Korean travels 7718km to learn secret of our flowers

20th May 2017 6:00 AM
Korean garden expert visits the Chronicle office. ( From left ) Heo, Jun Su, Rohan Gosstray, Chronicle Regional General Manager, Stacey Hixon, Marketing Manager and Taisoo Kim Watson, interpreter. Friday, 19th May, 2017. Korean garden expert visits the Chronicle office. ( From left ) Heo, Jun Su, Rohan Gosstray, Chronicle Regional General Manager, Stacey Hixon, Marketing Manager and Taisoo Kim Watson, interpreter. Friday, 19th May, 2017. Nev Madsen

HE'S travelled 7718km from Paju in South Korea, just to learn the secrets of Toowoomba's success with flowers.

Heo Jun Sun ended his six-day fact finding mission to the Garden City yesterday.

He will return to Korea armed with knowledge he hopes will help revivalise his council's dreams to emulate our Toowoomba's success with the Carnival of Flowers and The Chronicle Garden Competition.

The Paju City council representative is responsible for looking after the street trees in the city; 50,000 of them ranging from cherry to ginkgo and maple trees and 17 different varieties.

Paju has a long relationship with Toowoomba that started when the two cities forged a sister city relationship 15 years ago.

Korean garden expert visits the Chronicle office. ( From left ) Heo, Jun Su, Rohan Gosstray, Chronicle Regional General Manager, Stacey Hixon, Marketing Manager and Taisoo Kim Watson, interpreter. Friday, 19th May, 2017.
Korean garden expert visits the Chronicle office. ( From left ) Heo, Jun Su, Rohan Gosstray, Chronicle Regional General Manager, Stacey Hixon, Marketing Manager and Taisoo Kim Watson, interpreter. Friday, 19th May, 2017. Nev Madsen

Mr Heo said Toowoomba was well-known for its carnival and he wanted to learn about how it was run. He said he was impressed by the cleanliness of the Toowoomba streets and avenues of tall trees.

The Paju City Council ran its own flower carnival from 2007 but it was halted after three years when developers constructed a building in open space required for the event.

In a bid to resurrect the event, the Korean council is encouraging residents to improve their gardens and developing small parks in the city.

"I hope we can have our own carnival of flowers within two or three years," Mr Heo said.

He intends to imitate the practice in Toowoomba of adding wood chips to the bases of trees when he returns to Paju.

The Chronicle Garden Competition is sponsored by Toowoomba Regional Council and Heritage Bank.