Who We Are and What We Do
Toowoomba's Exhibition Gardens are open from Friday 17 September to Sunday 26 September 2021, all money raised going to Charity.
Our 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)
2021 Exhibition Gardens
FOUR BEAUTIFUL GARDENS
OPEN FRIDAY 17th- SUNDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
9AM - 5PM
Garden Ticket's sold at Gardens
NO EFTPOS AVAILABLE
All gardens $12 . 3 gardens $10 . 1 garden $5
CHILDREN FREE WITH AN ACCOMPANING ADULT
Ticket enquiries Val 07 4635 5232
Jill & Rod Osborne
11 Horizon Court Highfields, 4352
Jill & Rod have a year round garden with annuals filling in spaces which provide an array of diverse colour for Spring. A display of Weeping Grevillea, Eremophila, Callistemmon, Westringia and Euphorbia, along with standard and bush roses perform well throughout the Spring and Summer.
They have incorporated a dry creek river bed at the back of their house. Their home is named “Eloura” meaning a pleasant place.
Toowoomba Exhibition Gardens
A Short History
Toowoomba has long been recognised as the
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 $742,000 has been distributed between the selected charities.
Garden takings are pooled and divided equally between each charity.