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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2008
Leura Gardens Festival In Spring, the Blue Mountains turn on a display that attracts visitors from all over Australia and many other parts of the world. It isn’t only the magnificent array of ‘natives’ they come to see – but also introduced species that have made the Mountains home... One of the highlights of the season is the Leura Gardens Festival, held from October 4- 12. In all, nine gardens are open to visitors. The Festival is a major contributor to tourism in and also to the local economy. Without the dedication of more than 300 volunteers it would not be the success it is. All funds raised go to the Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital. This year the Festival aims to surpass the $92,000 raised in 2007. There are three ‘new’ gardens in the Festival’s line-up for 2008: Tanglewood – a cottage garden delight with a backdrop of Waratahs and abundant bird life. Wai-ila – named after the indigenous word for the impressive yellow-tailed black mountain cockatoo that feeds on the garden’s many banksias in summer. Soleby – which has undergone a complete change in the last year and presents challenging concepts in revitalising a garden. Everglades, the National Trust property, has rejoined the Festival, rendering a superb finish to the gardens presented this year. A number of innovations have been introduced into the Festival program to ensure a thoroughly enjoyable visit. These include members of the Society of Mountain Artists painting garden scenes on site and displaying their artwork for interest and sale in the Everglades Gallery. There will also be musical performances by groups and soloists on the tennis court of Garden No 1 (Shenstone) every day of the Festival. Tickets A nine garden entry ticket costs $18 and is valid for the duration of the Festival. It includes a 40-page coloured brochure with map and admission to the lunch time musical performances. Single garden tickets will be available for $5 at the gate of the garden you wish to visit. A shuttle bus service will operate every 20 minutes between gardens. to train arrivals and departures from Leura railway station and costs $5 a day. The Leura Village Fair will be a feature of the last weekend of the Festival on the 11th and 12th of October. The gardens will be open from 9.30am till 4.30pm each day. Further information can be found at www.leuragardensfestival.com.au; emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; by calling telephone (02) 4757 2539 or 0431 095 279. 12 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au spring 2008 It is co-ordinated