Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Autumn in Your Gardens at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah sits on a basalt peak 1000 metres above sea level in the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains. The Garden is the highest botanic garden in Australia and is home to thousands of species of cool climate plants.

Autumn is one of the most popular times of year to visit the Garden as autumnal tones of oranges, reds, yellows and browns create a vibrant and breath-taking landscape. Visitors can enjoy the turning leaves of the Garden’s maples, as well as viburnum, beriberis, cotoneaster and proteas. The display of colour is very pretty and not to be missed.

Throughout autumn the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust's three month festival Autumn in Your Gardens celebrates gardens and plants as inspiration for the arts and conservation. As the autumn leaves start falling, the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney; the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah all come alive with over 50 separate events.

This autumn we host a delightful new exhibition, The Breathing Conifer by Phillippa Carnemolla. Phillippa was the 2012 Artist in Residence for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, where she embarked upon a journey exploring geometry and patterns in plants, and the interdependence of flora and fauna in the Garden. The centrepiece of Phillippa’s residency, The Breathing Conifer is based on the geometry of cycads and conifers. The Breathing Conifer is a hanging copper sculpture that pulses with a gentle heart beat. Reminiscent of plant, seed, insect and heart, this sculpture comments on the universality of life, the interdependence of plant and animal and the beauty in natural rhythm. Complementing this remarkable centrepiece is some of Phillippa’s jewellery created from 22k gold, sterling silver, diamonds, topaz and other precious gemstones. Phillippa will also be running a workshop on Saturday 17 May where participants can create some unique pieces based on the geometry and patterns in plants.

Lovers of local produce and crafts shouldn't miss TomahROMA, the annual autumn food and wine fair at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden on Saturday 3 May from 9 am - 4 pm. This year TomahROMA launches a new Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon event: the Autumn Sustainable Food Festival.

The Garden is hosting around 30 stallholders from the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury regions. Fresh juice and cider from local Bilpin apples, wine from Mudgee, locally grown fruit and veggies, and plants propagated by the Growing Friends, volunteers at the Garden: just a small taste of the variety of lovingly made regional produce visitors will be able to sample and buy. Coffee and hot food stalls add to a lively vibe and fun day out for all. Perfect for finding a unique gift!

Discover the many horticultural delights within the 252 hectare grounds on a free guided tour departing regularly from the Visitor Centre. Run by volunteer guides, the tours will focus on the seasonal autumn highlights of the Garden.

The fair will be set against the bright autumnal colours of the turning Garden, which in itself attracts thousands of visitors throughout autumn. This is the best time to see the garden in its annual blaze of colour, which is a sight not to be missed. TomahROMA has built a strong following with food and garden lovers alike and is now in its 11th year!

Autumn in Your Gardens festival - Blue Mountains Botanic Garden program

Blue Mountains Garden Safari

Embark on an autumn adventure! X marks the spots to enjoy fun hands-on activities and discover amazing plants from around the world. For children aged 5-12 years.

When: All autumn, 9.30 am-5 pm
Where: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. Collect your Garden Safari kit from the Visitor Information Desk
Cost: $5 per kit.

The Breathing Conifer - Exhibition by Phillippa Carnemolla

When: Saturday 15 March - Sunday 25 May, 9.30 am - 5 pm
Where: Visitor Centre
Cost: Free

Exhibition Artist Workshop with Phillippa Carnemolla

When: Saturday 17 May, 10 am - 3 pm.
Where: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
Cost: $95 includes morning and afternoon tea.
Bookings essential: Phone 9231 8182 or email foundation.friends@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au or click here to book online.

TomahROMA - autumn food and wine fair

When: Saturday 3 May, 9 am - 4 pm
Where: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
Cost: Free entry
Enquiries: 4567 3000
Information and online bookings: click here.

This year TomahROMA is the launch event for an exciting new annual regional event supported by Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism: the Autumn Sustainable Food Festival will include major events and a range of smaller activities across the region.

Contact details

Call: 02 4567 3000
Email: tomah@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au Find us on Facebook
www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
Entry to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah is free.

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Growing-Friends

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Eastern Yellow Robin, photo: Carol Proberts

TomahROMA

TomahROMA

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