Sunday, 28 September 2014

Grand Champion Garden - Toowoomba Chronicle Carnival of Flowers

The Drew garden - Ward Street, Highfields

There were certainly some beautiful gardens for the Carnival competition this year and if the loads of buses filled with Japanese tourists streaming through the Drew garden at Highfields were any indication this garden was a worthy winner of the Grand Champion title. Australian natives are more my thing but there is an artistic elegance to these large exotic gardens and you have to admire the energy that went into building this particular one.

Not only did it win the overall City category it was also the No1. Veteran's Garden, the No 1. Best display of bulbs and flowering annuals and also No1. Acreage garden. The amount of time and effort that goes into this relatively new garden each year is a full time job. For ex farmer Kevin Drew it must be retirement therapy. Everywhere around the garden are quirky little bits and pieces of his sense of fun and enjoyment of life. His meticulous attention to detail is manifested in the mix of plantings as well as the bits of machinery restored to pristine glory around the yard, and in his spotless shed.

Kevanna, the last house on Ward Street

The waterfall - totally unnatural but totally captivating

Something from the farm

The old family car restored along with petrol bowser and oil tank

Don't complain

The shed. It probably gets dirty sometimes.

Say no more

Were you expecting that?

The map of Australia in annuals. Even though this photo was taken from a platform, not exactly high enough to get the best effect.

The wisteria bower.

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