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Events and festivals at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
Whatever the weather don't miss the new Botanists Way Discovery Centre at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Head downstairs in the Visitor Centre to explore the fascinating history of the northern Blue Mountains: tales of daring and discovery, botany, canyons and of the traditional custodians, the Darug.Botanists Way Discovery Centre Event Details »
Hire an iPod Touch in the Visitor Centre and choose a self-guided digital audio tour in the Garden. Two to choose from...
Enter our photography competition on Instagram and Facebook!Instagram and Facebook photo comp! Event Details »
Take a spring stroll to the six trail stops to discover some weird and amazing plants and the mini-worlds they live in. Answer the quiz questions to solve the puzzle and win a prize!Living Worlds Event Details »
Join Lanny Mackenzie in a comprehensive weaving workshop, incorporating:
* discussion of natural grasses and other suitable weaving materials from nature
* preparation and drying techniques
* starting a basket, different stitches
* advancing to free-form - random weaving
* discussion of sculptural shapes and embellishments
Waratahs and other native wildflowers are a boon for wildlife in our gardens. There is a huge variety of native plants that make beautiful garden subjects as well as being specifically adapted to help birds and other wildlife flourish.
Wildlife and botanical artist Fiona Lumsden brings these elements together in her paintings to showcase a small sampling of what is possible to see in our local bush or bushy gardens.
Our most popular festival celebrates the waratah and will inspire a love of waratahs in the wild. This year’s Wild About Waratahs Festival includes a new floral garden display as well as the state-wide waratah bloom competition, NPWS guided walk, local waratah farm open day, waratah photography competition and plant sales. Sponsored by Proteaflora and East Coast Wildflowers. Coordinated in partnership with the Wildflower Industry Network NSW Inc.Wild About Waratahs Festival Event Details »
Join Lanny Mackenzie to build on the skills and techniques learnt in her first stage weaving workshop. Learn some new stitches such as lazy squaw, Spanish mariposa, spiral and glove stitch along with different handle options. You can also try your hand at random weaving by making a bird’s nest structure.Weaving Workshop - Stage 2 with Lanny Mackenzie Event Details »
Join us for a Horticulturist guided walk discovering the magnificent waratah collection on display at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.Waratah Wander Event Details »
This easy-medium grade walk takes you into Pierces Pass in the Blue Mountains National Park to search for waratahs in the wild – a truly beautiful sight. Join a Discovery Ranger to find out about this ‘wild’ national park and see how the waratahs are responding two years on from the 2013 fires.National Parks Discovery Wild Waratah Walk Event Details »
This local plantation has around 1,000 waratah plants including the rare white waratah and is only open for visitors for one day during the Wild About Waratahs Festival. Access to the plantation is by a fairly steep rough track so is not suitable for people with mobility issues. Cut blooms for sale.Gadara Wildflowers Farm Open Day Event Details »
Australian wildflowers have wonderful potential for art exploration. From strong waratahs and banksias to delicate small blooms, there is much to inspire. Join Fiona Lumsden to gain new insights into the beauty of wildflowers and sharpen your understanding and appreciation as you paint and draw them. Suitable for beginners to advanced.Waratahs, Wildflowers & Wildlife - a nature drawing workshop with Fiona Lumsden Event Details »
Join birding guide Carol Probets on a morning walk to see some of the Garden’s beautiful birds. Learn about their territorial habits as they start to nest and how different species locate food. Get some tips from Carol on how to use binoculars and how to spot birds. Suitable for beginners or those who have already done some birding.Spring Bird Walk and Talk Event Details »
A workshop on bees presented by apiarist Tim Malfroy and native bee expert Megan Halcroft. Learn how to encourage and support both native and honey bee populations in your backyard, garden or farm. Topics will include species of native bees, how to support bee populations, planting for bees, providing habitat for native bees, keeping honey bees in natural comb hives, what to look for and how to observe bees, improving pollination in your garden or orchard. A not to be missed opportunity to meet and learn from two renowned bee experts.Bees In Your Garden Event Details »