Daffodils, Sweet Peas and even Parsley are just a few of the 176,030 seedlings and bulbs recently planted in the Botanic Gardens at Queens Park, Toowoomba which in five months will bloom to create the world-famous Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, recently crowned Australia’s Best Event.

Toowoomba Region’s horticulturalists and gardeners, together with dignitaries and fans gathered last week for the inaugural Planting Ceremony, a moment which signals the official countdown to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

As well as marking the beginning of five months of intense work for the team of gardeners and horticulturalists that curate the city’s stunning parks and public spaces, readying them for more than a quarter of million visitors from September 21.

At last week’s Planting Ceremony exciting new experiences and headliners were also announced as program highlights for this year’s floral event including –

Multi-award-winning garden designer, author and commentator Jim Fogarty leads the floral line-up with over 30 internationally recognised design awards and 15 gold medals.

There will be TWO headline chefs for 2018 – Adam Liaw, author, cook, host of Destination Flavour, culinary contributor and winner of Masterchef Australia 2010 will be joined by amazing slow food chef Julia Busuttil Nishimura to celebrate the local flavours of the Carnival.

A stunning new event for 2018 is The Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy – based in Queens Park, The Night Garden is a magical creation featuring floral and lighting displays and experiences, to be held over five nights from September 26 to 30.

Another new event is The Chef’s Brunch, to be held on Sunday morning with special guest chef Julia Busuttil Nishimura in the leafy gardens and setting of Gip’s Restaurant.

The Grand Central Floral Parade will be held on Saturday September 22 – it will be the 69th time this incredible event has been held and it is expected to attract over 70 floats.

Stay tuned to Lady Brisbane for more details as Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers draws closer.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Where – various Toowoomba locations, see website for details

When – 21-30 September, 2018

Website – www.tcof.com.au