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Blue Mountains Botanic Garden: Mount Tomah

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The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is open every day except Christmas Day.
Monday - Friday: 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
Entry is free
No pets allowed in the Garden
Enquiries 02 4567 3000

This breathtaking Garden is the only botanic garden in the world located in a World Heritage Area. Focused on the conservation of cool climate plants it is home to 21,000 plants and 900 species. Located under 2-hours’ drive from Sydney airport and less than an hour from Penrith and Richmond, the Garden is the perfect backdrop for a gathering, workshop or family day out.


Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Fine Food Market: Castle Hill

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Starts at 8am and finishes 12 noon.

Runs the Second Saturday and Fourth Saturday of Every Month, except January. Apologies for March 2014, 4th Saturday, we cannot hold the Market due to the Castle Hill Show.

This is a seasonal market and the produce advertised will only be available in season.

The Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Fine Food Markets are just what the doctor ordered. An abundance of fresh produce to tempt the taste buds of most hunters and gathers.

Let's begin our journey by succumbing to the tantalizing aroma of freshly ground coffee beans brewing away in the crispy early morning air of the Show grounds. As you sip your coffee you will drawn by the perfumes of the many freshly cut blooms as the flower stalls arrange a vast array of colours and species to suit all occasions.

As you do the rounds it's hard not to be drawn to the amazing variety of fresh herbs and spices available. The crispy baby rockets, extra virgin olive oils, sun dried tomatoes and Darling Mills amazing array of olives and fresh basil.

Willowbrae cheesemaker Karen Borg uses a traditional French farmhouse method to produce a variety of goats cheese sold at the markets by her husband David.

Crunchy sourdough breads, traditional pasta's even the staple family meals like bangers and mash can be accommodated.

The fantastic array of gourmet European sausages and the variety of old fashioned Irish spuds will turn a staple Aussie meal into a Chef's delight !

Enjoy browsing through the stalls of fresh fruit and veges, freshly picked berries, crunchy greens, vine ripened tomatoes, stone fruit and our famous Bilpin apples - even an apple pie or two !

Whilst doing that final once around stopping to pick up some exotic Australian Native Foods, yum, Wild Hibiscus flowers in syrup, Desert Quandong jam or some Lemon Myrtle and Native Pepper berry seasoning a must for any good foodies pantry.

Our markets promote the importance of fresh seasonal produce, sustainable local agriculture, showcasing small business and introduce our many visitors to the wonders of our Region. The Hawkesbury.


Wildwood Garden

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Spring Garden Season: Open Friday to Monday – 10 am to 4 pm from Friday, August 11, 2017 continuing until Monday, November 6, 2017 - all public holidays included

Wildwood is a garden in Bilpin which has been developing for more than 30 years due to the efforts & skills of Wayne & Sue Tapping who bought the land in the early eighties.

They chose the name Wildwood as their plan was to make a formal garden without losing the wildness of the native landscape. They have decided that the property has now got to the stage that it should be available for everyone to appreciate.

Situated in the heart of Bilpin amid the orchards & tall trees of the Blue Mountains it is a large garden many would love to explore.

It is not just a place to wander in and enjoy the plantings as it has a café with fabulous views, a gift shop & specialist nursery with treasures propogated from plants in the garden.

There is a cherry walk, dogwoods & other blossom trees, camellias, azaleas, massed clivia, & hellebore, hydrangea, deciduous trees that are spectacular in autumn & ferns that surround a magnificent waterfall with ponds.

There is also a large lake surrounded by lawns & topiary where you can picnic. It has sweeping views, deep volcanic soil, bore water & is a delightful place to visit at any time of year.

They began this garden more than 30 years ago & also opened a retail nursery at nearby North Richmond. The Nursery closed in 2010, allowing the couple to pursue their dream of an open garden with gift shop, nursery & café.

This 5 hectare garden nestles among 10ha of towering native trees. It is set on a gentle slope with broad, crushed granite paths that meander beside a waterfall & ponds then beneath the trees & across sweeping lawns to a tranquil lake. Seats are scattered throughout to encourage visitors to relax & enjoy the atmosphere.

Wildwood’s café serve morning & afternoon teas, snacks & light lunches with delicious sandwiches, salads, cakes, pastries & season specials. There is a selection of homemade goodies which are scrumptious but be sure not to miss out on the Wildwood’s very own homemade apple pie – it is just so delicious. Enjoy a panoramic view over the garden from the café verandah. Visitors are also welcome to picnic by the lake.

The Gift shop and nursery is well stocked with appealing gift ware & local products. The nursery has a range of plants, many of which are propagated from those which are growing in the garden including some rare & unusual finds. You are sure to find something special here


From an Article by Jennifer Stackhouse, Wildwood Open


S & P Dominello Flower Growers

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For 36 years, 3rd generation farmers, Sam and Phil Dominello have specialised in growing the best cut flowers on the Central Coast of NSW.


Bilpin Garden Club

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The Bilpin Garden Club Inc meets on the first Saturday of the month.

Membership of the club costs $10 per year and is open to everyone, not just residents of Bilpin.

Members receive a quarterly newsletter with garden notes and information about our meetings.

Sometimes we visit gardens, sometimes we have educational presentations: and each year in the middle of October we stage a spectacular Spring Flower Show in the Bilpin District Hall.

In 2011 the Spring Flower Show will be in its 51st Year, and will be open to the public on the afternoon in October.

Our membership ranges from professional horticulturists and people with large show gardens to people with small daggy gardens, lots of plans and hope.

As well as sharing knowledge and seeking inspiration from garden visits, the Club also maintains the garden at the Bilpin District Hall.

Download the current newsletter and schedule for their big Garden Show or contact the secretary for more information.



TOP Forty Orchard

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Top 40 Orchard. This is NOT a Pick Your Own Farm

This most beautiful orchard is one of the highest in the Oakdale region of NSW.

The property is 40 acres in total with 25 acres under orchard.

Lyn and her family specialise in seasonal fruit, flowers and Christmas Trees.

Kicking off with Christmas trees in mid November and then Peaches, Plums and Nectarines starting in mid December and then in February the Apples kick in.

The orchard produces 5 varieties of ‘Tree Ripened’ Red Delicious Apples and the sweetest Granny Smiths Apples.

Tree ripened apples are the freshest when the seeds are brown and if you leave the apple on a plate the flesh stays white.

Their Pumpkin patch produces pumpkins for two, the Golden Nugget and Sweet pumpkin are just right for you and a friend.

On the Orchard they also have 2 forty years old pear trees that compliment their produce.

From October you will find Lyn turning out her 120 varieties of Bearded Iris’s. This most beautiful Iris will light up any room.

Drop in and say hello or get your fresh fruit from the roadside stall.