News – 30th September 2013

The time has come again when the peak flowering time for the Rhododendrons and other exotics are just about here. As with many other areas in Australia, the weather, especially during the very warm, dry spell we have experienced here in the Blue Mountains, has brought on the flowering season earlier than in the last few years. It also appears that we will experience the best display in the Gardens for many years.

The Lodge in the Gardens will be opening next Friday, the 4th October, and then be open every day until Sunday 10th November for our special Devonshire Teas. In addition there will be a range of souvenirs available for purchase. Once again we have for sale our very own Calendar for next year, containing many photos of the Gardens being shown in all their glory throughout the year. The price of these calendars is still a very reasonable $8 each.

You may know that 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the first crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813 by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. To mark this event, the Garden Clubs of Australia, Blue Mountains Zone, has arranged for a special commemorative plant to be propogated and is now available for sale at the Gardens. The plant is a native Everlasting Daisy, named “Explorers’ Triumph”, with a very large and spectacular yellow flower and attractive green/silvery foliage. It is very compact and flowers for most of the year, and is suitable for growing in many areas of New South Wales including the Blue Mountains. All this for only $10!

In addition to the range of 3 to 4 year year old rhododendrons and mollis azaleas that will be on sale, we also have a number of special Kalmias (Mountain Laurels) for sale. These are so new that they are not available in the commercial nurseries at present.

So – why not come for a trip up to the top of the Blue Mountains and enjoy the fresh air and (hopefully) cooler climate that is a typical Blackheath Spring. We look forward to welcoming you here.