The Governor and Ms Annus attended the Yates Springtime at Araluen – Tulip Festival at Araluen Botanic Park in Roleystone.
Greeted by Ms Suzy Parravicini, General Manager of the Araluen Botanic Park Foundation, the Governor and Ms Annus were treated to a stunning kaleidoscope of colour showcasing 150,000 tulips in bloom.
Araluen Botanic Park is an extraordinary garden in a bushland setting.
Strolling through the stoned pathways across the terraces, Ms Parravicini explained how COVID-19 has impacted the planning for this year’s event.
Araluen rely on volunteers each year to help plant the tulips. The pandemic prevented the recruitment of volunteers this year which meant staff had to step in to make this year’s event happen. Not only were they successful in doing so, this year’s bloom is the biggest for 20 years.
Overall the Park flourishes amongst an undulating native backdrop of Australian Marri and Blackbutt Trees, Banksia and flowering natives. To the north of the park at Bennett’s Lawn, the canopy of tree ferns towers over the striking blooms of the Camellia and Magnolia collection. It’s a must visit.
The Festival is open seven days a week, between 9am and 6pm, last entry at 5pm. Fees apply. Visit the Araluen website for more information.