Removing early blooming flowers to ensure they bloom again for the Carnival of Flowers are gardeners Tim Rival and Denis Connolly.
Removing early blooming flowers to ensure they bloom again for the Carnival of Flowers are gardeners Tim Rival and Denis Connolly.

Gardeners dig in to save carnival

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council gardeners are literally flat out in a bid to save the Carnival of Flowers.

The gardeners have been down on their hands and knees removing thousands of flower buds to hold back blooming plants brought on early because of the unseasonal hot weather.

The pansies in Laurel Bank Park are a sight thousands will be coming to see in three weeks time, not now.

There is concern that the delicate pansies will die after blooming before carnival goers have the chance to view them in all their multi-coloured glory.

TRC public garden (south) co-ordinator Karl Grams said similar work had been carried out at Picnic Point and Queens Park gardens to ensure the plants were in full bloom for the Carnival of Flowers.

“The pansies will be in full bloom again in two weeks,” Mr Grams said.

High temperatures have made conservative use of water even more vital.

“We have to be very careful with water,” Mr Grams said.

However, he was confident the council gardens would be a sea of colour in a few weeks time.

“The gardens should be spot on for the carnival,” Mr Grams said.

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will be held from September 18 to 27.

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