Photographer's Note

A windy, cold day and there I was in this enormous garden, seemingly the only person there.When I left home the sky had some blue in it, by the time I got to the garden the conditions changed. This is probably my best shot for the day.
I include some information from the National Parks leaflet regarding this fabulous garden:

The National Rhododendron Gardens was developed by the Australian Rhododendron Society when the State Government issued them a lease of land next to Olinda township in 1960.
An enthusiastic team of people cleared land and started to plant around the southern end of the garden.
In 1962 a large bushfire burnt the area to the ground. While this destroyed much of the original plantings it also saved much work by clearing the bush for the garden.
Many of the early plantings were propagated by members of the Society from their own collections and from seed and plant material sent from other international and national rhododendron societies.
Collectors from the society made trips to New Guinea, India and Nepal to collect some of the specimens which are in the gardens.
Imagine the great stories from these early expeditions of adventure, exploration and romance, of travelling in remote foreign countries to discover new species.
The natural surrounds
On a misty morning there is a surreal atmosphere as the giant Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) tower out of the ground disappearing into the white fog. Most of these magnificent trees have grown since the fires in 1962. They are the tallest flowering plant in the world only outgrown by the Californian Redwoods.

The Garden is 104 acres (40 hectares) in a long linear shape. The soil is deep, slightly acid, volcanic clay loam. The nature of the soil allows free drainage while it still retains good moisture levels on the clay particles. The average rain fall is around 1400mm (56 inches). Temperatures are on average 5 degrees cooler than off the mountain.
Things to do and see
A Garden for all seasons
Whatever time of year you visit there is always something to see.
In early spring you can walk the golden mile of daffodils and see many of our camellias and magnolias in flower. By mid spring the Cherry Grove is in full flower. This time is also the peak season of flowering for the azaleas and rhododendrons and it is a pleasure to wander through the sprays of extravagant colour.
Summer is a great time to walk the nature trail in the cool rainforest atmosphere or picnic in the cool shade on the Cherry Lawn and wander through the collection of conifers. The brilliant blue and white hydrangeas can be seen in full flower with many large banks of them planted around the garden.
Autumn is ablaze with colour as the deciduous trees and shrubs turn every shade of yellow, red and orange. The views by the lake are spectacular as many of the hydrangeas take on rustic colours and are reflected in the cool calm waters.
Winter is a season of contrast. The mists create an aura of mystery amongst the Mountain Ash and the air is always fresh and cool. Bare tree trunks and branches reflect in the mountain lake and in late winter hellebore and cyclamen flowers carpet the ground. The vireya collection can be seen flowering at all times throughout the year.

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  • Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3569 W: 114 N: 6363] (28730)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-08-04
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-09-21 16:28
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