The much anticipated Toowoomba Camellia Show and Garden Expo was launched Friday, 15th June at â€œThe Windmillsâ€ in the Cobb and Co/TAFE South-West precinct, corner of Lindsay and Campbell Streets.
Toowoomba Hospice Chair Graham Barron and VIPâ€™s jointly cut a spectacular camellia garland, thus triggering off a series of events to culminate in Queenslandâ€™s biggest Camellia Show and Garden Expo on Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 July.
Those events include the much-awaited naming of this yearâ€™s Toowoomba Winter Garden and the official Queensland re-launch of a heritage camellia. President Kevin Cotterell said, â€œThe Camellia Show Committee is over the moon with the way in which the show has grown in reputation across the nation”.
â€œToowoomba is internationally renowned as â€œThe Garden Cityâ€ and thatâ€™s why more and more visitors come here. There is nothing more fulfilling than taking in our abundant gardens and attractions, plus the goodwill of our community over a beautiful Toowoomba winter weekend.â€
As well as a spectacular display of beautiful camellias, the event will boast an expansive Garden Expo with over 40 exhibitors showing a range of plants and products. Thereâ€™ll be non-stop entertainment; combined car club displays and art, craft and local produce.
Inspirational speakers on camellias, gardening and horticulture include award-wining Dr Stephen Utick, â€œGardening for the Good Lifeâ€™sâ€ Clare Bickle and the â€œGarden Guruâ€ Phil Dudman, from ABC Gardening Australia.
Committee member Greg Johnson, who is no stranger to colourful outfits, was again at his â€œfloral bestâ€ for the launch. He said, â€œI just love being involved with this event â€“ happy people from near and far, garden lovers all and proceeds to our beloved Toowoomba Hospice. Everyone wins!â€
Toowoomba Hospice Promotions and Fundraising Manager, Mark Munro added, â€œWeâ€™re very excited about the 2018 event. Staging Queenslandâ€™s largest camellia show in Toowoomba is great for our dedicated gardeners, for tourism and our economy.â€