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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2010
As temperatures cool and the garden transcends from the raucous colours of Autumn to the whispering hush of Winter, deciduous leaves vanish to reveal the naked core of those usually so modest and demure. Many of the evergreen conifers shift colour in response to lower temperatures: grey to blue-grey; dark-green to copper-green; yellowy-orange to vibrant gold. The Heath and Heather Garden offers texture and the African plants of our Rock Garden, proteas and leucodendrons, put on their grand performance. The views are most spectacular throughout the Winter months with the cleanest mountain air! Enjoy the spectacular features of Winter set against the glorious panorama of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Visitors may delight in the Winter wonderland found at Mount Tomah with a number of activities planned to make the most of your visit to the garden. Families may take advantage of Willy wombat & the Aussie Animal Adventure treasure quest. This self- guided activity of about 45 minutes takes families on an adventure through the garden to find out about the lives of Willy Wombat and his amazing friends. Alternatively, parents may enrol their children in one of our workshops. The Wizard's School of Magic offers an hour and a half of magical craft and fun activities. Children will enjoy creating their own magical wand or hat before embarking upon a magical treasure quest through the garden and finally bouncing their demons away on the Magic Dragon jumping castle (weather permitting). For further fun, visitors could travel on to the Wizard's Express at the Zig Zag Railway. Also on offer for families is the Bush Musicians workshop where you can make your own instruments from bush and recycled objects and then perform with your friends. A number of full and part day adult workshops have also been devised, which include Paper Pulp Sculpture and Orchid Penjing with Tony Lennon; and a two day botanical illustration workshop Daffodil Delights with Marion Westmacott. Education staff are offering Among The Gum Trees -- a guided morning exploration of the Garden with an informative session on the unique story of the Eucalypt, with its history, identification and various uses. Restaurant Tomah is staging a Christmas in July cele- bration with Yulefest which is to include an evening of fine food and entertainment. As Winter ebbs and slow- ly crawls towards Spring, visitors may like to partici- pate in Daffodil Day at Mount Tomah in supporting the Cancer Council. Come and enjoy a field full of daf- fodils, have a picnic, take photos or simply lie amongst the colour with someone special. For more details on any of the events on offer at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden visit www.mounttomah- botanicgarden.com.au. A Winter Wonderland... www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au winter 2010 6