Two Years ago in Bowral


Peter took this picture on the 21st December 2012, our Wedding Anniversary. The Corbett Gardens are in Bowral. This day in 2012 was the last time we went to see the Gardens. Over the years we did go a few times to have a look at the tulips there in spring time during the tulip festival. This year we missed out again on seeing the tulips there.

Two years ago in December we quite liked to walk through Corbett Gardens on a summer day. There were no tulips there, but the gardens looked lovely none the less. DSCN5589





On the way to the Gardens we had stopped at the Bradman Museum.




Some refreshments were very welcome.










11 thoughts on “Two Years ago in Bowral

  1. Beautiful to see a Rotunda set amongst the peaceful gardens
    Dont see too many more these days, the days of bands playing on a lovely Sunday, whilst attracting the crowds to the Rotunda are gone I fear.


      “Music in the Gardens with Rachael Leahcar”
      I found a bit about the festival program in the above website, Ian.
      I am not sure whether the band did play in the Rotunda. Weather permitting there are always a lot of people in the Corbett Gardens for the Tulip Festival. The tulips last only for a few weeks. Sadly we missed out again on seeing them this year.

    2. Bowral’s seeing yellow as Tulip Time festival celebrates 54th birthday with 100,000 blooms

      One thousand tulips will be blooming in Bowral, Moss Vale and Mittagong for the 54th Tulip Time festival.
      ADA Corbett’s little country garden has come a long way in 100 years. When the Bowral resident and garden lover pushed the council for an empty corner block in the town to be turned into a public park, no one realised just how big the project would become.

      The park, now known as Corbett Gardens, is celebrating its centenary in style as the centrepiece of Tulip Time 2014, one of the biggest festivals in NSW, which begins today.

      Organisers say more than 65,000 people will visit the Southern Highlands over the next two weeks, and 35,000 will visit Corbett Gardens to admire tens of thousands of tulips and enjoy
      a host of community events.

      Tulip Time is not quite the size of Canberra’s Floriade, which also opens today, but it outdraws just about every other event in the state.

      “It’s the biggest event in southern NSW. There is no other event like it,” says Destination Southern Highlands group manager Steve Rosa.

      The festival began with just 500 tulips in 1961. This year, its 54th, it opens with this weekend’s Food Wine Festival. On Tuesday, the tulip gardens officially open, fun family events, including a street parade and billycart derby, are on next weekend, and the festival finishes with a concert and Dogs Day Out at the end of the month.

      Tours of 12 private gardens in the district are also available, as well as art, entertainment, dinners, cycling and a steam train ride — but tulips are the priority.

      Organisers have been sweating for months on the right weather for the bulbs to bloom in time.

      “The council garden team purchases 100,000 tulips — 65,000 are planted in Corbett Gardens in Bowral and the rest are planted in Moss Vale and Mittagong,” Rosa says.

      “They buy them back in October (from Tasmania and Victoria) and ship them in mid-March. In April, around Anzac Day, they have to be in the ground. Then it’s up to the gods.”

      Hot weather and warm winds have affected plantations in the past and the festival has been brought forward a week to avoid the flowers dying before the festival ends, but this year things are looking good.

      “We’ve had a lot of frosts and cold weather and that helps their growth,” Rosa says.

      “ We’ve also had a lot of rain, which is good.”

      This year’s theme is yellow so expect to see a swathe of sunny colour across all the gardens as well as in Southern Highlands shopfronts and streetscapes.

      You’ll even see a yellow Wiggle. The original Yellow Wiggle Greg Page will be hosting a school holidays fun day in the Gardens on September 23.

      More than 65,000 people are expected to visit the Southern Highlands during Tulip Time.
      The Food Wine festival has been moved to Corbett Gardens this year after two years at the local racecourse.

      “It’s a showcase of the best food and wine from the Southern Highlands,” says Rosa. “There are 66 vineyards with 17 cellar doors.”

      About 45 stalls from wineries and producers will be on show while top local restaurants including Biota will have cooking workshops.

      For the officially opening of the tulip gardens on Tuesday, a feature will be a raised garden bed in the shape of a birthday cake — celebrating the gardens’ centenary.

      There will be 25 horticulturally themed stalls open each day of the festival, and experts will give gardening talks twice a day.

      One of the beauties of this festival is that it encompasses the whole community. The street parade next Saturday will feature 40 floats, with marching bands and more, and the billycart derby to follow has attracted widespread interest.

      Rosa says the prospect of hurtling down the Bong Bong St hill centimetres from the ground in a homemade wooden box on wheels has excited a lot of people.

      A local hardware store has even been running billycart-making workshops for locals keen to race.

      The police will join in the fun, using a radar gun to clock just how fast the billycarts go.

      Rachael Leahcar, a 2012 finalist in TV talent show The Voice, will head the line-up for the September 27 concert in Corbett Gardens.

      The following day, the gardens’ gates will be thrown open to dogs and their owners for a day of doggie activities supporting Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

      “It’s a first” says Rosa. “We’ve never let dogs into the park before.”

      Rachel Leahcar heads the line-up for a concert in Corbett Gardens on September 24.

  2. The tulip festival sounds like it would be worth another visit. My husband would like to one day visit our Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. I like the photo of you standing with the Cricket player. It must have been a very enjoyable day. 🙂

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