What's on: Toowoomba
LAIDLEY SPRING FESTIVAL
AUSTRALIA'S flora and fauna are the focus of this year's Laidley Spring Festival from Thursday, September 12-Saturday, September 14, with spectacular window displays and of course the parade on Saturday. From Thursday enjoy the Quilt and Craft Expo, the Spring Orchid Show, Laidley Garden Club displays at the Botanical Café, and the Laidley Anglican Church presents an open house with floral displays. There are markets at Laidley Lutheran Church which also houses the Lockyer Valley Artists Exhibition. Laidley Pioneer Village & Museum has displays, demonstrations and activities and Das Neumann Haus offers free museum entry. On Friday, the markets roll into town and Saturday is free family fun day.
Phone 1300 005 872 or go to luvyalockyer.com.au.
DISABILITY ACTION FESTIVAL
AS PART of Disability Action Week, this festival from 10am-3pm on Saturday, September 14 will include community panel discussions and guest speaker Dr Dinesh Palipana in the City Annex. Entertainment and stall holders are available outside from 11am in the Civic Precinct, with disability awareness activities from 2-3pm in the multi-purpose room at Toowoomba City Library. Emerge will provide catering, including a free sausage sizzle from 12-2pm.
Phone Toowoomba Regional Council on 13 18 72.
ST LUKE'S FLOWERS AND MUSIC
ST LUKE'S Anglican Church in Herries St, Toowoomba, showcases floral displays by the Toowoomba Floral Art Group from 9am-4pm, with music concerts daily at 12.30pm from Friday, September 20 to Wednesday, September 25 as part of the Carnival of Flowers. Drop into the hall to see a range of arts and crafts by local artisans and enjoy St Luke's beautiful gardens. It's all for just a gold coin donation.
Phone 07 4639 1910 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MY WORLD OF GARDENS
ARTIST Di Elsden will give a talk at the official opening of her exhibition My World of Gardens at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery on Sunday, September 15 from 1.30-3.30pm. For more than 20 years, Di has been capturing the unique character of gardens she has grown and visited within Australia and internationally, including Monet's iconic waterlily ponds at Giverny. This is a free event, but you are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, September 11. The exhibition continues until October 6.
WOODWORKERS from across the Darling Downs and surrounds will compete in a wide variety of skills such as carving, woodturning, cabinetmaking, box making and pyrography in Toowoomba and District Woodcrafters Inc's Golden Gouge Woodcraft Competition. With open and novice sections, entries on display promise to be impressive and there will be daily demonstrations.
It's on at Toowoomba Showgrounds from 9am-4pm Friday, September 20-Sunday, September 22.
For details, phone 0418 196 712.
SPRING ORCHID SHOW
THERE are hundreds of orchids on display - the largest display in south-east Queensland - plant sales, potting demonstrations and speakers at the Toowoomba Orchid Society annual Spring Show from 8.30am-4pm on Friday, September 20-Tuesday, September 24. It is at St Paul's Church Hall, Cnr Phillip and James Sts and entry is $4. To find out more, go to toowoombaorchid society.org.au.
AT SPRING Bluff Railway Station, the Jim Miller Band is back from 10am-3pm on Sunday, September 22. This event annually brings hundreds of people to enjoy the spectacular gardens and views, with food and drink available from the onsite café.
For more, phone 07 4688 6883.
BOYCE Gardens are named after Leslie and Margaret Boyce who established them in 1930 and left them to the University of Queensland Trust to preserve.
There is a breathtaking rainforest on the north-eastern corner, a pine forest along the eastern side, plus an avocado orchard and Australian flowering shrubs and, on the southern side, rose gardens, native orchids, camellias and manicured lawns. See it all at 6 Range St, Toowoomba from 9am-4pm, September 20-29.
QUILTS, STITCHES AND TEXTILES TRAIL
THE Quilts, Stitches and Textiles Trail consists of six events across various venues during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers from Friday, September 20-Saturday, September 28. They include Toowoomba Quilters Club, Toowoomba Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Group, Darling Downs Textile Art Group, Toowomba Embroiderers' Guild, the Airing of the Quilts and Kat Adams' Open Studio.
Fore more, phone 0409 634 272 or go to Quilts,Stitches&TextilesTrail on Facebook.