Southern Highlands’ Tulip Time
My friend David Ellis has alerted me to this event, that has become one of the biggest celebrations of the tulip in Australia, and a far cry from when the first bulbs were planted all those years ago in the town of Bowral for its new-fangled Festival of Flowers.
Visitors are expected to flock into the Southern Highlands to see those 65,000 tulips (one visitor for each tulip)… together with 25,000 other flowering annuals and 40,000 more tulips in Winifred Street Park just up the road in Mittagong, and just down the road at Moss Vale’s Leighton Gardens.
The 14-day Festival that this year will run from September 18 to October 1 will also include a colourful Street Parade through Bowral at 3pm on Saturday September 22 with classic cars and historic and modern-day fire engines, marching bands, dancers and other performers – and the Sydney Cycling Club whose members will punch the pedals for over a hundred k’s to join-in.
For Tulip Time information, garden entry prices, and assistance to book accommodation, call 1300 657 559 or visit www.tuliptime.net.au. (FOOTNOTE : Corbett Gardens’ 65,000 bulbs will be dug up and sold on Saturday November 10; dig your own 50 for $15 or buy 50 pre-bagged for $20.)