Gardeners looking for inspiration or just wanting to experience the beauty of spring in the Upper Blue Mountains, will again be flocking to the annual Leura Gardens Festival in October.
This year's Festival, the 55th, will feature 10 beautiful spring gardens for the price of $30 per person to visit all gardens, or $8 per individual garden.
The festival is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm for six days over two long weekends: Saturday, October 5 to Monday, October 7 and Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13.
On show will be gardens displaying a feast of new growth, masses of flowers, gorgeous bulbs and an amazing variety of cool-climate plants including wonderful deciduous trees which will just be coming into their full glory.
With gardens at their very best in spring, the festival has always been a magnet for visitors seeking to enjoy the beauty that is on display.
A wide range of garden types will be featured this year from the majestic acres of Everglades and The Braes to the intimacy of several smaller gardens, including the delightful St Annes and Hill of Grace.
The Braes is returning after a break and offers an extensive display of trees and shrubs, some approaching 100-years-old, and a rich diversity of perennials and annuals. Also, a rose garden has been established as well as an orchard with over 20 varieties of fruit and nut trees and thousands of bulbs.
Visitors to the festival can also enjoy the Music in the Gardens program held on each of the festival days in the beautiful grounds of Nesuto Leura Gardens, as well as the art show presented by the Society of Mountain Artists featuring work created in the gardens, plus the festival plant sales centre, which offers a great range of plants and garden accessories.
The art show and the plant sales will be open for nine days from Saturday, October 5.
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