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Image courtesy of David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Bloomin’ Beauties

Spring is in the air, so shake off the winter blues and celebrate the warmer weather wandering amongst some of the Blue Mountains most beautiful gardens!  The Mountains come alive during Spring, with many floral and native displays to heighten your senses.  We happily recommend the following to get you started…

Everglades is a National Trust property with a residence and garden renowned for their beauty and historic importance. Situated in Leura, (the Mountains’ aptly nicknamed “Garden Village”) Everglades is open year round and boasts 12.5 acres of European-style gardens, native Australian bush and breathtaking views over the Jamison Valley.  Established in the 1930s, Everglades was designed and built as a weekend retreat and has become a favourite for garden and history lovers as a unique endeavour of its time, comparable to the most celebrated examples of contemporaneous European and English garden design.

Love daffodils? Get yourself to Rydal, a tiny rural village around an hour from Katoomba. A highlight each year is Daffodils at Rydal, an annual event held over the 2nd and 3rd weekend of September. Rydal was named after the English village which was home for many years to the poet William Wordsworth, famous for his poem The Daffodils. To celebrate the arrival of Spring, thousands of daffodils are planted in the parks and gardens of the village resulting in swathes of blooms.

Willing to travel a little further? Mayfield Garden, at Oberon is one of the largest privately-owned, cool climate gardens in the world.  Open to the public only on weekends during Spring and Autumn, this spectacular garden is set on over 160 acres and includes a maze, oak forest, walled potager (kitchen garden) and 80 metre cascade tumbling down the hillside.  Also coming this Spring, a water garden with children’s discovery area which is sure to delight the little garden lovers!

Lastly, no garden lovers’ trip to the Blue Mountains would be complete without a visit to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.  Australia’s premier cool climate botanic garden, Mount Tomah has sweeping views over the region from its fabulous vantage point 1000 metres above sea level.  With over 40,000 native, exotic and rare plants, the garden covers nearly 70 acres and makes for a delightful day out!  This year, the Garden is participating in the Festival of Walking, an event organised to celebrate the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage region, and invites you to pull your boots on and get some fresh air in our backyard!

Don’t forget to stick around for the Leura Gardens Festival, held from the 5th – 13th of October when some of the loveliest private gardens of the Blue Mountains will be open to the public.  The festival is a registered charity and raises funds for the Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital. The Festival also presents a two day programme of horticultural related talks and demonstrations by well known and noted gardening experts.

For more information on open gardens in the Blue Mountains, check out the Spring edition of the Blue Mountains Tourist, or download the Blue Mountains Australia smartphone app.

 

Image courtesy David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism 

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