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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2008-09
retreats, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden is the ideal sum- mer destination for tourists to the Blue Mountains. Throughout summer, they can witness the spectacular displays offered by the iridescent turquoise spikes of the Puya, the illusion of snow from the blossoming Japanese Dogwoods and the profusion of Lavenders in the Rock Garden. The sweet-scented Rhododendron farewells spring and heralds Christmas while native interest lies in the rich pink blossom of the Dorrigo Waratah. The feathery red flowers of the elegant, sel- dom seen and rarely cultivated, native Incense Plant are unmistakable alongside the dainty pink-shelled Pompon Tree, the graceful wands of the Hairbells and the clear, white spikes of the Summer Hyacinths. Mount Tomah Botanic Garden Visitor Centre continues to host the Meryl Bell Botanical Art Exhibition until 28 December. Working in oils, Meryl uses techniques of seventeenth century Dutch floral artists to create pieces of brilliant colour and tactile appeal with incredible botanical accuracy. The Gardens Shop carries a wide range of products featuring her exquisite art which will be on show during the exhibition. Catering for a range of budgets, Meryl Bell’s exhibition is the perfect oppor- tunity to combine a visit to Mount Tomah with some early Christmas shopping with a botanical difference. Visit Mount Tomah Garden in the new year for the 25 Years of World Heritage in Australia Photographic 6 Summer at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden… W ith panoramic views that stretch from Sydney to the Hunter Valley, over 5,000 different species of plants and many welcoming shady February in the Visitor Centre. For harried parents in the summer school holidays, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden has a number of school holiday activities to keep the children entertained. Children can choose from the Bird Mobiles and Mini Bird Worlds Workshop, or the Rainbow Colours Art Workshops. Both workshops are on offer at various times in January and bookings are essential. The briefest glimpse of the Carnivorous Plant Fair – Plants with Bite will be held at the end of Summer, for one week commencing 28 February. Learn how these intriguing plants have adapted to nutrient deficient environments by feeding on meat. The visitor centre will house a spectacular carnivorous plant display with rare plants for sale. Children will love the Flashing Feather Friends Adven- ture Quest due at the Garden at the commencement of summer. This self-guided family activity takes about an hour to complete. A small fee applies and each complet- ed quest wins a lucky dip prize. Exhibition. Covering over 1 million hectares of bush land, the Greater Blue Mountains received World Heritage listing in 2000 based on its distinctive and evolving eucalyptus communities. Surrounded by euca- lypts as far as the eye can see, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden makes both a stunning and fitting setting for this touring exhibition from 5 January through until 13 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au Make a day of it and picnic on our luxurious lawns tak- ing advantage of the free electric barbecues. Alternatively, book a table at Restaurant Tomah and dine with the panoramic views on offer. Discover the botanical wonders of our collection with a volunteer guided tour at 11.30am or visit our Gardens Shop for botanically inspired gifts from local artists. For any enquiries or bookings for the summer activities at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, visit our website at www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 4567 2154. summer 2008/9