Country Style - - A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY -

Toowoomba Car­ni­val of Flow­ers Septem­ber 15th–24th

Parks and gar­dens will be ablaze with flflo­ral colour while the city buzzes with events from com­mu­nity flflo­ral dis­plays and gar­den tours to the Qan­taslink Gala Din­ner, a fi­five-course de­gus­ta­tion menu set in Lau­rel Bank Park. Spe­cial guests in­clude So­phie Thom­son from ABC’S Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia and ac­claimed chef Anna Gare. Book­ings re­quired for some events. tcof.com.au

Daf­fodils at Ry­dal Septem­ber 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th

Thou­sands of dafff­fodils will light up gar­dens in this his­toric vil­lage over two week­ends. There will also be mu­sic, food and a her­itage walk through some of Ry­dal’s ear­li­est build­ings. From 10am to 4pm, en­try is just $10 for ad­mis­sion to all gar­dens, ex­cept the Sculp­ture Gar­den, for which there is an ad­di­tional $5 en­try fee. ry­dal.com.au

Leura Gar­dens Fes­ti­val Septem­ber 30th–oc­to­ber 8th

Eleven very difff­fer­ent cool-cli­mate gar­dens of the Up­per Blue Moun­tains, in­clud­ing some old favourites, will be open as a fundraiser for the Blue Moun­tains District An­zac Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal and other health-re­lated char­i­ties. Plus, there will be mu­sic in the gar­dens and an art show. En­try $8 per gar­den, or $25 for all the gar­dens. 0431 095 279; leura­gar­dens­fes­ti­val.com.au

Ill­yarrie Open Gar­den Septem­ber 16th–17th

This coastal gar­den show­cases the rich colour and di­ver­sity of Aus­tralian na­tive plants in­clud­ing rare banksias and un­usual gre­vil­leas. From 10am to 4.30pm. En­try $8, stu­dents $5, un­der 18s free. 0472 997 880; open­gar­densvic­to­ria.org.au

Wa­rooka Open Gar­den Septem­ber 23rd–24th

Wa­rooka is per­fectly sit­u­ated amid the treed land­scape of the Dan­de­nong Ranges Na­tional Park. Skil­ful group plant­ings of Aus­tralian and South African plants max­imise colour efff­fect in spring. En­try $8, stu­dents $5, un­der 18s free. 0472 997 880; open­gar­densvic­to­ria.org.au

BE­LOW Ill­yarrie gar­den’s Pime­lea physodes ‘Qualup Bell’.

Don’t miss Ry­dal’s dis­play of daf­fodils this month.

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