MyPottingBench: Down Under – Mount Tomah Botanical Garden

MyPottingBench: Down Under - Mount Tomah Botanical Garden

 

 

The Mount Tomah Botanical Garden is part of three gardens that make up the botanical gardens in New South Wales. The other two are the Royal Garden, in the CBD of Sydney, and a larger, spreading garden at Mount Annan.

The greatest things about these three superb gardens is that they all offer free entry.

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Blue Mountains Botanical Garden at Mount Tomah.

Even if there was an entry fee it would be very worth it.This garden is located in the famous Blue Mountains and are well worth a morning or afternoon visit if you’re travelling that way.

MyPottingBench: Down Under - Mount Tomah Botanical Garden
Blue Mountains Botanical Garden at Mount Tomah.

 

 

 

The gardens are situated on a north-facing slope (remember in Oz that means facing the sun) within the Blue Mountains. Despite being so high above sea-level this aspect allows a continental climate where the summers are warm but temperatures can dip below freezing in the winter months.

It is set out as a variety of themed areas touring different horticultural geographies and this allows for a wide variety of plants. The terraces manage the slope and provide interesting changes of levels and hard landscaping consisting of formal and informal pools and ponds.

MyPottingBench: Down Under - Mount Tomah Botanical Garden
A summer view of the gardens
MyPottingBench: Down Under - Mount Tomah Botanical Garden
The garden’s most recognisable feature is a spiral stone walkway

The gardens illustrate the use of native plants in mixed borders and carry examples of all the most well-known native species. Below you can see two examples of Proteas. These woody plants can handle the cool winters due to the extreme drainage offered from the slope.

MyPottingBench: Down Under - Mount Tomah Botanical Garden
Protea cynaroides amongst an exotic shrubby border
MyPottingBench: Down Under - Mount Tomah Botanical Garden
Protea longifolia x pudens

 

This garden is a must on any tour of Australian gardens. I have visited with my wife on two occasions; once in the middle of winter where there was a freezing wind blowing and some snow had fallen the week before, and a second time in the heat of summer. We found the gardens to be full of interest and colour with amazing views both times.

MyPottingBench: Down Under - Mount Tomah Botanical Garden
View out over the terraces towards the Blue Mountains in the background.

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