Intermittent showers on the opening day did not diminish attendance at the Toowoomba Camellia Show and Garden Expo at the Tafe Horticulture Centre on 15 and 16 July.

Camellia and garden enthusiasts from the Darling Downs region and much farther away flocked to the Expo, which was blessed with beautiful weather on the second day.

“We had coaches coming from near and far bringing garden lovers to the city,” said the Camellia Show and Garden Expo president Kevin Cotterell.

“The event has grown in statue year-on-year and has helped further Toowoomba’s international reputation as ‘The Garden City’.”

The Expo is regarded as a segway into the Toowoomba Carnival Flowers, which is conducted in September. While the camellias and winter flowers were the main focus of the Expo, there many other feature attractions.

These included expert speakers such ABC Gardening Australia’s Jerry Coleby-Williams, Gardening for the Good Life’s Claire Bickle and Highlife’s Brian Sams.

The brilliant Toowoomba Choral Society, among others, provided entertainment.

Competitions, plant sales, floral art, jewellery, millinery demonstrations, a craft and baked goods stall, a BBQ stall, and a specialty coffee outlet ensured there was something for everyone to enjoy.

In the lead-up to the Expo, the home of Dr Viola Nicholson and Colin Fitzgerald, known as “Stirling” was chosen as the Garden of the Year.

The garden, which was open for inspection over the weekend, is spread over two acres.

The magnificent flora on the property includes 100 camellia plans, 300 rose bushes and 100 trees from various parts of the world.

Read about the Camellia Show launch here