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Blue Mountains Botanic Garden 30th Birthday Celebrations

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by Sue Hinchey (subscribe)
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The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah is a unique and very special place. Roughly a 90-minute drive west of Sydney, it sits 1000 metres above sea-level and is home to over 21,000 species of cool-climate plants. Managed by the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust, it is the only Botanic Garden situated in a World Heritage area. Make your first stop the Interpretive Centre and learn why World Heritage status was achieved. Then wander the tiered hillside, enjoying infinite views over the Greater Blue Mountains, stand amongst gigantic Californian Redwoods, stare at stunning rhododendrons and pause at the array of giant Protea. Rock and water gardens attract lizards and water-dragons, then relax on the sprawling lawn amongst the Wollemi pines and ponder. During the month of November, they celebrate thirty years.

This weekend, 18 November, 2017, 10.30 - 1.30pm, in the Waratah Education Room, THE BUZZ ON NATIVE BEES is part of their month-long birthday celebrations. Megan Halcroft PhD is on-hand to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the solitary lives of our most precious natural resource - native bees. As pollinators, they are essential for the continued life of the planet's flora. Around 200 species live in Sydney and the surrounding countryside, so come along and learn what you can do to attract them to your garden. Bookings are essential for this workshop. Cost is $25. For more information,

1 - 30 November the BOTANICA & BIRDLIFE exhibition will feature depictions of the flora and fauna of the Blue Mountains region in many art-forms. Various sites around the garden will display the works of Blue Mountains artists and how they use floral artistry, woven objects, feathers and natural materials.
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Why? Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens
Phone: 02 4567 3000
Where: Mt Tomah NSW
Cost: Free entry
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