An exciting build up to the Camellia Show and Garden Expo in Toowoomba on July 20 and 21 is underway. Weeks of various activities leading up to the Camellia Show and Garden Expo, which is the largest conducted in Queensland, began on Friday. June 28.

The event was officially launched when Toowoomba Camellia Show and Garden Expo working committee president Kevin Cottrell and other VIPs cut a spectacular Camellia garland at The Springs Garden World. This year the Show promises to have “something for everyone” featuring the largest-ever display of Camellias, internationally acclaimed expert speakers, non-stop entertainment, gardening tools and accessories as well as an expansive food hall and local products.

“We have been planning for the last 12 months and will deliver the best-ever event,” Mr Cottrell told those at the launch. “In a coup for Toowoomba we’ve got the Australian release of a newly bred Camellia Japonica from Paradise Plains, to top it all off.”

As Toowoomba Hospice Promotions and Fundraising manager Mark Munro says the speaker’s program is “extraordinary”. “The program is heading by not one but two ABC Gardening Australia stars in Sophie Thomson and Jerry Coleby-Williams,” Mr Munro said.

“Darling Downs favourite Brian Sams will be present plus the president of the Australian Camellia Society Darryl Baptie. Toowoomba is international renowned as ‘The Garden City’ and that’s why there are more and more visitors to the city. There is nothing more fulfilling that taking in our abundant gardens and attractions amid the goodwill of our community over a beautiful Toowoomba weekend.”

In addition to a spectacular display of beautiful Camellias the event will boast an expansive Garden Expo with over 40 exhibitors showing a range of plants and products. There will also be a combined car club displays and art and craft stalls.

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