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HISTORY

  • 1953: The opening of the first Begonia Festival in Ballarat
  • 1954: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visits the Festival
  • 1953-1993: Ballarat Begonia Festival hosts ‘Queen of Begonia’. A judging panel would select one woman to become the annual Queen of Begonias. Her role was to promote the Festival and appear in the parade
  • 1960: The ‘new’ begonia glasshouse in the Botanical Gardens was opened and the floral clock was installed. it was the largest electrically motorised floral clock in the world at the time
  • 1964: The floral carpet was the first large-scale, live flower floral carpet, measuring 30 feet by 21 feet and featuring over 700,000 specially grown blooms
  • 1972: Festival introduces Princesses of Begonias (runners-up)
  • 1973: Annual parade moves to Lake Wendouree
  • 1993: The Festival crowns its last Queen of Begonias
  • 1995: The newly opened Robert Clark Conservatory became a focal point of the Festival.
  • 1999: The Festival celebrated 100 years of begonias being present in Ballarat
  • 2012: 60th year celebrations
  • 2015: The world’s largest outdoor LEGO flower, made by Brickman Ryan McNaught, was launched at the Festival
  • 2022: 70th year celebrations
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