Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Our Blue mountains excursion to Mt Tomah – Botanic gardens was popular with 30 members and friends participating. After stopping for a comfort break and morning tea at a café in Richmond we arrived at Mt Tomah Botanic Garden at 11.30am. What a contrast to OFF’s last visit here in June 2008 when the fog and mist surrounded us. The low visibility created its own special magic on that cold day as we made our way through the garden. This time however, a perfect spring day greeted us, with the sun shining on a wonderful vista over the garden to the blue mountains in the distance.

On arrival it was agreed that we would all go our separate ways and that the bus would leave at 2pm. for the return journey. The party separated into various small groups which headed off in different directions, consequently there were varied experiences throughout the day. We all enjoyed the wonderful waratahs which were at their best as were the rhododendrons. It was very difficult to come up with favourite garden sections as the area is wonderfully diverse owing to its former use and subsequent development.From 1935 to 1972 (when it was gifted to the Botanic Gardens Trust), the property was operated as a cut-flower farm as well as a private garden which was planted with many unusual species of plants and trees from many parts of the world. In 1983 with government bicentennial grants the garden began its transformation into the Mt Tomah Botanical Garden. The highly managed environment adjacent to natural wilderness proved to be a challenge. The collection of trees already planted was added to with an emphasis on Southern Hemisphere plants which had not previously been grown in Australia, along with additional plantings of many Australian Native species – hence the amazing diversity.

Thanks to Graham Fry for arranging the day and driving the bus without which some members would not have been able to attend. Those of us who had visited ten years earlier noticed how the plants have matured and multiplied. A perfect day enjoyed by all! (report by Robin Dickson)

We were amazed by the Sureal Puya flowers and spectacular show of the pink Flamingo tree.

The North American woodland walk and Gondwana forest with a grove of Wollemi Pines provided shade on a very warm spring day. 



The Rock garden with South African Protea and South American bromliads were stunning displays.


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