Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Some Toowoomba Gardens

In choosing which gardens to visit while in Toowoomba we were spoilt for choice. As well as the prize winning gardens from the garden competition, there were exhibition gardens raising money for varous charities. We chose three of the exhibition gardens.
The first thing I noticed as we walked up to the first garden were the clivias in bloom along their front fenceline.
Clivias of various shades were in full bloom

There was a bushhouse with ferns and begonias

bromeliads growing happily on tree stumps

a rustic fence feature

and beds of flowers
lots of flowers
so many flowers - so much colour

I love the way this conifer had been trimmed and trained to provide shelter for shade-loving bromeliads.

If they'll grow successfully in our garden, I think I could fall in love with abulitons.




 The second garden was just around the corner but quite different in character. The landscaping was very modern and precise, with an oriental theme through much of the garden.



wide pathways, large rocks, camelias growing on the slopes

an abuliton trained as a standard

their pond

from the other direction - a waterfall
Overlooking the waterfall, a weeping cherry, conifers and maples

Rocky slopes were planted with low growing clipped shrubs and flowers

columbines


ground orchids

The third garden was different again. My first impression was it was a very old traditional garden. I was right and wrong. The house was built in 1870 which for Europe would not be old, but considering Australia was only first discovered by the British in 1770, it's old by our standards. The home played host to the first Carnival of Flowers committee meeting in 1930 and some of the plants in the garden are very old. However, it fell into disrepair and the current owners began to restore it only 18 months ago.

They discovered a photo of the tree, a pin oak, to the right of the house in a photo taken in 1930. It was  waist high at the time.

The tennis court is a new addition.

 Most of the garden is being restored in keeping with the house and its history
 including the choice of plants.


Don't children just love a pond.  

I loved the bed of pansies along the front of the house.

Each of these gardens is open for the entire ten days of the carnival. Apart from the pleasure of sharing their garden, the owners receive nothing. All proceeds go to charity. I left with huge admiration for the work these generous gardeners have not only put into preparing their gardens, but the commitment to having people stream through the gardens each day.

6 comments:

  1. Gosh those are beautiful gardens - two flowers I would love were featured there - clivias and fushias and I am not sure that I can grow either of them here.

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    1. They would grow here, but not as well as they do up the range in Toowoomba. Their temperatures are much less than ours in Summer.

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  2. Really touch the heart and congratulation for a wonderful cause.
    See my cousin has a Garden Design Company in Ireland, but he was new to the field with same motive to make a non-profit making organization.

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  3. Three different gardens with three distinct characters, all lovely though!

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  4. Loved all three of these beautiful gardens....made me quite envious though of all the lovely flowers that can't be grown here (I've tried).
    Paid an arm and a leg for an orange clivia many years ago....nursed it and loved it, and it still died....just not suitable to our climate.

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