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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2008
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, magno- lias 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 20 September until Sunday 5 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. 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 27 September. Learn the tricks of the trade at the local farm “Gadara 4 close of the exhibition on Thursday 18 December. Catering for a range of budgets, Meryl Bell’s exhibition is the perfect opportunity to combine a visit to Mount Tomah with some early Christmas shopping with a botanical difference. Why not try your hand at botanical illustrating with the two day workshop to be held at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden with respected local illustrator, Barbara Duckworth? During the Spring Explosion! workshop scheduled for Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November, Barbara will explore the colour bursts of spring reds, yellows and oranges, giving you the opportunity to dis- cover and develop your illustrative skills. Places are lim- ited, so bookings are essential. Wildflowers” when hosts Frank and Ros Allatt open their farm to the public on Sunday 28 September from 10.30am to 3.00pm. On 18 October, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden welcomes an exhibition of the works of outstanding botanical illustrator, Meryl Bell. Working in oils, Meryl uses tech- niques of seventeenth century Dutch floral artists to cre- ate pieces of brilliant colour and tactile appeal with incredible botanical accuracy. Through her work, Meryl communicates a sense of mystery and discovery that she finds in the natural environment. “If my paintings make people stop for a moment to look, enjoy and wonder then I will have succeeded.” The Gardens Shop at Mount Tomah carries a wide range of products featuring her exquisite art and will show- case these products from Saturday 18 October to the www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au Children will love the Devouring Dinosaurs & Monstrous Muttaburrasaurus Adventure Quest due at the Garden at the commencement of spring. This self-guided family 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 hol- idays with Dinosaur Dioramas and Gumnut Monster Worlds to be held on Thursday 2 and Wednesday 8 October. During this school holiday activity, children can create their own plant monster-piece out of a diverse array of plant materials from the Garden. Again, places are limited, so 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 spring 2008