GREEN thumbs and lovers of of beautiful flora, rejoice. Leura Gardens Festival in the Blue Mountains returns for the 56th time on the October 1-4 long weekend.
On display will be a feast of new growth, masses of flowers, gorgeous bulbs and an amazing variety of cool-climate plants including azaleas, rhododendrons and peonies, as well as deciduous trees that will just be coming into their full flowering glory.
There will be two magnificent gardens new to the festival - Avila and Karoola. Avila is a wonderful example of what can be achieved in smaller spaces using a careful and informed plant selection. It will be dressed in some impressive flowering bulb displays.
Karoola is a garden on a larger scale that features formal and rambling bush settings. It is remarkable for its extensive wisteria plantings.
Several favourites will return, including Ewanrigg, Fairways, Hill of Grace, Seasons and The Braes, the latter putting on an impressive show across its vast, varied and ever-changing acreage.
The beautiful gardens at Everglades and Fairmont will also be on display.
All tickets are valid for the four days of the festival and will be available at www.leuragardensfestival.com.au from August 1.
Prices are: single garden $10; three gardens $20; all gardens $40.
A "hop on, hop off" bus service will run between all gardens every 30 minutes or; an all-day ticket costs $10. The first bus leaves Leura Station at 9.30am each day and the last at 4.30pm for the final circuit.
Musicians including the Heathens Choir of Blackheath, the Katoomba Jazz Band and the Wombats Crossing trio will perform during the festival.
All proceeds go to support the Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital and other local health-related organisations.
Full details are available at www.leuragardensfestival.com.au or call 0431-095-279. You can also follow the Festival on Facebook and Instagram.
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