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Autumn in Your Gardens at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
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 60 separate events.
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 home to thousands of species of cool climate and southern hemisphere 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.
This year the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is hosting a full program of events to celebrate Autumn in Your Gardens. We kick off with the ever popular and educational ‘Plants With Bite!’ festival in conjunction with the Australasian Carnivorous Plant Society. A celebration of carnivorous plants, Plants With Bite! is in its ninth year and includes film screenings, informative talks, carnivorous plant displays and sales, and carnivorous fun for kids. Welcome to the insect’s nightmare as a simple foraging expedition becomes a fight for survival! Once the hapless insect comes into contact with the sticky leaves or mouth-shaped trap of the carnivorous plant, their fate is often sealed.
Falsely perceived by many as valueless, swamps and wetlands are under threat from urban development. The Australian Conservation Agency estimates over 50 per cent of Australia’s wetlands has been lost. Through displays like the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden’s Bog Garden and events such as 'Plants with Bite!', visitors can experience the unique ecology of swamps and thereby develop an appreciation for ensuring their ongoing existence.
Following on from the success of FourPlay last year, our annual outdoor concert ‘Garden Grooves’ this autumn headlines The Crooked Fiddle Band. Intertwining folk traditions with modern evolutions this Sydney-based acoustic four-piece (double-bass, violin, drums and guitar/bouzouki) spurs the dance floor into a post-apocalyptic hoe down. Following some mammoth tours of European and UK festivals, The Crooked Fiddle Band return to our shores with new tunes written besides fjords and lakes in Finland and Norway. The wild settings gave the band's already ecstatic and twisted high-energy tunes an expansive cinematic edge. From whirling dances to intense battle-scene climaxes, their music has been described by Brian Eno as '...completely surprising: the music is original and quixotic, and yet has the strength of some deep and strong roots. I can't say I've ever heard anything else like it!' Don’t miss The Crooked Fiddle Band on Saturday 23 March. Tickets only $25. Book online at www.yourgardens.com.au
Autumn will also see a delightful new exhibition of Barbi Lock Lee’s celebrated ceramics, featuring native birds and delicate designs. Themed around Afternoon tea at the Garden, Barbi’s works will feature cake stands, milk jugs and traditional teaware with a vintage twist for the discerning Devonshire tea enthusiast.
And don’t miss the autumn food and wine fair TomahROMA which attracted record numbers last year! Enjoy fresh local produce and crafts whilst reducing food miles. This year there is a special theatrical treat with an environmental message that young children will love… ‘Tree Tales’ will be performed by the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company with two interactive performances where the children will become trees and gain an insight into the importance of trees to our environment.
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Saturday 2 March - Sunday 10 March
Saturday 23 March
Saturday 16 March - Sunday 19 May
Saturday 27 April
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