Cheryl and Kelly Fry have Toowoomba’s best garden without annuals at 21 Dallang Rd. It is the first year they have not planted annuals. “You put them in, and six weeks later you’re pulling them out, so this year we went with perennials,” Cheryl said. Despite no pansies or petunias or snapdragons or any of the other go-to annual flowers Toowoomba is known for, the Fry’s garden is still very colourful. “It’s nice to be a little bit different, and annuals can be a little bit ‘precious’ to look after,” Cheryl added. (ABC Southern Qld: Peter Gunders)
Mark and Cindy Ryan have Toowoomba’s best family garden. “You’ve got to have a lot in a family-friendly garden,” Mark said. “Basically, we like to think of it as an old-fashioned garden.” The Ryans have a chook pen, vegetable garden, games, and a good amount of outdoor seating. “We live in it all year round, and being a family-friendly garden, if a ball goes into the garden we’re not too precious about going in to retrieve it.” (ABC Southern Qld: Peter Gunders)
Jill and Rod Osborne at 11 Horizon Court in Highfields have the city’s best new front garden. “I started by following the edges of the house and then I kept adding to it,” Jill said. Permanent trees have been planted throughout the garden with annuals and natives planted amongst them. “I try to make it an all-year garden,” Jill said. “I’ve got quite a lot of grevilleas and a whole section of succulents that remind me of the coral on the Great Barrier Reef,” she laughed. (ABC Southern Qld: Peter Gunders)
Not only did Bob and Val Ford win Grand Champion garden, they won the ABC’s best outdoor living area at 19 Burke St. “We had a cold and dry winter which helps flowers bloom a lot better,” Bob said. Bob admits to spending a lot of time working in his garden, which includes tending to a pristine lawn, but he says it is the best place to relax. “There’s always something beautiful to look at in the garden,” he added. (ABC Southern Qld: Peter Gunders)
Gardeners in Toowoomba have all commented on the cool and dry season leading up to the Carnival of Flowers.
“It means some plants are flowering now that normally wouldn’t for a good few weeks,” said Jill Osborne.
Gardens will be open to the public until Sunday September 27.
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