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   Queensland, Australia
Friday 20 September to Sunday 29 September

Toowoomba Regional Council

The Toowoomba Chronicle

Supporting Charities

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Who We Are and
What We Do

Toowoomba's Exhibition Gardens are open Friday 20 September to Sunday 29 September. 

All gardens have an admission fee, which is donated to Charity.

This differs from The Chronicle's competition gardens as they have free entry, and the winners are awarded prizes.

The exhibition gardens are private gardens, open for 10 days during The Carnival of Flowers. These Gardens have a variety of permanent plantings that look good all year round. On display are large and small gardens brimming with trees, flowers and ideas, which we hope will inspire you.

So come along and meet the owners, have a chat, get some advice or purchase plants (not available at all gardens).





2024 Exhibition Gardens


Friday 20 September to Sunday 29 September

9AM - 5PM

Garden Ticket's sold at Gardens


$5 per garden


Enquiries Val 07 4635 5232

Val Peachey
5 Fern Drive
Kearney's Spring, 4350

Val's Garden is an integrated garden with structural evergreens, weeping standard maples,  and a range of roses, alstromerias, hellebores, bulbs and salvias.  The Garden is beautiful all year round  with a variety of perennials flowering at different times but comes to life in spring with a display of flowering annuals such as: larkspurs, foxgloves and hollyhocks planted amongst the roses.  The back garden features a  philadelphus, magnolia, varigated spirea, scadoxus and camellias .  The garden also includes a vegetable garden and a fernery. 

Val will have variety of plants for sale. 

Proudly supporting:  TOOWOOMBA HOSPICE

Toowoomba Exhibition Gardens 
    A Short History

Toowoomba has long been recognised as the “Garden City”.

Since 1950 when the first Carnival of Flowers was held, The Chronicle organised the garden competition in conjunction with the Carnival.

Ten times grand champion gardener in Toowoomba, the late Cec Swenson decided

to withdraw from the competition to leave the championship open to other gardeners.

He still wished his garden to be available for public inspection during future carnivals because

every year local and interstate garden lovers  returned to enjoy the splendour of his garden.

He believed this would happen even though his garden was not in the competition.

So the Exhibition Gardens were born.

The Swensons had been visitors to Leura Gardens in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, and were impressed by the organisation of the Leura Exhibition Gardens and to some extent modelled Toowoomba Exhibition Gardens concept on Leura.

It was decided to charge visitors to the gardens and donate the proceeds to charitable organisations.

Since its establishment in 1973, there have been numerous gardens displayed in this way.

Each garden owner selects a suitable charity of their choice and volunteers from this organisation sell and collect tickets at the gate.

Since 1973 approximately $792,000 has been distributed between the selected charities.  

Garden takings are pooled and divided equally between each charity.  


A Special Thankyou to All Our Sponsors

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