2016 Winter Garden Unveiled!


After many months of speculation the 2016 Toowoomba Camellia Show and Garden Expo Winter Garden can be revealed.

Peter & June Fearon
Peter & June Fearon

June and Peter Fearon have very generously offered their magnificent garden at 1 Mabel Street, Mt Lofty as this year’s Winter Garden.

Nestled at the far northern end of Stuart Street, the garden will delight the expected hundreds of local and interstate garden lovers who will make a beeline for this magnificent space.

The garden comprises a range of cool climate plants including Japanese maples, viburnums, conifers and azaleas which are, naturally, complemented by a stunning variety of camellias dotted throughout the garden. The two main features of the garden are the magnificent espaliered camellias on the northern and southern sides of Mr and Mrs Fearon’s home.

Visitors will be temporarily lost in the “hidden” maple walk on the eastern side of the residence. Other cool climate plants, including magnolias and gardenias, plus a beautiful beech tree create interest throughout the property.

Peter Lock, CEO with Major Sponsor Heritage Bank said, “It is the generosity of good people like Mr and Mrs Fearon that make the Toowoomba region such a wonderful place to live.
They have dedicated years of their lives to make their special oasis one of beauty and tranquillity and now they are sharing it with the Toowoomba Camellia Show and Garden Expo and garden lovers throughout Australia.”

“Heritage is delighted that our support helps make this event possible and creates such a positive impact in our community.”camellia-bloom

Committee member Mike Wells of TAFE Queensland South West Horticultural Centre added, “The Fearon’s Winter Garden is the perfect partner for this year’s Show and Expo.

“After seeing all the attractions at the 16/17 July Show/Expo – the trees, shrubs and flowers; the exhibitions, speakers and presentations; the ‘living library’ of experts to answer questions about camellias and all things garden – visitors will be keen to transform their own gardens into places of beauty. A trip to our Winter Garden will be just the tonic to motivate.”
Hospice Promotions and Fundraising Manager, Mark Munro concluded, “We are so pleased to be able to tell patrons that the admission price is unchanged at a tiny $5. We want the maximum number of people to enjoy what we have to offer and to leave motivated about what joy a beautiful garden can give.”

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Greg Johnson

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