Firstly it puts Leura on the tourism map and draws traffic to the town and shops.
Secondly it brings the local community together including a voluntary organising committee, nearly 200 volunteers and garden owners who all work to ensure the success of the Festival
Thirdly, it opens otherwise unavailable privately owned gardens to public viewing and enjoyment, and creates an opportunity for visitors to interact with garden owners, all of whom share a common love for planting.
To top it all off, all monies collected provide funds for patient care and medical equipment at the Blue Mountains District Memorial Hospital, and have been doing so since 1965.
11 gardens located within the streets of Leura will be open to the public until 7 October where visitors can see cool climate flowering plants and trees including azaleas, camellias, tulips, lilacs, Japanese cherries, rhododendrons and dogwoods. The gardens include the large National Trust property 'Everglades', Noel Roscoe Family's orchard-inspired garden 'Shenstone', Claudia Fisk's 80 year old 'Rustlings', Park-like 'Barbourne' of the Fogarty Family, the 'Tandella', 'Illion', 'Tanglewood', 'Davaar', 'Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort', Mrs. B Heuer's 'Elouera' originally created from virgin bush, and a Sorensen garden 'Blue Mist'. Visitors can chat with garden owners who are mostly available to discuss ideas for modeling gardens.
The Fairmont Resort will host a series of gardening-related talks and demonstrations on October 3 and 4 featuring gardening author Judy Horton and Royal Botanic Gardens' Professor David Mabberley as part of its 'Under the Marquee' event. Entry is AUD2 for existing gardens ticketholders or AUD5 per session.
To help visitors get around the various gardens, a trolley shuttle will run between the Leura railway station to all the gardens on a hop on/hop off basis at AUD5 for an all-day ticket. The Leura Gardens Festival open from 9.30am to 4.30pm from September 29 to October 7 and tickets are AUD20 for all gardens or AUD5 for single gardens.