Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bulbs Pop in Tulip Time; David Ellis Tiptoes through the SouthernHighlands

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bulbs Pop in Tulip Time; David Ellis Tiptoes through the SouthernHighlands

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WE'RE not sure if this comes under the category of trivia or the coincidental, but this year's Tulip Time Festival in the Southern Highlands of NSW will be the 52nd of what 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.

Coincidental perhaps, because this year 20 council gardeners have planted about 65,000 bulbs in Corbett Gardens, Bowral, which will be the centrepiece of Tulip Time. And if visitor-interest continues as it has in the past, 65,000 buffs will flock into the Southern Highlands to see those 65,000 tulips (one visitor for each tulip)a[degrees] 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.

And that's not including many thousands more tulips and daffodils, bluebells, peonies and diverse other annuals, bursting-forth in rainbows of spring-time colour in private gardens proudly thrown-open to public viewing. These amazing venues, in many cases acreages dating back to the late 1800s, surround grand mansions and manors to which early Sydneysiders escaped summer's heat, planting cool-climate gardens after the fashion of those they'd left back home in England.

But it's not all just about tiptoeing through the tulips. 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 a and the Sydney Cycling Club whose members will punch the pedals for more than 100km to join in.

Plus during the fortnight there'll be local radio station 2ST's Tulip Time Dinner Dance featuring crooner Tom Burlinson on September 20, and Breakfast in the Park in Corbett Gardens on September 21, a Food and Wine Fair as well as a House and Garden Expo on September 22 and 23, a Festival of Rugby (September 29), Tulips After Dark on September 22 after the Street Paradea[degrees] even a Battle of the Bangers at the historic Surveyor-General Inn at Berrima (Sunday, September 30) to find the region's best snag makers and cooks. …

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