The highest Botanic Garden in Australia is getting dressed up in the garlands of early Spring this August. Located on Mount Tomah, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden will delight local garden enthusiasts and international visitors with 'all things daffodil' from 16 to 24 August.
Photo courtesy of Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
There is a long daffodils cultivation history at the Garden where the original owners, Alfred and Effie Brunet grew cut flowers from 1934 to 1968. Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus which is a large group of bulbous plants containing over 50 species. The most familiar with strong perfume are the Jonquils. One of the most beautifully scented and latest flowering daffodil is the Narcissus poeticus.
Over the past few years, the Garden's horticulturists have added more daffodils to the landscape. As part of the Daffodil Festival at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, visitors can enjoy over 65 daffodil cultivars.
The ideal growing conditions in the area will transform the Garden into a sea of golden hues as additional plantings of daffodils bloom. With no admission fees, this is a FREE opportunity to bring family and friends and admire the flowers, take some photos, enjoy a picnic and brush away the winter chills in Sydney. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden will also be hosting 2 special activities during the Daffodil Festival.
19 August - Senior Horticulturist Mat Murray will be leading a guided walk where you can discover the delightful daffodils on display at the Garden. You can choose to join the session from 10.30am to 11.30am or 1.30pm to 2.30pm at just $10 per person ($9 Foundation and Friends Members). Children under 12 years are free when accompanied by an adult. The meeting point is the Visitor Centre.
21 August - Horticulturist Penelope White will share with you the secrets to daffodil bulb growing success. You will learn about general cultivation and care tips for growing both spring and summer flowering bulbs with a hands on propagation workshop. The session is from 10.30 am to 12.30pm and costs $20 per person including morning tea and all materials. ($18 Foundation and Friends Members) The venue is the Waratah Education Centre. A map from the Visitor Centre will show you where to find the venue.
Places are limited for both events and bookings essential by phone: 9231 8182 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or online. The annual Daffodil Festival which celebrates the beautiful yellow flower also supports the Cancer Council's Daffodil Day. Cancer Council merchandise will be available for sale at the Garden.