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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2009
Winter at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden L ess than two hours from Sydney on Bells Line of Road in the northern Blue Mountains, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden is a wonderful wintertime attraction specialising in cool-climate plants from around the world. Growing alpine plants unsuited to Sydney’s climate, the extensive collection includes over 35,000 plants with many rare and unusual varieties including the famous, local Wollemi Pine. Visitors often mistakenly believe that the garden is dead in winter but are pleasantly surprised to discover nothing could be further from the truth. Proteas, camellias, grape hyacinths, the fragrant pink Luculia gratissima and the surprising Winter Sweet are out in force in June. While July offers a wonderful opportunity to take in the architectural form of the Garden with the deciduous trees showing off their textured bark and at ground level early ‘spring’ bulbs appearing such as paper-whites, hellebores and hyacinths. Though September officially heralds the commencement of Spring, visitors in August will delight in the golden daffodils that form a carpet in the Brunet Meadow. There’s plenty of action indoors too this winter. On Saturday 13 June, Saturday 11 July and Saturday 8 August join in the fun of the Wizard’s School of Magic. The workshop is an hour and a half of magical craft and fun activities for wizards of all ages. 10.30am– 12:00noon OR 1:30–3:00pm, the Wollemi Room. 6 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au Children 4-16 years. Bookings essential. After the workshop why not continue on to the Zig Zag Railway for their Wizard’s Express? Celebrate the winter solstice at the Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba – Sat 20 June. Visit our stall in the Green Precinct to learn about the effect of cold on plants, managing water and how a city successfully thrives in a World Heritage National Park. 9:00am– 4:00pm, Main Street, Katoomba. For those that like to ‘do’ rather than watch, join in the Orchid Penjing Botanic Garden Sculpture Workshop where you will be instructed by Tony Lennon in creating a Penjing Work from carved sandstone and orchids. 10.00am–3.00pm, Waratah Education Centre. Bookings essential. During the school holidays there will be the Magnificent Mad Mobiles activities for the kids. Make mad mobiles from the riches of Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. 11am, Waratah Education Centre. Bookings essential. After wandering through the 70 acres of cultivated grounds or enjoying the various winter events, you’ll be ready for refreshments. Rug-up for a picnic, warm yourself with a BBQ or make a booking and treat yourself to a fabulous dining experience at the very popular Restaurant Tomah. For any enquiries on the winter activities at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, please phone (02) 4567 2154 or visit www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au winter 2009