This is the weekend Australian garden lovers have been waiting for…..
Itâ€™s the Toowoomba Camellia Show and Garden Expo and gates open at 9.00am on Saturday, 16 July at TAFE Horticultural Centre in Campbell Street. The event continues through until 4.00pm on Sunday, 17 July and also includes June and Peter Fearon’s magnificent winter garden at 1 Mable Street, Mt Lofty (the very northern end of Stuart Street).
Queenslandâ€™s best kept secret will be made public with the official Queensland release of this yearâ€™s show camellia – the â€œIrresistibleâ€ camellia will be on sale to the public for just $25 with a large portion of the proceeds going to the Toowoomba Hospice.
Committee member Mike Wells described Irresistible as â€œsimply irresistibleâ€ and urged camellia lovers â€œto get in very early before it sells out. â€œThis magnificent bloom was bred by internationally respected Paradise Seeds.
It is a stunning sasanqua camellia and will be perfectly suited to Toowoombaâ€™s cool climate.â€
“Irresistible” will be one of one hundred things to see and do at the weekendâ€™s Event. It will be centrepiece on a packed program which also features celebrity speakers Jerry Coleby-Williams (ABCâ€™s Gardening Australia), Claire Bickle (Gardening for the Good Life) and Brian Sams (Wattletree Horticulture).
There is an extensive exhibition area with everything imaginable in trees, shrubs, flowers, garden care and garden concepts. Nostalgia devotees will delight at â€œthose magnificent men and women in their shiny machinesâ€ with eagerly awaited visits from the Mini Ownersâ€™ Car Club of Toowoomba on Saturday 16th and the Darling Downs Veteran and Vintage Car Club on Sunday 17th.
TAFE Horticultural Centre will come alive with the sound of beautiful music from Toowoomba Choral Society, Toowoomba Vocal Ensemble, After Five Vocal Ensemble, Left Field Quartet and singer/guitarist Angus Watson. And there will be a roving, â€œliving libraryâ€ of experts to answer questions about camellias and all things gardening, demonstrations, plus food and drinks.
Committee member Greg Johnson said he may even dust off his infamous floral jacket for the occasion.
Enter off Campbell Street, Toowoomba. Admission is $5 per person with proceeds to Toowoomba Hospice.