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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2011
Brighten up Winter at the Botanic Garden www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au winter 2011 6 A visit to The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah is a must in any season. In this beautiful botanic garden, plants not suited to Sydney's warmer climate thrive in the cooler mountain air, 1,000 metres above sea level. The garden's extensive collection includes over 35,000 plants with many rare and unusual varieties, including the famous local Wollemi Pine Wollemia nobilis. During Winter, the garden is ablaze with colour; in June the pro- teas, camellias, grape hyacinths, fragrant pink Luculia gratissima and winter sweet Chimonanthus praecox, are out in force. A visit in July will reveal the architectural form of the gar- den as the deciduous trees show off their textured bark and early 'Spring' bulbs start to appear, such as paper- white Narcissus papyraceus, three species of the Lenten rose (Hellebous orientalis., H. orientalis subsp. orientalis, H. orientalis subsp. abchasicus, H. orientalis subsp. gutta- tus) and blue bells Hyacinth-oides non-scripta. Beating the official start to Spring, see the fantastic collection of daffodils (Narcissus sp) with over 100 cultivars on show as they form a golden carpet across the Brunet Meadow in August. See also the exquisite mountain waratah with its sprays of red flowers, Telopea oreades, amongst its African cousins such as Protea neriifolia. Explore the Blue Mountains wilderness on a guided tour outside, or inside at the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition Centre. Stroll through temperate rain- forest on the Lady Nancy Fairfax Jungle Walk. There are suggested walks of half an hour to all day with something to suit everyone. Treat yourself (or someone else!) to a gift that's a bit dif- ferent at The Garden Shop. Here you can find botanic art- work and unique crafts by local artists as well as a large range of horticultural and botanical books. Relax and enjoy the panoramic view across the Garden to the Blue Mountains wilderness at the restaurant; picnic at one of the many scenic spots in the garden or cook up a feast on one of the free BBQs. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden also offers The Jungle Lodge for a seclud- ed stay, weddings and community workshops and school holiday fun for the kids. Winter events: Venture into the temperate rainforest and make your own rainforest terrarium to take home at the Exploring Rainforests workshop. Saturday 9 July 10.30am -12.30pm $25; Learn all about plants at our Aussie Botany for Beginners workshop. Saturday 20 August 10.30am - 12.30pm $25. Kids school holiday events: Papier Mache mayhem at the Gooey Gooey cards workshop, Thursday 7 July 10.30am - 12.30pm, $15; Make your own instrument at the Music on the Mountain workshop: Thursday 14 July 10.30am - 12.30pm $15; Become a Junior Botanist and discover that every plant has a story: Wednesday 5 October 10.30am - 12.30pm $15. All prices include materials. Bookings for workshops are essential call 4567 3015/3000 Call for more information: Garden 4567 3000. Restaurant bookings: 4567 2060. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org