Here in the Blue Mountains we have a powerful emotional attachment to the glorious Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens. I remember how surprised I was when the entry fee was removed. How often does that happen anywhere? It’s not the issue of saving a few dollars that delights me, it’s the symbolic, welcoming .gesture. These are cool climate gardens, featuring both native and exotic flora. The birdlife is amazing…..and the views.

LOOKING OUT FROM THE TOP LEVEL OF THE GARDENS

THE GARDENS UNDER THREAT

When the fires swept through Mount Tomah recently the Blue Mountains Community Facebook site went crazy with worried people asking if the gardens had escaped damage. Unfortunately they hadn’t, with an estimated one third of the area being burnt. All the buildings are reported to be intact though…what a relief.

Here are just a few images, taken on one of my many visits;

THE COLLECTION OF PROTEAS IS WORTH SEEING
AUSTRALIAN GRASS TREES – DANCERS IN A CHORUS LINE

Below is the bloom of the spectacular native waratah, floral emblem of New South Wales.

INSPIRATION FOR AN ARTIST

The waratah features in a wonderful, multi-panel artwork titled The Seasonal Moods of Mount Tomah. Inspired by the gardens, it was recently installed at the Blackheath Bar and Bistro in Govett’s Leap Road.. The artist is Rachel Szalay.

WELL DONE RACHEL
AN ARTIST’S INTERPRETATION OF WARATAHS
Wattle bird feeding on banksia bloom
A wattlebird feeds on Banksia blooms at Mount Tomah

I can spot a banksia flower in the second block of panels, and what looks like a white cheeked honeyeater feasting on nectar.

Great detail in the artwork.

Do pop into the Bar & Bistro and enjoy the artworks over a Christmas drink.

NOTE – The Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens hope to re-open in about a week’s time. We can only hope that they do not come under threat again, but the fires in the area are massive and resources are stretched to breaking point. Our hearts go out to all the fire fighers and those supporting them. Heroes every one.

Christmas this year is going to be a challenging time around the Blue Mountains, and so many other areas. This is what I feel about the damn fires;

SUCH A DIFFICULT TIME, ESPECIALLY AT CHRISTMAS.

2 Comments
  1. Dear Pauline
    Here in Ireland I am watching how the fires are devastating your beautiful country. I pray for rain for you and I pray for the 2 young volunteer firefighters that died today.
    I have visited the Blue Mountains and the area is spectacularly beautiful. I will be in Sydney again in March.
    God bless all of you. Stay safe and know there are people all over the world praying for rain for you.

    Sending lots of good luck your way.
    Lorraine

    • Pauline

      Thanks so much for your kind thoughts, Lorraine. It’s a bit frightening here today and so much sadness everywhere.
      It you have time when you are in Sydney it would be nice to meet for a coffee. A merry Christmas to you in lovely Ireland.

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