The depths of winter might be suited to ice skating, but Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) garden crews and Carnival organising team are busy ensuring every detail is in order for the 69th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers from September 21-30.
TRC Tourism and Events portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said Council’s garden crews were close to completing the final plantings that would provide the centrepiece floral displays at the city’s major civic parks.
Cr McDonald said this year’s brilliant blooms would be matched by the beaming smiles and informative tips from the Carnival of Flowers volunteer greeters.
“Greeters will wander selected streets and civic parks or join organised tours to offer special tips or advice about Carnival events and venues,” Cr McDonald said.
“This personalised service is sure to help visitors plan their days and maximise their enjoyment.”
TRC Parks and Recreations Service Portfolio Leader Cr Joe Ramia said Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers planning happens throughout the year with Nursery staff ordering and preparing stock while garden bed designs happen in the months after each Carnival.
“This year around 54,500 seedlings and bulbs will bloom in Queens Park alone.
“In the past week Council’s garden crews have finalised planting snapdragons, varieties of pansies and bellis or English daisies.
“The final selection of bulbs will be planted in the coming week or so,” Cr Ramia said.
“Around 11,000 tulips have been planted at Laurel Bank Park with more than 62,000 seedlings used in the park’s signature design garden. The design will be revealed when the blooms appear.
“The park will feature a wide variety of annuals, perennials and bulbs with 20 baskets of flowers. The regular topiary, which is on display all year, also adds a structured element to the riot of colour.”
Other park features: Queens Park: About 1500 bulbs have been planted in the new garden at the Lindsay Street entrance, including iris, freesias, daffodils, tulips and blue bells. Iris and tulips are interspersed in beds around the park. The extraordinary displays of colourful flowering annuals will be a highlight. More than 48,000 seedlings and 6000 bulbs have been planted.
Picnic Point: The display will feature 20,000 annuals.
CBD: Toowoomba’s CBD will complement the park displays with 2000 tulips planted. Other garden beds are receiving a makeover with more than 4,500 annual seedlings to add to the festival theme in the main part of the city.
Spring Bluff: More than 8,500 annuals will brighten the popular picnic destination. The diesel train rides will leave Toowoomba twice daily (9am, 1pm, with departures from Spring Bluff at 11am and 3pm). Tickets are on sale from the Queensland Rail ticket office 1300 732 087 or www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au from August 1.
Note: Other train trips, such as the full day steam train tour leave from Brisbane’s Roma Street Station on September 22 and 23. Bookings: 07 3252 1759 (10am to 3pm, Tuesday–Friday) or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Silver Bullet Express Tour leaves from Brisbane on Wednesday, September 26. Same contact as above.
Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery: Apart from being a treasure trove of historical markers, the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery will have an extra special spring sheen thanks to 1,500 tulips. The Divine Garden is a marvel all year round as are the magnificent mature trees in the grounds.
Newtown Park and Chalk Drive: Displays of more than 10,000 annuals will bring these areas to life.
Caption: TRC Horticulturalist Werner Suhr (right) and Marshall Hanson with a tray of English daisies to be planted in the median bed outside City Hall.