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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2010-2011
It's Summer at the 'Coolest Botanic Garden'. With lots of new things to experience, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden is still a place of exquisite beauty. Situated on a basalt mountain top with panoramic views over the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Summer is a special time at Mount Tomah. There are so many things to see and do. You can pic- nic under the shade of Australia's finest collections of deciduous trees; wander through the World Heritage exhibition centre and view a fantastic photographic journey through the seven National Parks and Jenolan Caves by photographer Jaime Plaza. Enjoy a cool drink or coffee in the garden's classic Australian Restaurant, and then take a walk through the new Summer garden displays. Meander through the Formal Garden and enjoy the riot of colour in herbaceous perennial bor- ders, then descend into the cool shade of the Plant Explorers Walk. See Rhododendron maddenii subsp. crassum with its white scented trumpet like flowers or visit the Rock Garden and marvel at the two metre tall amazing blue flowered spikes on a giant member of the pineapple family, Puya berteroniana. Come on out over the School holidays and enjoy the new kids' orienteering Quest -- Zany Ants, or join horti- culturist Eric Brocken in a hands-on learning experience -- Growing your own Vegetables. Take the time to picnic in the new Laughing Children's Garden, Gwuulya Garri Dilya, where the fun is freeing the imagination by climbing, exploring, squeezing under the beautiful new sculpture POD POD or just searching for 14 rare plants and animals engraved in the surface. As Christmas approaches, unwind in the gardens and do your conservation inspired Christmas shopping. Get a limited addition Jenny Kee Scarf, celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity by giving from the new range of World Heritage Tee shirts, or get your Australian Christmas tree, the Wollemi Pine. In January, try Mount Tomah's holiday program for kids or take a Penjing workshop and create your own orchid sculpture. February brings Jazz back to Tomah. You can dine in the restaurant while watching the sun set over Wollemi National Park to the soulful sound of Tara Maher. For the plant lover, visit the famous Plants with Bite exhibition as Summer comes to an end in February, or get tickets for the Jazz in Garden in March. Summer at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden has some- thing for all ages. You will leave with your spirit refreshed from your visit to the 'Coolest Botanic Garden' -- Mount Tomah on Bells Line of Road. For all activities bookings and enquiries, phone (02) 4567 3000 or visit www.mounttomahbotanicgarden.com.au. www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au summer 2010-11 6 Our 'Coolest Botanic Garden'