was Paul and Noela Rubb who took out Grand Champion. The couple describe their garden as very country or like a homestead. “We’ve used tree stumps, old machinery, things you would expect to see in a country or homestead garden,” Mrs Rubb said. “It’s a true country garden.” Out of the past six years, the couple only missed entering once — last year due to being away. Mrs Rubb said it took a little while for them to enter their garden in the competition. “We had people visiting our garden and asking why we didn’t enter,” she said. “I said we weren’t good enough but we finally got up the confidence to enter six years ago. “I think entering the competition is addictive.” Mrs Rubb has always been an avid gardener, but for Mr Rubb
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it took a little while. “We used to be dairy farmers, so I never had time to do gardening,” Mr Rubb said. “After our son left school and started working, I got involved. “I like the challenge it brings to make the garden better and better.” Mrs Rubb is completely sold on the past-time. “I just love being outside,” she explained. “I’d prefer to be outside than inside.” The winning pair urge other country gardeners to enter next year’s competition. “If you only make the effort, people come in to see your garden,” Mr Rubb said. The couple also encourage city people to come out to the country and see their garden. “We have to grow hardier plants, so people can learn about that if they come and see all the country gardens,” Mrs Rubb said. “Plus it’s so much easier to get a park in the country than in the city,” she laughed. You can visit The Chronicle Country Garden Competition Grand Champion at 194 Schultz-Haden Rd, Haden.
Meet Country Reserve Grand Champion Timo Sihvola and Robyn Rolfe took out the Reserve Grand Champion award in this yearâ€™s The Chronicle Country Garden Competition with their garden at 24 Stark Drive, Vale View
Timo and Robyn Sihvola and their winning garden.
Photo: Kevin Farmer
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Guide The Chronicle Garden Competition 2016 Gardens Guide
Winners 2016 2016 City Garden Winners City Grand Grand Champion Champion City
Bob && Val Val Ford Ford -- 19 19 Burke Burke St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba Bob
Class9: 9:Hospital, Hospital,Nursing NursingHome Homeand and Class Retirement Villages Retirement Villages
Sth V8 V8 Sth
City Reserve Reserve Grand Grand Champion Champion City
Kevin && Dianna Dianna Drew Drew -- 17 17 Ward Ward St, St, Highfields Highfields Kevin
HF H13 H13 HF
Class 1: 1: Acreage Acreage Garden Garden Class
1st. Kevin Kevin && Dianna Dianna Drew Drew -- 17 17 Ward Ward St, St, Highfields Highfields 1st. 2nd. Ken & Jan Mathiesen, 5 Strathdarr Dr, Torrington 2nd. Ken & Jan Mathiesen, 5 Strathdarr Dr, Torrington
HF H13 H13 HF Nth C13 Nth C13
Class 2: 2: Large Large Garden Garden Class
1st. Allan Allan Kenna Kenna -- 77 Christmas Christmas St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba Nth P13 P13 1st. Nth 2nd. Mark & Cindy Ryan 15-17 Gascony St , Harristown Sth M11 2nd. Mark & Cindy Ryan - 15-17 Gascony St , Harristown Sth M11 3rd. Allan Allan && Chris Chris Hotton Hotton -- 39 39 Highfields Highfields Rd, Rd, Highfields Highfields HF J11 J11 3rd. HF Highly Commended: Commended: Highly Kevin && Lola Lola Steinmuller Steinmuller -- 32 32 Cathro Cathro St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba Nth Nth M10 M10 Kevin
Class 3: 3: Small Small Garden Garden Class
1st. Geoff Geoff Sams Sams -- 201 201 North North St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba Nth M11 M11 1st. Nth 2nd. Gordon Maria Reynolds Reynolds -- 40 40 Smythe Smythe Dr, Dr, Highfields Highfields HF I8 I8 2nd. Gordon && Maria HF 3rd. Ray Ray && Kerry Kerry Robinson Robinson -- 30 30 Crown Crown St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba Sth V8 V8 3rd. Sth Highly Commended: Commended: Highly Les && Fae Fae Stephson Stephson -- 161 161 Perth Perth St St ,, Toowoomba Toowoomba Sth R7 R7 Les Sth Highly Commended: Highly Commended: John && Heather Heather McGuinn McGuinn -- 17 17 Arabian Arabian St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba Sth Sth L11 L11 John
Class 4: 4: Front Front Garden Garden Class
1st. Bob Bob && Val Val Ford Ford -- 19 19 Burke Burke St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba 1st. 2nd. John & Cheryl Ganzer 21 Talinga St, Toowoomba Toowoomba 2nd. John & Cheryl Ganzer - 21 Talinga St, 3rd. Rod & Jill Osborne 11 Horizon Crt, Highfields 3rd. Rod & Jill Osborne - 11 Horizon Crt, Highfields
Sth V8 V8 Sth Nth T10 Nth T10 HF F16 F16 HF
Class 5: 5: Heritage Heritage Bank Bank Semi-Advanced Semi-AdvancedGarden Garden Class
1st. Tony Tony && Dorothy Dorothy McKeon McKeon -- 24 24 Wiangaree Wiangaree Dr, Dr, Rangeville Rangeville Sth Sth X14 X14 1st. 2nd. Amanda & Keven Corbett 15 Arabian St, Toowoomba Sth L11 2nd. Amanda & Keven Corbett - 15 Arabian St, Toowoomba Sth L11 3rd. Martha Collier 3 Paulene Cres, Toowoomba Sth Q16 3rd. Martha Collier - 3 Paulene Cres, Toowoomba Sth Q16
Class 6: 6: Novice Novice Garden Garden Class
1st. Arnie Arnie && Lexie Lexie Henseleit Henseleit -- Village Village on on the the Downs Downs -1st. 227/63-65 Drayton Rd, Toowoomba 227/63-65 Drayton Rd, Toowoomba 2nd. Betty Sullivan -- Villa Villa 197, 197, Palm Palm Lake Lake Resort Resort -2nd. Betty Sullivan 97-127 Hogg Hogg St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba 97-127 3rd. Noel Noel Zischke Zischke -- 295 295 Stenner Stenner St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba 3rd. Highly Commended: Commended: Highly Vicki Layton Layton -- 88 Burke Burke St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba Vicki
Sth M10 M10 Sth Nth L7 L7 Nth Sth R14 R14 Sth Sth V8 V8 Sth
Class 7: 7: First FirstTime Time Entrant Entrant*ONLY *ONLYREQUIRED REQUIREDTO TOBE BE Class OPEN FOR FORVIEWING VIEWING ON ONWEEKENDS* WEEKENDS* OPEN
1st. Les Les && Coral Coral McCoy McCoy -- 52A 52A Taylor Taylor St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba 1st. 2nd. Ken Helena Murphy Murphy -- 61 61 Leslie Leslie St, St, Rangeville Rangeville 2nd. Ken && Helena 3rd. Ray Ray Kahl Kahl -- 254 254 West West St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba 3rd. Highly Commended: Commended: Highly The McLeod McLeod Family Family -- 48 48 Perth Perth St, St, Toowoomba Toowoomba The Highly Commended: Commended: Highly Robyn Alldridge Alldridge -- 176 176 Baker Baker St, St, Darling Darling Heights Heights Robyn
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Class 8: 8: Best Best Sustainable SustainableGarden Garden Class
1st. Ashley Ashley && Elizabeth Elizabeth North North -- 44 Grandview Grandview Cres, Cres, 1st. Blue Mountain Mountain Heights Heights Blue
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1st. St StVincent’s Vincent’sPrivate PrivateHospital Hospital--Scott ScottSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 1st. 2nd. Glenvale Villas--182-184 182-184Hursley HursleyRd, Rd,Toowoomba Toowoomba 2nd. Glenvale Villas 3rd. Glenfield GlenfieldGrange GrangeRetirement RetirementVillage Village-3rd. 12Glenfield GlenfieldCrt, Crt,Toowoomba Toowoomba 12 HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly PalmLake LakeResort Resort--97 97Hogg HoggSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba Palm
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Class10: 10:Commercial Commercialpremises premisesincluding including Class offices and retail offices and retail
1st. JJJJRichards Richards&&Sons SonsP/L P/L--51 51Wilkinson WilkinsonSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba Nth NthQ10 Q10 1st. 2nd. Crown NobleAccountants Accountantsand andAdvisors Advisors-2nd. Crown Noble 372Stenner StennerSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba SthP14 P14 372 Sth 3rd. Toowoomba ToowoombaGarden GardenofofRemembrance Remembrance-3rd. 1001Ruthven RuthvenSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba SthP18 P18 1001 Sth
Class11: 11:Motels Motelsand andCaravan CaravanParks Parks Class
HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly HighfieldsPioneer PioneerVillage Village- -73 73Wirraglen WirraglenRd, Rd,Highfields Highfields HF HFL7L7 Highfields
Option4: 4:Best BestDisplay Displayof ofFlowering FloweringAnnuals Annuals Option and Bulbs and Bulbs
1st. Kevin Kevin&&Dianna DiannaDrew Drew- -17 17Ward WardSt, St,Highfields Highfields HFH13 H13 1st. HF 2nd. Bob Bob&&Val ValFord Ford--19 19Burke BurkeSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba SthV8 V8 2nd. Sth 3rd. John John&&Cheryl CherylGanzer Ganzer- -21 21Talinga TalingaSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba NthT10 T10 3rd. Nth HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly Geoff Sams--201 201North NorthSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba NthM11 M11 Geoff Sams Nth HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly Les&&Coral CoralMcCoy McCoy- -52A 52ATaylor TaylorSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba NthN16 N16 Les Nth HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly Les&&Fae FaeStephson Stephson- -161 161Perth PerthSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba SthR8 R8 Les Sth HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly John&&Heather HeatherMcGuinn McGuinn- -17 17Arabian ArabianSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba Sth SthL11 L11 John
Option5: 5:Best BestDisplay Displayof ofFlowering FloweringAzaleas Azaleas Option
1st. City CityGolf GolfClub ClubMotel Motel--775 775Ruthven RuthvenStreet, Street,Toowoomba Toowoomba Sth SthP10 P10 1st. 2nd. Big 4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park 2nd. Big 4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park 34aEiser EiserSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba SthN12 N12 34a Sth 3rd. Motel MotelGlenworth Glenworth--11Margaret MargaretSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba NthV18 V18 3rd. Nth
1st. John John&&Cheryl CherylGanzer Ganzer- -21 21Talinga TalingaSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 1st. 2nd. Vonnie VonnieLebsanft Lebsanft- -11Hinton HintonSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 2nd. 3rd. Merv MervBuckley Buckley--14 14Sprott SprottSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 3rd.
Class12: 12:Not-For-Profit Not-For-ProfitOrganisations, Organisations, Class Clubs and Institutions Clubs and Institutions
1st. Gordon Gordon&&Maria MariaReynolds Reynolds- -40 40Smythe SmytheDr, Dr,Highfields Highfields 1st. 2nd. Bob Bob&&Val ValFord Ford--19 19Burke BurkeSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 2nd. 3rd. Les Les&&Fae FaeStephson Stephson- -161 161Perth PerthStSt, ,Toowoomba Toowoomba 3rd. HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly Kevin&&Dianna DiannaDrew Drew- -17 17Ward WardSt, St,Highfields Highfields Kevin HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly Rod&&Jill JillOsborne Osborne- -11 11Horizon HorizonCrt, Crt,Highfields Highfields Rod HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly Les & Coral McCoy - 52A -Taylor St, Toowoomba Gordon & Maria Reynolds 40 Smythe Dr, Highfields HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly BettySullivan Sullivan- -Villa Villa197, 197,Palm PalmLake LakeResort Resort- Betty 97-127Hogg HoggSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 97-127
1st. Spring SpringBluff BluffRailway RailwayStation Station-1st. 59McCormack McCormackDr, Dr,Spring SpringBluff Bluff HFQ13 Q13 59 HF 2nd. TAFE QueenslandSouth SouthWest WestHorticulture Horticulture-2nd. TAFE Queensland CampbellSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba NthS15 S15 Campbell Nth 3rd. Highfields HighfieldsPioneer PioneerVillage Village--73 73Wirraglen WirraglenRd, Rd,Highfields Highfields HF HFL7 L7 3rd.
Class13: 13:Garden GardenNurseries Nurseries Class
1st. BMS BMS--450 450Stenner StennerSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 1st.
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Class14: 14:Places Placesof ofWorship Worship Class
1st. Good GoodShepherd ShepherdLutheran LutheranChurch Church-1st. 23 Glenvale Rd, Toowoomba SthL5 L5 23 Glenvale Rd, Toowoomba Sth 2nd. St BartsAnglican AnglicanChurch Church--103 103Stenner StennerSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba Sth SthW15 W15 2nd. St Barts 3rd. Wilsonton WilsontonUniting UnitingChurch Church--249 249Tor TorSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba Nth NthM10 M10 3rd.
Option1: 1:Predominantly PredominantlyAustralian Australian Option NativeGarden Garden Native
1st. Gordon Gordon&&Maria MariaReynolds Reynolds--40 40Smythe SmytheDr, Dr,Highfields Highfields HFI8I8 1st. HF 2nd. Ken JanMathiesen Mathiesen--55Strathdarr StrathdarrDr, Dr,Torrington Torrington NthC13 C13 2nd. Ken &&Jan Nth 3rd. Allan Allan&&Chris ChrisHotton Hotton--39 39Highfields HighfieldsRd, Rd,Highfields Highfields HFJ11 J11 3rd. HF
Option2: 2:Floral FloralGarden Garden Option
1st. John John&&Cheryl CherylGanzer Ganzer--21 21Talinga TalingaSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 1st. 2nd. Bob ValFord Ford--19 19Burke BurkeSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 2nd. Bob &&Val 3rd. Les Les&&Fae FaeStephson Stephson--161 161Perth PerthSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 3rd. HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly Kevin&&Dianna DiannaDrew Drew-- 17 17Ward WardSt, St,Highfields Highfields Kevin HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly GeoffSams Sams--201 201North NorthSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba Geoff HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly Les&&Coral CoralMcCoy McCoy--52A 52ATaylor TaylorSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba Les
Option3: 3:Heritage HeritageBank BankCottage CottageGarden Garden Option
NthT10 T10 Nth SthV8 V8 Sth SthR8 R8 Sth HFH13 H13 HF NthM11 M11 Nth NthN16 N16 Nth
1st. Allan AllanKenna Kenna--77Christmas ChristmasSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba NthP13 P13 1st. Nth 2nd. Amanda KevenCorbett Corbett--15 15Arabian ArabianSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba Sth SthL11 L11 2nd. Amanda &&Keven 3rd. Alma AlmaWilliams Williams--55Kearney KearneySt, St,Keaneys KeaneysSpring Spring SthN16 N16 3rd. Sth
NthT10 T10 Nth NthL11 L11 Nth NthL11 L11 Nth
Option6: 6:Veterans Veterans Option
HFI8I8 HF SthV8 V8 Sth Sth R8 Sth R8 HFH13 H13 HF HFF16 F16 HF Nth HFN16 I8 NthL7L7 Nth
Option7: 7:Retirement/Lifestyle Retirement/LifestyleUnit UnitDwelling Dwelling Option
1st. Betty BettySullivan Sullivan--Villa Villa197, 197,Palm PalmLake LakeResort Resort- 1st. 97-127Hogg HoggSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 97-127 2nd. Arnie Arnie&&Lexie LexieHenseleit Henseleit- -Village Villageon onthe theDowns Downs- 2nd. 227/63-65Drayton DraytonRd, Rd,Toowoomba Toowoomba 227/63-65 3rd. Bill BillVan VanMourik Mourik--Nubeena NubeenaRetirement RetirementVillage Village- 3rd. Unit35/885 35/885Ruthven RuthvenSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba Unit HighlyCommended: Commended: Highly Alan&&Auriel AurielHirning Hirning- -Oak OakTree TreeRetirement RetirementVillage, Village, Alan Villa2,2,134 134Baker BakerSt, St,Darling DarlingHeights Heights Villa
NthL7L7 Nth SthM10 M10 Sth SthP14 P14 Sth SthL16 L16 Sth
Option8: 8:Design DesignConcept ConceptAward Award Option
1st. Tony Tony&&Dorothy DorothyMcKeon McKeon- -24 24Wiangaree WiangareeDr, Dr,Rangeville Rangeville Sth SthX14 X14 1st.
Option9: 9:Small SmallSpace SpaceGarden, Garden,Courtyard Courtyard Option orBush BushHouse House or
1st. Amanda Amanda&&Keven KevenCorbett Corbett- -15 15Arabian ArabianSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba Sth SthL11 L11 1st. 2nd. John John&&Heather HeatherMcGuinn McGuinn- -17 17Arabian ArabianSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba Sth SthL11 L11 2nd. 3rd. Noel NoelZischke Zischke--295 295Stenner StennerSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba SthR14 R14 3rd. Sth
Option10: 10:Best BestProductive ProductiveGarden Garden Option
1st. Mark Mark&&Cindy CindyRyan Ryan- -15-17 15-17Gascony GasconySt, St,Harristown Harristown 1st. 2nd. Vicki VickiLayton Layton--88Burke BurkeSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 2nd. 3rd. Rob RobKennedy Kennedy&&Michael MichaelBoland Boland- 3rd. 255Hume HumeSt, St,Toowoomba Toowoomba 255
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The Chronicle Garden Competition 2016 Gardens Guide Highly Commended: Highly Commended: Toowoomba Clubhouse - 112 Russell St, Toowoomba Toowoomba Clubhouse - 112 Russell St, Toowoomba
Option 11: Waterwise Award Option 11: Waterwise Award 1st. Allan and Chris Hotton - 39 Highfields Rd, Highfields
1st. Allan and Chris Hotton - 39 Highfields Rd, Highfields 2nd. Gordon & Maria Reynolds - 40 Smythe Dr, Highfields 2nd. Gordon & Maria Reynolds - 40 Smythe Dr, Highfields 3rd. Martha Collier - 3 Paulene Cres, Toowoomba 3rd. Martha Collier - 3 Paulene Cres, Toowoomba
Nth P16 Nth P16 HF J11 HF J11 HF I8 HF I8 Sth Q16 Sth Q16
Extra Extra Awards: Awards:
Cliff Coddington Award Cliff Coddington Award Martha Collier - 3 Paulene Cres, Toowoomba Martha Collier - 3 Paulene Cres, Toowoomba
Reg O’Shea Encouragement Award Reg&O’Shea Award Kylie Tim MunnEncouragement - 17 Faith St, Rangeville Kylie & Tim Munn - 17 Faith St, Rangeville
Good Neighbour Award Good Neighbour John & Heather McGuinnAward - 17 Arabian St and
John &Amanda Heather&McGuinn - 17 Arabian St andSt Keven Corbett - 15 Arabian Amanda & Keven Corbett - 15 Arabian St
Sth Q16 Sth Q16 Sth U9 Sth U9 Sth L11 Sth L11
ABC ABC Winners Winners
ABC 1: Outdoor Living Area ABC Geoff 1: Outdoor Area 1st. Sams - 201Living North St, Toowoomba
1st. Ashley Geoff Sams - 201 North 2nd. & Elizabeth NorthSt, - 4Toowoomba Grandview Cres, 2nd. Blue Ashley & Elizabeth North Mountain Heights - 4 Grandview Cres, Blue &Mountain 3rd. Bob Val Ford Heights - 19 Bourke St, Toowoomba 3rd. Bob & Val Ford - 19 Bourke St, Toowoomba
ABC 2: New Front Garden ABC Ken 2: New Front Garden 1st. & Helena Murphy - 61 Leslie St, Toowoomba
Nth M11 Nth M11 Nth V3 Nth V3 Sth V8 Sth V8
1st. Kylie Ken &&Helena Murphy 61 Leslie St, Toowoomba 2nd. Tim Munn - 17 -Faith St, Toowoomba 2nd. Kylie & Tim Munn 17 Faith St, Toowoomba 3rd. Lisa Christensen - 19 Park St, Toowoomba 3rd. Lisa Christensen - 19 Park St, Toowoomba
Sth X12 Sth SthX12 U9 SthL14 U9 Nth Nth L14
1st. Allan Ken &&Jan Mathiesen 5 Strathdarr 2nd. Chris Hotton --39 Highfields Dr, Rd,Torrington Highfields 2nd. Allan & Chris Hotton 39 Highfields 3rd. Linda Lane - 2 Rees Dr, Highfields Rd, Highfields 3rd. Linda Lane - 2 Rees Dr, Highfields
Nth C13 Nth HF C13 J11 HF K12 J11 HF HF K12
1st. Linda Mark &Lane Cindy 15-17 Gascony St, Harristown 2nd. - 2Ryan Rees-Dr, Highfields 2nd. Kylie Lindaand LaneTim - 2Munn Rees -Dr,17Highfields 3rd. Faith St, Toowoomba 3rd. Kylie and Tim Munn - 17 Faith St, Toowoomba
Sth M11 Sth HF M11 K12 HF SthK12 U9 Sth U9
ABC 3: Garden without any Annuals ABC Ken 3: Garden without any Annuals 1st. & Jan Mathiesen - 5 Strathdarr Dr, Torrington
ABC 4: Family Garden ABC Mark 4: Family 1st. & Cindy Garden Ryan - 15-17 Gascony St, Harristown
Country Winners 2016 Country Winners 2016
Country Grand Champion Country Champion Paul & NoelaGrand Rubb - 194 Schultz-Haden Rd, Haden
Paul & Noela Rubb - 194 Schultz-Haden Rd, Haden
Country Reserve Grand Champion Country Grand Timo SihvolaReserve & Robyn Rolfe - 24 Champion Stark Dr, Vale View
Timo Sihvola & Robyn Rolfe - 24 Stark Dr, Vale View
Class 1: Acreage Garden 1st. Sihvola & Robyn Rolfe - 24 Stark Dr, Vale View ClassTimo 1: Acreage Garden
2nd. Mundt&- Robyn 101 Wellcamp-Westbrook 1st. Shirley Timo Sihvola Rolfe - 24 Stark Dr, Rd, ValeWellcamp View 3rd. & Glenda - 1334 Palms Rd, Upper 2nd. Ray Shirley Mundt -Postle 101 Wellcamp-Westbrook Rd, Yarraman Wellcamp Highly Commended: 3rd. Ray & Glenda Postle - 1334 Palms Rd, Upper Yarraman HighlyMervyn & Alma Fowler - 7 Bowden St, Pittsworth Commended: HighlyMervyn Commended: & Alma Fowler - 7 Bowden St, Pittsworth Mal & Annie Sendall - 1374 Felton Clifton Rd, Nobby
Class 2: Large Homestead Garden Highly Commended:
Option 4:and Small Space- 15 Garden orSt,Bushhouse 3rd. David Gay Kearey Beresford Pittsworth
1st. Paul Noela Sendall Rubb - -194 Schultz-Haden Mal && Annie 1374 Felton CliftonRd, Rd,Haden Nobby 2nd. Annette Armitage - 34 Gowrie St, Kingsthorpe 3rd. Crystal Stark -Homestead 702 AndurambaGarden Rd, Crows Nest Class 2: Large 1st. Paul & Noela Rubb - 194 Schultz-Haden Rd, Haden Class 3: Small Homestead 2nd. Annette Armitage - 34 GowrieGarden St, Kingsthorpe 1st. Heather & Neville McNalty - "TheRd, Palms" Palms Rd, Crows711 Nest 3rd. Crystal Stark - 702 Anduramba Cooyar 2nd. Christine Bartkowski - 59 Goombungee Class 3: Small Homestead GardenMeringandan Rd, WestNcNalty - "The Palms" 711 Palms Rd, 1st. Meringandan Heather & Neville 3rd. Shirley Cooyar Cronk - 123 McLean Rd, Peachy 2nd. Christine Bartkowski - 59 Goombungee Meringandan Rd, ClassMeringandan 4: Town Garden West 1st. David and Gay Kearey - 15 Beresford St, Pittsworth 3rd. Shirley Cronk - 123 McLean Rd, Peachy 2nd. Monika Blass - 1 Vicky Ave, Crows Nest
1st. Paul & Noela Rubb - 194 Schultz-Haden Rd, Haden Highly Commended: 2nd. David and Gay Kearey - 15- 'Roseland' Beresford St, Lindsay & Lynda Hanson 241Pittsworth McLeons Rd, 3rd. Jeanette Bennett 52 John St, Goombungee Crows Nest
Option Garden Option 5: 4: Best SmallSustainable Space Garden or Bushhouse
Other Great Garden Competition Entrants:
Class 4: Town Garden Class 5: Novice Garden 1st. David and Gay Kearey - 15 Beresford St, Pittsworth
1st. Jeanette Bennett - 52 John St, Goombungee 2nd. Monika Blass - 1 Vicky Ave, Crows Nest 2nd. Lenore & John Ferris - 3 Perseverance Dam Rd, Nest Garden ClassCrows 5: Novice 3rd. Lynda Hanson - 'Roseland' 241 McLeons Rd, 1st. Lindsay Jeanette&Bennett - 52 John St, Goombungee 2nd. Crows LenoreNest & John Ferris - 3 Perseverance Dam Rd, Crows Nest Class 6: Front Garden 3rd. Lindsay & Lynda Hanson - 'Roseland' 241 McLeons Rd, 1st. Wayne & Narelle Schick - 4 Booth Crt, Oakey Crows Nest 2nd. Anne Dorothy Newsham - 49 Ramsay School Rd, Ramsay
Class 6: Front Garden Class 7: Hospital, Nursing Home and 1st. Wayne & Narelle Schick - 4 Booth Crt, Oakey Retirement Villages 2nd. Anne Dorothy Newsham - 49 Ramsay School Rd, Ramsay
1st. Postle- 194 - 1334 Palms Rd, Upper Yarraman 1st. Ray Paul&&Glenda Noela Rubb Schultz-Haden Rd, Haden 2nd. - 59 Goombungee 2nd. Christine David andBartkowski Gay Kearey - 15 Beresford St,Meringandan Pittsworth Rd, West - 52 John St, Goombungee 3rd. Meringadan Jeanette Bennett 3rd. Lindsay & Lynda Hanson - 'Roseland' 241 McLeons Rd, Option Best Sustainable Garden Crows5:Nest 1st. Ray & Glenda Postle - 1334 Palms Rd, Upper Yarraman 2nd. Christine Bartkowski - 59 Goombungee Meringandan Rd, Meringadan West 3rd. Lindsay & Lynda Hanson - 'Roseland' 241 McLeons Rd, Crows Nest Ruby Brunner - 38A Crown Street, Toowoomba Sth V8 Wendy Skene - 30 Talinga St, Mt Lofty Nth T10 Harald Wagner - 4 Clarice Street, Harristown Sth L13 Simone Mooketsi - 447 Stenner St, Harristown Sth M13 Sheldine Underwood - 81 Nelson Middle Ridge Sth Ruby Brunner - 38A Crown Street,St,Toowoomba SthQ19 V8 Pamela & Alan Hahn 31 Gascony St, Harristown Sth Wendy Skene - 30 Talinga St, Mt Lofty Nth L11 T10 Merilyn Whittaker 48 Charnley Toowoomba Sth Harald Wagner - 4- Clarice Street,St,Harristown SthN13 L13 Oak Tree Retirement Village 134 Baker St, Toowoomba Sth L16 Simone Mooketsi - 447 Stenner St, Harristown Sth M13 Beryl Osborne - Oak Tree Village,Ridge Villa 58, Sheldine Underwood - 81 Retirement Nelson St, Middle Sth Q19 134 St, Darling Heights St, Harristown Sth Pamela & Baker Alan Hahn - 31 Gascony Sth L16 L11 Marlene & Rex Koop - Oak Tree Retirement Village, Villa 8, Merilyn Whittaker - 48 Charnley St, Toowoomba Sth N13 134 Retirement Baker St, Darling Sth Oak Tree VillageHeights - 134 Baker St, Toowoomba Sth L16 L16 Roslyn Morley Oak Tree Retirement Village, Villa 7, Beryl Osborne - Oak Tree Retirement Village, Villa 58, 134 Sth 134 Baker Baker St, St, Darling Darling Heights Heights Sth L16 L16 Sandra Marlene&&Earl RexBoyes Koop -- Oak Oak Tree Tree Retirement Retirement Village, Village, Villa Villa 41, 8, 134 Baker Baker St, St, Darling Darling Heights Heights Sth L16 L16 134 Sth Roslyn Morley - Oak- Tree Retirement Village, Villa Villa 7, 47, Val & John Smythe Oak Tree Retirement Village, 134 Baker Baker St, St, Darling Darling Heights Heights Sth L16 L16 134 Sth Sandra & Earl Boyes Oak Tree Retirement Village, Villa 41, Dorothy Mills - Unit 9 / 22 Anzac Ave, Newtown Nth O17 134 Peter BakerMullen St, Darling Sth Carol and - UnitHeights 1/ 47 Trevean Dr, Highfields HF L16 H5 Val & John - OakVillage Tree Retirement Village, Villa 47, Abbie Lane Smythe Arts & Craft 134 Baker DarlingHighway, Heights Highfields Sth K12 L16 10522 NewSt, England HF DorothyServiced Mills - Unit 9 / 22 Anzac Newtown Nth R19 O17 Laguna Apartments - 189Ave, Hume St, Toowoomba Nth Carol and Peter Mullen - Unit 1/ 47 St, Trevean Dr, Highfields H5 Murray Chiropractic - 280 Margaret Toowoomba NthHFO17 Abbie Lane Arts & Craft Village Downs Hotel - 25 Brisbane St, Drayton Sth J15 10522 New England- Highway, HighfieldsSt, Toowoomba Nth HF S18 K12 Southern Cross Austereo 104-106 Margaret Laguna Serviced Apartments - 189 Hume St, Toowoomba Nth R19 Creative Oasis - 25 Mort St, Toowoomba Nth O12 Murray Chiropractic - 280 Margaret St, Toowoomba Nth O17 Business Central – 136 Russell St, Toowoomba Nth O16 Downs Hotel - 25 Brisbane St, Drayton Sth J15 Milne Bay Military Museum - 60 O'Quinn St, Toowoomba Nth L19 Southern Cross Austereo - 104-106 Margaret St, Toowoomba Nth S18 Toowoomba Turf Club - Hursley Rd, Toowoomba Nth K17 Creative Oasis - 25 Mort St, Toowoomba Nth O12 Quinci Living - 21 Bridge St, Toowoomba Nth V15 Business Central – 136 Russell St, Toowoomba Nth O16 City - 254Museum South St, Toowoomba SthL19 P9 MilneGolf BayClub Military - 60 O'Quinn St, Toowoomba Nth City Golf Club Driving Range 254 South St, Toowoomba Sth P9 Toowoomba Turf Club - Hursley Rd, Toowoomba Nth K17 St Johns Community Garden Cnr Geddes & Cranley Sts, Quinci Living - 21 Bridge St, Toowoomba Nth V15 Toowoomba Sth City Golf Club - 254 South St, Toowoomba Sth R9 P9 High Street Shopping St,St, Toowoomba Sth City Golf Club Driving Centre Range -- 52 254High South Toowoomba SthV11 P9 Robert Charles Holland - 89 Pierces Creek Rd, Crows Nest St Johns Community Garden - Cnr Geddes & Cranley Sts, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport - 1511 Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Sth Rd, R9 Toowoomba Wellcamp High Street Shopping Centre - 52 High St, Toowoomba Sth V11 Equivet Australia - 142 Jimna Springs Rd, Southbrook
Other Great Garden Competition Entrants:
1st. Oakey Hospital/Nursing Home - Beale St, Oakey Class 7: Hospital, 2nd. Beauaraba Living: Nursing Pittsworth -Home 10 Wealeand St, Pittsworth 3rd. CWA HouseVillages - 21 Cherry St, Oakey Retirement 1st. Oakey Hospital/Nursing Home - Beale St, Oakey Class 8: Commercial Premises 2nd. Beauaraba Living: Pittsworth - 10 Weale St, Pittsworth 1st. McKinlays Nursery - 5 Briggs St, Pittsworth 3rd. CWA House - 21 Cherry St, Oakey 2nd. Meadowbank Gardens - 1217 Bowenville-Moola Rd, ClassIrvingdale 8: Commercial Premises 3rd. Hotel -- 530Briggs Main St, Pittsworth Meringandan 1st. Meringandan McKinlays Nursery 2nd. Meadowbank Gardens - 1217 Bowenville-Moola Rd, Option 1: Best Display of Flowering Annuals Irvingdale and Bulbs 3rd. Meringandan Hotel - 30 Main St, Meringandan 1st. Paul & Noela Rubb - 194 Schultz-Haden Rd, Haden Option Best Flowering Annuals 2nd. David1:and Gay Display Kearey - 15ofBeresford St, Pittsworth 3rd. and Shirley BulbsMundt - 101 Wellcamp-Westbrook Rd, Wellcamp 1st. Paul & Noela Rubb - 194 Schultz-Haden Rd, Haden Option 2: Predominantly Australian Native Garden 2nd. David and Gay Kearey - 15 Beresford St, Pittsworth 1st. Annette Armitage - 34 Gowrie St, Kingsthorpe 3rd. Shirley Mundt - 101 Wellcamp-Westbrook Rd, Wellcamp 2nd. Shirley Mundt - 101 Wellcamp-Westbrook Rd, Wellcamp 3rd. Wayne Narelle Schick - 4 Booth Crt, OakeyNative Garden Option 2: &Predominantly Australian Highly Commended: 1st. Annette Armitage - 34 Gowrie St, Kingsthorpe - 1217 Bowenville-Moola Rd, 2nd. Meadowbank Shirley MundtGardens - 101 Wellcamp-Westbrook Rd, Wellcamp 3rd. Irvingdale Wayne & Narelle Schick - 4 Booth Crt, Oakey Highly Commended: Option 3: Best Productive Garden Meadowbank Gardens - 1217 Bowenville-Moola Rd, 1st. Mervyn & Alma Fowler - 7 Bowden St, Pittsworth Irvingdale 2nd. Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard - 286 Swain Rd, Plainby Option 3: Best Productive Garden 3rd. Gay Kearey Beresford Pittsworth 1st. David Mervynand & Alma Fowler--15 7 Bowden St,St, Pittsworth Highly Commended: Olive Grove & Vineyard - 286 Swain Rd, 2nd. Bunnyconnellen Lindsay Plainby & Lynda Hanson - 'Roseland' 241 McLeons Rd, Crows Nest
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Competition judge Clint Kenny shares his winning garden tips THIS year’s Chronicle Garden Competition judge Clint Kenny has plenty of knowledge to share with green thumb residents, however the single most important thing is enjoyment. “Your garden is a personal space; it should be what you love,” Clint said. There are a few things Clint looks for in a winning garden. Good design and structure are paramount as they set the tone for the space. Evergreen elements that give you a garden all year round are also important, whether native, exotic or perennial. Annuals can be included alongside existing features such as pots, statues or existing plantings. Allocating room for vegetables is also a great idea for a functional and beautiful garden. Overall plant health is also at the top of Clint’s list, as he looks for plants that are thriving and looking their best in the conditions of each garden. “It’s important to select plants that are suited to the climate of the garden. “Every site is different so it’s up to the skill of the gardener in their nurturing of the plant and also in their plant selection.” Clint advises to think carefully about what categories you wish to enter in The Chronicle Garden Competition as you may be able to tweak your garden accordingly for a better
chance at success in this particular section. “Adopt sustainable garden practices, including being water wise and being careful of the environment such as using organic fertilisers and soil conditioning,” he said. “Good soil preparation for instance will make gardening a lot easier in the long run, and will show in the condition and health of your plants.” To encourage wildlife a bird bath or a pond or stream will encourage birds and lizards and other smaller animals or flowering plants to draw bees. Make sure you’re not using harsh insecticides or pesticides if you want to encourage fauna in the garden. “I guess every gardener’s dream is to create something that not only looks beautiful but is also healthy.” And of course, when preparing a garden for a competition, Clint is an advocate of trial and error — when to dead-head plants, how certain breeds will react to conditions — a lot of it is simply experience, he believes. “Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work the first time, it’s trial and error and will change year after year depending on rainfall, climate etc.” Most importantly of all however, Clint believes the garden must be a place that you enjoy. “If you’re a slave to it you will lose interest and not want to be there.” “Create a garden that suits you and your lifestyle.” The Chronicle Garden Competition city judge Clint Kenny. Photo: Kevin Farmer/ The Chronicle
Ashley North at his sustainable garden in Blue Mountain Heights. Ashley and Elizabeth North of 4 Grandview Crs, Blue Mountain Heights won Best Sustainable Photo: Kevin Farmer/The Chronicle Photo: Kevin Farmer/The Chronicle Garden. F R I D A Y, S E P T E M B E R 1 6, 2 0 1 6 \ \ 3 9
BEAUTIFUL GARDENS — CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: 201 North St, 15/17 Gascony St, 39 Highfields Rd, 5 Strathdarr Dr, 61 Leslie St. Photo: Kevin Farmer/The Chronicle
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ABC judges pick the best of the best Entrants in The Chronicle Garden Competiton have highly impressed ABC judges Penny McKinlay and Rod Hultgren. THE Chronicle Garden Competition for 2016 has be one of the best. Our ABC section has had heaps of entries, some newcomers and the quality of the gardens has been wonderful. The Outdoor Living Area section was the biggest category showing that Toowoomba is taking advantage of our climate, our glorious gardens and our fantastic lifestyle. Now the visitors can be welcomed to see this whole magnificent city. We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of it all. — Penny McKinlay, ABC judge
AWARD RECIPIENTS Outdoor Living Area 1. Geoffrey Sams, 201 North St, Toowoomba 2. Ashley & Elizabeth North, 4 Grandview Cres, Blue Mountain Heights 3. Bob & Val Ford, 19 Burke St, Toowoomba New Front Garden 1. Ken & Helena Murphy, 61 Leslie St, Rangeville 2. Kylie & Tim Munn, 17 Faith St, Rangeville 3. Lisa Christensen, 19 Park St, Wilsonton
Photo: Kevin Farmer/The Chronicle
Garden without any Annuals 1. Ken & Jan Mathiesen, 5 Strathdarr Dr, Torrington 2. Allan & Chris Hotton, 39 Highfields Rd, Highfields 3. Linda Lane, 2 Rees Dr, Highfields Family Garden 1. Mark & Cindy Ryan, 15-17 Gascony St, Harristown 2. Linda Lane, 2 Rees Dr, Highfields, 3. Kylie & Tim Munn, 17 Faith St, Rangeville
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BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS: John and Cheryl Ganzerâ€™s winning garden featured immaculate bedding John and Cheryl Ganzer of 21 Talinga St took out the Floral Garden class. and well planned colour combinations. Photo: Bev Lacy/ The Chronicle Photo: Bev Lacey/ The Chronicle
The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 23 Glenvale Rd won the Places of Worship Class with a garden featuring quaint and rustic touches.
Photo: Kristy Hayes/ The Chrnocile
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Structured garden beds with considered planting arrangements earned JJ Richards, Wilkinson JJ Richards gardener Campbell Kerr in the Wilkinson St premises that he transforms into a St the Commercial Premises. Photo: Bev Lacey/The Chronicle garden retreat. Photo: Kevin Farmer/The Chronicle
Allan and Chris Hotton, 39 Highfields Rd, with their winning garden for the Waterwise Award. St Vincent's Hospital, Scott Street. From left; Garden judge, Clint Kenny (left) with Alan Mallet Photo: Contributed Photo: Kevin Farmer/ The Chronicle and Luke Pimavera, and Luke Primavera.
The Ryan family of Mark and Cindy Ryan with their daughters Lauren (left) and Naomi in their Gascony St garden are familiar faces in The Chronicle Garden Competition, this year winning Best Productive Garden class. Photo: Bev Lacey/ The Chronicle 4 2 \ \ F R I D A Y, S E P T E M B E R 1 6, 2 0 1 6
BEAUTIFUL IN NATURE: There were many stunning flowers to see in the competition. BMS at 450 Stenner Street took out the Garden Nurseries class, featuring their display of kale PHOTO: Bev Lacey/The Chronicle and complementing plants. Photo: Bev Lacey/ The Chronicle
The City Golf Club won the Motels and Caravans class.
Photo: Bev Lacey/ The Chronicle Coloured lettuce in planted in a patterned formation at the BMS garden on Stenner St. Photo: Bev Lacey/ The Chronicle
Allan and Mary Kenna of Christmas St show off their winning Heritage Bank Cottage Garden.
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WATER FEATURE: The Toowoomba Garden of Remembrance on Ruthven St earned third place in the Commercial Premises lass.
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Kevin and Lola Steinmullerâ€™s garden at Cathro St was a highly commended in the Large Garden Class. Photo: Kristy Hayes/ The Chronicle
Alma Williams of 5 Kearney St enjoyed showing the judges through her whimsical Heritage Bank Cottage Garden which placed third. Photo: Nev Madsen/ The Chronicle
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The garden of Les and Fae Stephson at 161 Perth St was recognised in the Veterans class. Photo: Bev Lacey/ The Chronicle
BEAUTIFUL COLOURS: Keven and Amanda Corbett of 15 Arabian St took second place in the Heritage Bank Semi-Advanced Garden category, second in the Heritage Bank Cottage Garden category, first in the Small Space Garden, Courtyard or Bush House category, and winner of the Good Neighbour Award. PHOTO: Bev Lacey/The Chronicle
Multi award-winning garden of Keven and Amanda Corbett at 15 Arabian St. PHOTO: Bev Lacey/The Chronicle
Geoff Sams of 201 North St took out first place in the Small Garden category, Highly Commended in the Floral Garden category and Highly Commended in the Best Display of Flowering Annuals and Bulbs. PHOTO: Kevin Farmer/The Chronicle
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GREAT RESULTS: Gordon and Maria Reynolds of 40 Smythe Dr, Highfields took out second in the Small Garden category, first in the Predominantly Australian Native Garden category, first and highly commended in the Veterans category and second for the Waterwise Award. PHOTO: Kevin Farmer/The Chronicle
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The garden of Les & Coral McCoy at 52A Taylor Street won First Time Entrant, highly commended in Floral Garden, and highly commended in Best Display of Flowering Annuals and Bulbs. PHOTO: Bev Lacey/The Chronicle
Dorothy and Tony McKeon of 24 Wiangaree Dr won the Heritage Bank Semi-Advanced Garden category and the Design Concept Award. PHOTO: Bev Lacey/The Chronicle
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GREAT TEAM: Garden judge, Clint Kenny with Kristy Hayes, Chronicle Garden co-ordinator with the Jaguar car being used for garden judging. THE Chronicle Garden Competition judge and co-ordinators got around in style this year with the loan of a beautiful Jaguar from Wippells Autos. New judge to the competition, landscape designer Clint Kenny, had the challenging task of rating the 83 city gardens. Mr Kenny said all the gardens he saw were of a high standard and showed strong design elements. “Every garden is going to be different based on who nurtured it,” he said at the beginning of the judging. “I want to see that personality shine through.” Because there were such a range of categories up for judging, Mr Kenny looked for a striking overall design to decide the winners. “A good design will allow space for annuals and you’ll see a
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Heritage Bank Live Concert Series Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18 at the Heritage Bank Community Stage
WITH the Carnival of Flowers setting very high standards in a number of other areas, it’s no surprise that the music is following suit. Held in conjunction with the Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival, the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series offers a wide variety of music from performers including world-renowned band Birds of Tokyo, who will grace the Heritage Bank Community Stage on Friday, September 16. Triple J Unearthed star Montaigne will encapsulate crowds on Friday evening with her powerful, award-winning voice. Joining the line-up on Friday night will be ARIA Award winning singer-songwriter Emma Louise. Making a name for herself across the world, this Australian
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The Ergon Energy Flower, September 16 to 18
ACROSS three spectacular days Toowoomba will come alive with the Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival, delighting the senses of locals and tourists alike as people come together to sample world famous produce. Revel in the breathtaking flavours, produce and wine from southern Queensland country, and meet one of the world’s well known garden designers and landscapers, Charlie Ablone and celebrity chef Miguel. There will be activities all day at the Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival that are sure to excite and interest many different people. Wineries from across the region will attract Carnival goers for tastings, enjoying everything that the area has to offer. You will be able to buy fresh from farmers every day, and speak to numerous producers about the food, how it’s grown, where it comes from and more. Treat yourself to some beautiful flowers at the fresh flower market and speak to the producers about how you can preserve your blooms and have them for as long as possible.
Look absolutely beautiful and create your own stunning floral headband at the Floral Headband space with the help of a florist. Never say that you aren’t creative — the Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival is offering the opportunity to create your own lapel and hatpins alongside nationally renowned fashion designer Carolyn Taylor-Smith. Produce your own masterpiece with stunning fabric designed specifically for Carnival combined with bright, beautiful silk. Watch the spectacular woodcrafters to see from the Toowoomba Woodcrafters Inc as they whittle away pieces of wood to create unique, beautiful pieces that are absolutely timeless and adored by many. The Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival has so much to offer locals and travellers alike over three days. Get your friends and family together to enjoy the wonderful exhibits on display, food to eat, wine to taste and things to buy in the Garden City at the special festival.
The details: When: Friday, September 16 to Sunday September 18 Times: 10am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday and 10am to 9pm on Sunday Where: Upper Queens Park, Margaret and Lindsay Sts Daily ticket price: Adult — $33, Student/concession — $28, Child — $14, Family $75 Three-day pass: Adult — $85, Student/concession — $70, Child — $33, Family — $180 Bookings: Book online as early as possible at tcof.com.au
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There is a veritable “feast” of attractions. People 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, take in the free weekday concerts at 12.30pm or return for the Philharmonic Society Concert at 2pm Sunday, 18th September.
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Farm to plate DISCOVER delicious foods with daily tastings from 11am to 5pm and see live cooking demonstrations, evoking different flavours, tastes and scents to enjoy in the future. Smiling Spaniard and cooking superstar Miguel will be at the Ergon Energy Flower Food and Wine Festival to show visitors his special talent for combining Spanish flavours with beautiful Australian flavours. He will be able to seen over the three days at these times: Friday: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm Saturday: 11am, 1pm, 4pm Sunday: 11am, 1pm, 3pm. If you’re not quite up-to-scratch on your beer knowledge, then the Beer Buffs sessions at the Festival are perfect for you. Speak to the expects about what flavours and foods match with different brews, and sample some
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This region is renowned for its exquisite produce, in particular its meat. It’s for this reason that the Ergon Energy Flower Food and Wine Festival will be showcasing some of Australia top Pit Masters at the Low and Slow BBQ Demonstrations with their fantastic Texas-style BBQ-ing and wood-fired smoking, using local produce. This will be done over the three days of the Festival.
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TOOWOOMBA’S parks will be in full bloom for the Carnival of Flowers. Dozens of flowerbeds will showcase spectacular blooms across four of the main parks, with live music and other events on throughout the areas.
Laurel Bank Park 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 17, from 10.30am to 11am, with a 17-peice swing band performing the same day. Clever gardeners have created a free-growing meadow in the park, so be sure to take a stroll through the colourful tulips, daisies, pansies and more. 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, Triple Beat, will perform new vogue, old time and rock ‘n, roll style music.
Hume and Godsall Sts. Aside from two playground areas to keep the kids active This classic Toowoomba destination is located on the crest and an off-leash area for your family pup, Queens Park hosts of the Great Dividing Range and looks out upon the Lockyer the Botanical Gardens. These gardens are a highlight during the Carnival, with a Valley as well as the Garden City’s iconic Table Top bright cacophony of blooms throughout. Mountain. Enjoy Latin music and belly dancing on Saturday, On clear days viewers can see all the way to Brisbane from September 17, and a choral fanfare, Toowoomba Art the lookouts at the park. Society’s Carnival of Flowers Member’s Annual Art For adults and older children there are many walks to be Exhibition and Divas in the Park the following day. 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. For the kids there are several playgrounds scattered throughout the park. These beautiful grounds are home to the Heritage-listed As well as the spectacular blooming flowers, during the Spring Bluff Railway Station with nearly 150 years of railway Carnival of Flowers there will be a host of talented musicians history and gardens. playing at Picnic Point with a style for everyone — be it jazz, The breath-taking gardens are host to snapdragons, blues, folk, funk, soul, country, rock and roll or big brass acts. poppies, ranunculus, stock, petunias and many other Settle down on one of the lush grass areas for a picnic annuals and other plants. while you listen, or relax at the restaurant and café. Bring along a picnic and spend the day relaxing and
enjoying the floral display with the Jim Miller Big Band playing on Sunday, September 18, from 11.30am to 3pm. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are trains operating during the Carnival of Flowers. The main festivities for the Carnival take place in Queens Hop aboard the diesel train leaving Toowoomba twice Park. It hosts the Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival, daily at 9am and 1pm for a scenic journey down to Spring the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series, Sideshow Alley, and Bluff, where you’ll be greeted by the Acting Station Master. If an all-day affair is more what you’re looking for, there are is the finishing point for the Grand Central Floral Parade. Explorers can find the Flower, Food and Wine Festival and two full-day train tours available traveling from Brisbane to Toowoomba via Spring Bluff and back. Live Concert Series on the corner of Margaret and Lindsay Choose from the stream train or silver bullet express. Sts, while the parade’s finishing point is at the corner of
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Have a blast with the children on a day out in Queens Park Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will keep kids entertained with turtley fun for hours CARNIVAL finishes with a bang including a huge event for the kids. The Kids Day Out in Queens Park event will have fun for everyone. Held on Sunday morning, September 25, there will be baby animals to cuddle and face painting to do. There will also be balloon animals, jumping castles and story-telling. The stars of the event will be the Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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Mollie O'Sullivan and (on stilts) Elissa Cadwell entertain the crowd at the Carnival of Flowers Photo: Bev Lacey 2015 Kids Day Out in Queens Park.
Enoying the Kids Day Out in Queens Park last year are (from left) Tasmin and Aria Duffus, Molly and Patrick Sander.
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