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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2009 - 10
Celebrate the Sun... With panoramic views that stretch from Sydney to the Hunter Valley, over 5,000 different species of plants and many welcoming shady retreats, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden is the ideal summer destination. Summer displays of Puya, the blossoming Japanese Dogwoods and the profusion of Lavenders in the Rock Garden combine with sweet-scented Rhododendron to farewell Spring and herald Summer's arrival. Mount Tomah Botanic Garden's Summer of Art com- mences on Saturday 16 January with the arrival of Under The Sun; an exhibition of works by Australian Ecological Art. The elaborate works in this exhibition capture the essence of Australia's rich floral diversity in art. The artists, Scott Cardamatis and Joseph Saad, believe they have pioneered a new form of contempo- rary Australian art, which not only showcases Australian flora in a unique and accurate form, but is perhaps the most original and sustainable, eco friend- ly art form today. They make use of recycled products purchased from organisations that are revegetating degraded land to reduce carbon emissions, fight salin- ity and provide habitat for wildlife. The exhibition will be on display in the Visitor Centre until Sunday 21 February and selected works will be on sale through the Gardens shop. Sunset Jazz will return to Mount Tomah Botanic Garden on Saturday 6 February. A celebration of local jazz and wines, guests may drink in the panoramic mountain views under the setting sun at Restaurant Tomah whilst enjoying a sumptuous seven course meal. The accompaniment of Tara Maher's soulful voice will add to the peaceful ambience of the evening. Tickets are priced at $125 and places are lim- ited so bookings are essential. To reserve your ticket or for more information, please call (02) 4567 3019. For harried parents in the Summer school holidays, bring the children to Mount Tomah Botanic Garden and take advantage of the Summer's new adventure quest, Fantastic Fossils and Dinosaur Feet. This self- guided family activity, coupled with a picnic or BBQ lunch from our free electric BBQs makes for a fun- filled family day out. Alternatively, book your kids into a school holiday workshop for a more structured chil- dren's activity. Workshop places are limited and book- ings are essential. Sneak a brief glimpse of the Carnivorous Plant Fair -- Plants with Bite! which commences as Summer draws to a close. A large array of carnivorous plants will be on show for one week from 27 February. Learn how these intriguing plants have adapted to nutrient defi- cient environments by feeding on meat. The visitor centre will house a spectacular carnivorous plant dis- play with rare plants for sale and information sessions scheduled for 11am and 2pm each Saturday and Sunday during the fair. Discover the botanical wonders of the Garden's collec- tion with a volunteer guided tour at 11.30am or visit the Gardens Shop for botanically inspired gifts from local artists. For enquiries or bookings for Summer activities at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, visit www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au or www.mounttomahbotanicgarden.com.au or phone (02) 4567 2154. www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au summer 2009-10 6