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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2009
Spring into Mount Tomah Botanic Garden this season Mount Tomah Botanic Garden is a must-see attraction in Spring with a spectacular seasonal show of colour from flowering blossoms, bulbs and trees. On Bells Line of Road in the northern Blue Mountains, the 70 acres of garden houses over 5,000 different species of rare and exotic plants. The magnificent grounds specialise in alpine plants from the Southern Hemisphere. Discover the huge collection of rhododendrons, mag- nolias and cherry blossoms that seem to dance with delight as gentle sunlight and balmy breezes tease the flowers and pale emerging leaves. See the bare stems of forsythias and early witch hazel bristle with golden decoration while the pieris flowers put on a display, tumbling over the tops of their leafy bushes. Drink in the visual beauty of tulips, daffodils, bluebells, crocus, lily of the valley, snowdrops and snowflakes as they bestow their annual gift of beauty. Spring is also Waratah time. From Saturday 26 September until Sunday 11 October, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden will host the annual Wild About Waratahs Festival. Come and see the stunning Waratah blooms entered by commercial growers in this state-wide competition or floral arranging demon- strations by Sarah Cox. With growing advice, cut blooms and potted varieties for sale, the festival has a range of exciting and innovative activities for all ages. Experience the beauty of the Waratah in the wild by joining a discovery ranger on a National Parks and Wildlife Discovery Walk on Saturday 3 October. Learn the tricks of the trade at the local farm "Gadara Wildflowers" when hosts Frank and Ros Allatt open their farm to the public on Sunday 4 October from 10.30am to 3pm. From the start of spring, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden welcomes Blue Horizons -- a photographic exhibition by Wyn Jones. This remarkable exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Blue Mountains National Park. Witness how Wyn has cap- tured the essence of the Blue Gum Forest in his works on display in the visitor centre Why not try your hand at botanical illustration with the two day workshop to be held at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden with respected local illustrator, Marion Westmacott. During the Spring Explosion! workshop scheduled for Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November, Marion will explore the colour bursts of spring reds, yellows and oranges, giving you the opportunity to discover and develop your illustrative skills. Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Children will love the Mr Sneeze and the Lost Bees adventure quest starting in spring. Help Mr Sneeze find the lost gold in the garden. This self-guided fam- ily activity takes about an hour to complete. A small fee applies and each completed quest wins a lucky dip prize. Children can also be entertained during the school holidays activity -- Twisted Twirly Trees. During this activity, being held on Thursday 8 or Wed 14 October, children can create their own twisted twirly trees cov- ered in magical tiny leaves. Again, places are limited, so bookings are essential. Finally, Tony Lennon will guide you through the art of Orchid Penjing Botanic Sculpture during his one day workshop on Saturday 31 October. Places limited, so again, bookings are essential. For any enquiries on the spring activities at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, please phone (02) 4567 2154 or visit www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au spring 2009 6
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