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Autumn colour in the mountains, Saturday 2 May 2020
This one day visit will take us to two places replete with autumn colour – weather permitting!
The first stop will be the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah, Bell’s Line of Road. While about a quarter of this 28 HA garden was burnt in the recent fires, there is still plenty to see. The garden is a showcase of local and imported cool climate plants and alpine rainforest. It takes about an hour and 20 mins from Lindfield by car and we will encourage carpooling to save the planet. We should aim to get to the garden by 9am to allow plenty of time to wander.
A highlight of the visit to the gardens will be a presentation by Greg Bourke, the Curator/Manager of the garden, who is also an expert on carnivorous plants and photographing them. He will give us a presentation at 11am on these plants, highlighting his brilliant macro photography. https://www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/visit, https://www.instagram.com/greg.bourke/?hl=en.
After lunch at the garden, we will travel to Mount Wilson (20 mins), and visit several gardens (to be confirmed) but may include Windyridge and/or Bebeah, both stunning gardens.
Windyride (https://www.facebook.com/windyridgegarden/) is a small garden, packed with beautifully landscaped gardens of cool climate plants, water features and sculpture.
Bebeah (https://www.myopengarden.com.au/openGarden.jsp?id=1568) sprawls over 5 HA with the precise geometry of tightly clipped hedges of azaleas, camellias and box. There are entry fees to these gardens being $10 and $8 respectively.
People may elect to stay in the area overnight if they wish, to get up early for the morning sun through the autumn leaves. Alternatively, the trip back to Sydney will take about 1 ¾ hours.