The exceptional garden of Pat and Maryanne Lovett at 10 Granada Drive, Highfields, has been generously donated as the Toowoomba Camellia Show and Garden Expo’s Winter Garden for 2018.

A masterpiece of planning the garden, which is set on a half-acre block 15 minutes from the Toowoomba CBD, boasts impressive features such as a central rose arbour and a gazebo. With Pat having a passion for camellias there are more than 60 named sasanqua and japonica cultivars growing beautifully among a large range of deciduous trees and ornamental shrubs. “It says something about the generosity of Toowoomba region gardeners that every year we have wonderful people like Pat and Maryanne toiling week after week to make sure their special place can be shared by garden lovers from around Australia,” said Show president Kevin Cotterell, making the announcement. “You can be sure Pat and Maryanne’s paradise will be sparkling come show time on July 21 and 22. With the rain we have just had and the promise of more rain next week, the Gods have indeed smiled on us.”

The announcement of a Highfields garden as the venue for this year was welcomed by committee member Greg Johnson, who was brightly decked out for his role as master of ceremonies. “Highfields is growing while blending historic sites with bustling tourist destinations and, particularly, inspirational gardens,” he said. “And, with Lindsay Booth and his now famous Toowoomba Sightseeing bus tour as part of the Camellia Show, visitors will be able to take in Pat and Maryanne’s garden plus other places of interest.”

The cost of entering the garden will be $5 while $10 will cover the cost of a garden visit and entry to the Camellia show.

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