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by Linda Moon (subscribe)
... a dreamer, massage therapist, naturopath, freelance writer, mother & drop-out social work student living, working and writing in the Blue Mountains. When not occupied with the real world, she writes fantasy.
Published August 30th 2013
The blossom hit-list
Must See Blooms
Springtime gardens in Leura, Blue Mountains
Springtime garden in Leura, Blue Mountains

Few sights compare with a drift of sparkling bulbs after the dour months of winter. As the cold starts to thaw, it's time to start planning picnics and walks amongst blue hyacinths, bold tulips, dainty daffodils, glittering azaleas, and cherry trees humming with bees and busting with spring-time magic. Considering that spring's joyful spark is as brief as it is intense, a bit of forward planning and research should land you in the right place at the right time.

For blossom aficionados, below are some of NSW's best venues to partake of springs fragrant and ethereal offerings.

This springtime hit list includes venues close to Sydney as well as options further afield for those prepared to roam the countryside in search of the heart and soul of spring.

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at Cowra Japanese Garden

Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre
Weeping Cherry at Cowra Japanese Garden

When: Saturday 28th September 2013, 10am-4pm
Where: Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, Ken Nakajima Place, Binni Creek Road, Cowra, NSW
Phone: 02 6341 2233
Website: Cowra Garden or Cowra Information Centre

This annual event is well attended and requires bookings. If you are staying overnight, book your accommodation in advance. In its 24th year, the Cherry Blossom Festival features a Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese flower arranging, kite flying, martial arts, and Sumo wrestling displays.

It's also possible to visit the garden at other times. For those wishing to view cherry blossoms in flower, late September to early October is generally recommended, or call the garden and ask if the blossoms are out yet. In later spring, azaleas, camellias and wisteria are in bloom. The garden is open seven days a week, 8.30am-5pm (closed Christmas Day) so it's possible to visit anytime of the year.

The twelve acre Cowra Japanese Garden was designed by world renowned architect Ken Nakajima and is a replica of the first Japanese landscape garden built in Tokyo by the first Shogun Tokugawa in the 16th century A.D. Cowra Japanese Garden is the largest Japanese garden in the Southern Hemisphere.

For ticket prices to the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, click on this link.

For more information, click on this link to the Cowra Tourism site, or go directly to the Cowra Japanese Garden website here for all you need to know.

Batlow Apple Blossom Festival

Batlow Apple Blossom Festival
Batlow Apple Blossom Festival - where the apples come from! Image courtesy of the Visit Batlow tourist website.

When: 19 October 2013
Website: Visit Batlow

Where's Batlow you ask? Ever looked at the label on your apple?
In answer to your question, Batlow is an agricultural town famous for its apples. Located on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, Batlow lies within the shire of Tumut and is an hour's drive (or 112 km) from Wagga Wagga.

The Batlow Apple Blossom Festival is an annual event held on the third weekend of October. This community festival features food, markets, art, photography, live music, demonstrations, and entertainment for the kids. The festival concludes with a fireworks display.

Entry to the festival grounds is by gold coin donation.

For a little bit more information check out the website above or go to this link to send an email enquiry to the festival organisers.

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, Blue Mountains
Drifts of daffodils create magic at Mount Tomah.

Where: Bells Line Of Road via Bilpin, Mount Tomah
Website: Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens
Phone: (02) 4567 3000

Amazingly, this massive 252 hectare botanical garden is free to enter and has grassy spots aplenty just waiting for a picnic blanket.

Roam around the drifts of daffodils and jonquils in late August to early September and enjoy the blossoms of ornamental fruit trees around mid September to mid October. With blue drifts of catnip and a stunning rose and wisteria arbour following that, the spring sights are well spread out.

For lots more information on Mount Tomah see their website link (above) and / or have a browse of my article What Are the Best Public Gardens to Visit in the Blue Mountains? Pictures of the stunning banksia rose arbor can be seen in the latter.

For those who haven't visited before, Mount Tomah is a two hour drive from Sydney via Richmond or a 45 minute drive from Katoomba.

Tulip Time in the Southern Highlands

Tulips
Tulips galore.

When: Tuesday 24 September to Monday 7 October 2013
Where: Corbett Gardens, Corner of Merrigang Street and Bendooley Street, Bowral
Website: Tulip Time website or publication
Phone: (02) 4871 2888

This two week festival provides the chance to see over 60 000 tulips up close and personal at Corbett Garden (though kindly know there is an entry fee), and visit beautiful private gardens in their prime. Partake in a range of activities and events including a street parade and fair, live music, a Bangers sausage cook-off and Breakfast in the Park.

For more details including festival events program and prices, click on the websites above.

Leura Gardens Festival and Leura Village Fair

Leura Village Fair 2012
Leura Village Fair, 2012 - stalls amidst the cherry blossoms.

When: [Leura Gardens Festival] Saturday 5 October to Sunday 13 October 2013, 9.30am to 4.30pm daily.
[The Fair] Saturday 12th (9am-4.30pm) and Sunday 13th October (9am-3.30pm)

Leura Gardens Festival features entry into ten of the best private gardens in Leura including the National Trust operated Everglades garden. On top of that there's plant sales, horticultural talks, music and art. For more information including admission costs, click out the website.

Leura Village Fair occurs in time with the flowering of the cherry blossom on the nature strip of the town's mall and with the Leura Garden Festival.

The Fair is held in the main street of Leura Village and features stalls, food, arts and crafts and street entertainment. For more information go to the Leura Village website.

Leura is located 90 minutes west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains, and is the town immediately prior to Katoomba.

Bathurst Spring Spectacular Garden Weekend

Bathurst Spring Spectacular Garden Weekend
Image courtesy of the Bathurst Spring Spectacular website.

When: 26/27 October 2013. Gardens are open from 9.30am to 5pm both days.
Where: Gardens in various locations within Bathurst.
Website: Bathurst Spring Garden website
Phone: (02) 6331 4117

The weekend provides the opportunity to view both town and country gardens in their spring prime in Bathurst. Tickets can be purchased from the Bathurst Visitors Information Centre.

Bathurst is located three hours drive west of Sydney.

The Spring Walk at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Spring Walk at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Tulip beds light up the Spring Walk at the Royal Botanic Garden, but beware, their beauty is brief.

Where: Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
When: Spring
Website: Royal Botanic Gardens
Cost: The botanic garden is free to enter.

Each spring Sydney's own Royal Botanic Garden in the heart of the city boasts a visual feast of tulips, daffodils, pansies, ornamental fruit trees, flowering may, wisteria, and other spring blossoms. The perfumed display can be found at the Spring Walk. Expect to be surrounded by many others enjoying the blossoms.

The best time to see the Spring Walk in bloom is September to early October, however varying weather conditions can alter that.

For more extensive information including the precise location of the Spring Walk and more pictures, see my article The Spring Walk - Royal Botanic Gardens. Alternatively, click on this link to the Royal Botanic Gardens website.

Hunter Valley Garden - Spring Festival of Flowers, 10th Birthday Weekend, Rose Spectacular

Hunter Valley Garden
Hunter Valley Garden, Pokolbin

When: [Spring Festival of Flowers] 31 Aug - 30 Sept 2013 - 9.00am - 5.00pm
[10th Birthday Weekend] 28 & 29 Sept 2013 - 9.00am - 5.00pm
[Rose Spectacular] 12 October 17 November 2013

Where: 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW
Phone: (02) 4998 4000
Website: Hunter Valley Gardens

Enjoy the sight of over 100 000 blossoming annuals in this inspirational and stunning garden encompassing twenty-five acres and ten feature gardens. This year the spring festival has an oriental theme, with Asian inspired cooking demonstrations, topiaries, floral displays, talks, tours, workshops and more on offer.

If that isn't enough, in the same period the garden is hosting a massive weekend party to celebrate its' tenth birthday. Pay the entry fee and join in for pony, camel and amusement rides, face painting and birthday cake.

For rose-lovers, the Rose Spectacular, featuring a staggering 35,000 rose bushes (56 varieties) in bloom in the 1.5 acre Rose Garden, is a must.

If you haven't been here before, this Winner of Best Significant Tourist Attraction, NSW (2004, 2005, 2006) and Hall of Fame (2007), is worth a visit anytime of the year. It's also well loved by children and the masses in general. Expect mega-crowds in the school holidays.

Check out the informative Hunter Valley Gardens website listed above. It should have all the additional info you need.

Hunter Valley Garden, Pokolbin, Story Book Garden
The Hunter Valley Gardens' Story-Book garden - kid-friendly.
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Why? Experience the beauty of spring before it fades
When: Spring (Sept-Nov)
Where: Gardens across NSW
Cost: Some gardens and festivals have admission fees, while others are free
Your Comment
Wow spring is so beautiful. Are all these places accessible by trains? I will be in Sydney 21-28 sep. Hope i can still view the blossoms.
by nanih (score: 0|8) 316 days ago
The garden in leaura is beautiful. Did u capture that picture?
by Katy Holliday (score: 2|833) 331 days ago
Great selection of gardens. I don't think I've ever seen a door mouse that looked so alert!
by Bryony Harrison (score: 3|6832) 332 days ago
The Australian Garden Show Sydney will held from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 September 2013 and will be set in the stunning surrounds of Sydney's Centennial Park, which will herald the start of the floral and garden shows that take place each year throughout NSW. It's a must see event for everyone from experienced gardeners, landscapers and designers as well as novices, children, and families.

The Australian Garden Show Sydney will include a series of talks and workshops with highly respected international and national gardening experts that will attract both The spring timing provides nurseries, display gardeners, retailers and visitors with the ultimate showcase that will rival the world for its display of rare and amazing horticulture, from intimate flowering blooms to towering landscape designs.

The show will feature a grand floral pavilion, retail displays and a potting tent for children. By night the area will transform into a lounge bar, creating the perfect meeting place in charming surrounds.
Tickets available from Ticketek. Open 10am - 10pm
Take Bus #378 from Central. Main access from the Paddington Gate.
by rosly (score: 0|2) 328 days ago
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