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The Garden City’s Carnival of Flowers

Last Friday Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers opened. Toowoomba, which is affectionately known as The Garden City, is a city in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, on the crest of the Great Dividing Range. It is known for the Cobb & Co Museum, with its horse-drawn carriages and it’s annual flower festival. The Carnival of flowers attracts large crowds through the regional town during this period to pay witness to the spectacular garden displays made up of 176, 030 seedlings, the plant society exhibitions and much, much more.

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Margaret Street adorned with flowers
Margaret Street adorned with flowers In the streets and

This was my first visit to Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers. I have always enjoyed the Spring festivals throughout Sydney’s CBD and in Canberra so when a new friend found out I was florist, and suggested I check it out….I did.

On Wednesday I made the drive from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to Toowoomba and set up our base directly across the road from Queens Park, a central attraction within the Carnival. Sadly, if I had made it here over the opening weekend, I am told that a full Carnival of rides and show bags would have greeted me,  however by the time I arrived, only the evidence of stalls and arenas remained. Nevertheless, the spirit of the carnival spilled out throughout the town with gorgeous displays sprinkled everywhere. Ergon Energy also created a new event this year which we enjoyed in central Queen’s Park, a light display and art installation enjoyed after dark.

Margaret Street adorned with flowers
Margaret Street adorned with flowers

Queens Park, is a heritage listed open park space that sits adjacent to Toowoomba’s Botanic Gardens, arranged in a L shape between Margaret Street, Lindsay Street and Hume Street. The Botanic Gardens are a more formal manicured space, where a large portion of the Carnival’s displays are set up.A large Ferris Wheel is in situ, allowing you to view the gorgeous garden displays from the best vantage point.

Queens Park entrance, Hume Street side
Queens Park entrance, Hume Street side

 

Queens Park central display from viewing platform
Queens Park central display from viewing platform
Queens Park central display with urban elements
Queens Park central display with urban elements
Queens Park major display
Queens Park major display
Carnival of Flowers, Toowoomba used more than 176,000 seedlings
Carnival of Flowers, Toowoomba used more than 176,000 seedlings
Toowoomba's Botanic Gardens includes some formal gardens
Toowoomba’s Botanic Gardens includes some formal gardens
Toowoomba's Botanic Gardens includes some formal gardens
TCOF Garden beds in Queens Park
Gardens were planted in interesting shapes and patterns which were spectacular to view from the ferris wheel
Gardens were planted in interesting shapes and patterns which were spectacular to view from the ferris wheel
Good old favourites like pansies, and snap dragons featured throughout the carnival
Good old favourites like pansies, and snap dragons featured throughout the carnival
Colours were blocked throughout the Carnival of Flowers making displays even more spectacular from the Ferris wheel.
Colours were blocked throughout the Carnival of Flowers making displays even more spectacular from the Ferris wheel.
Toowoomba's carnival of flowers used more than 176,000 seedlings
Toowoomba’s carnival of flowers used more than 176,000 seedlings

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Another key area within the Carnival is Laurel Bank Park, a gorgeous manicured park space within the CBD complete with a playground for the kids, carefully cut topiary trees, a edible garden, and a Japanese themed garden as well. The manicured ‘Thomas’ train topiary is a great hit with kids.

We only had a couple of days at the Carnival and we were kept very busy. You could certainly spend a several days here looking around and enjoying the gorgeous town. There are various walking tours on offer and a free shuttle bus available to take you from Park to Park. The Carnival ends on September 30th, so if you can’t make it there this year, may I suggest you add it to your bucket list, you won’t regret it.

Enjoy the pictures 🌸🌹🌼🌿🌺🌷🌻🌴

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Laurel Bank Park features carefully cut topiary trees in various shapes
Laurel Bank Park features carefully cut topiary trees in various shapes
Laurel Bank Park's Thomas topiary
Laurel Bank Park’s Thomas topiary

Laurel Bank Park, Toowoomba

Japanese Garden, Laurel Bank Park
Japanese Garden, Laurel Bank Park
Laurel Bank Park, Toowoomba during the Carnival of Flowers, 2018
Laurel Bank Park, Toowoomba during the Carnival of Flowers, 2018
Lawn mower topiary, Laurel Bank Park
Lawn mower topiary, Laurel Bank Park
Sydney's Opera House topiary, Laurel Bank Park, Toowoomba
Sydney’s Opera House topiary, Laurel Bank Park, Toowoomba
Gardens outside of the Croquet Club at Laurel Bank Park, Toowoomba
Gardens outside of the Croquet Club at Laurel Bank Park, Toowoomba
Laurel Bank Park, is a key area in Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers
Laurel Bank Park, is a key area in Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers
A variety of topiary line the Space at Laurel Bank, Toowoomba
A variety of topiary line the Space at Laurel Bank, Toowoomba

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