Mt Tomah

The club’s outing for October was to Mt Tomah (aka The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden). The gardens put on an amazing show for us with spring blooms of every description. And the weather was perfect. It’s hard to imagine a better day for a visit.

Mt Tomah opened to the public on 1 November, 1987. This was possible due to the generosity of Alfred and Effie Burnet who, in 1972, gave their farm to the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Burnet’s had used part of this land to grow bulbs for cut flowers which they sold to Sydney florists. The gardens currently cover 28 hectares of land which is divided into several different areas to showcase specific regions and plant species including a large native rainforest.

As impressive as each garden is and as beautiful as many of the plants are, it’s the overall impression that makes Mt Tomah so worth visiting. The setting is spectacular and this garden is living proof of the adage that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

I’m not going to waste any more space on words. I’ll let some of the pictures I took speak for themselves.

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Our next meeting is November, 5 October 2015 when we have our annual Plant and Flower Show (details here). Don’t forget to check out the gardening article in the Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine. It features information about the goings on in this club.


About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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