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Wild About Waratahs Festival 2014

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The mountains come alive with stunning blooms
If you love flower festivals and gardens, then take a beautiful country drive along Bells Line of Road this spring to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah for their Wild About Waratahs Festival.

Wild About Waratahs Festival
Centre waratah courtesy of

Our state flower emblem will be in full bloom, growing naturally in the sandy patches of this garden and World Heritage listed area. A vibrant program of events will celebrate and hope to inspire a love of these flowers in the wild. There is a blooms competition with commercial waratah growers competing for the Champion Bloom title which will be judged in the Visitor Centre on the first day of this week long festival. Other highlights include guided 'Waratah Wanders' and Gadara Wildflowers Farm Open Day on 28th September where you can see the rare white waratah and buy cut blooms. This farm is also on Bells Line of Road, located at Berambing only 3kms away from the gardens. Children are not forgotten either with a 'Mystery of the Muncher' activity quest and prizes to be won.

You can enter a photography competition on Instagram and Facebook by posting your favourite waratah-inspired pic with the tag #wildaboutwaratahs. The prize is a beautiful waratah plant.

This beautiful red flower is amongst many other flowers and plants on display in the various feature gardens. I recently took a trip to the Daffodil Festival they had and did a 1hr walk with our knowledgeable guide Susan, learning many facts and hearing some interesting stories. It was an easy walk with plenty of stops and very invigorating. Love the fresh country air.

daffodils at Mt Tomah

Expect to see plenty of colour with rhododendrons, bluebells, proteas, camellias and tulips all in flower. There are plenty of great views too, looking out from the gardens and the Visitor Centre with its open balcony.

Gardens at Mt Tomah

A shop is available at the site selling a variety of items, including plants and seedlings, garden tools, books and art. Everything a gardener wants.

No tacky souvenirs here.

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Good facilities, a restaurant and kiosk, rounds out a perfect day in the mountains and it is only an hour and a half to this spectacular cool climate garden from central Sydney. Open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm, except Christmas Day. Oh and free entry makes it even better.
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Why? For beauty and garden lovers
When: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Phone: 02 4567 3000
Where: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Cost: Free
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