“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus
Autumn in the Blackwood Valley
The Blackwood Valley is regarded by Wild Western Australia as one of the best places to visit during Autumn.
The Autumn Festival of Country Gardens 6-7 May, will feature open gardens in this region of Western Australia. Gardens are open from 9.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May.
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“The Blackwood River Valley in WA’s South West is absolutely gorgeous from the second half of Autumn right through into Winter. Unlike destinations that are over on the coast, it feels to me as if the cosy inland Blackwood Valley towns come alive as the weather cools down and the days shorten.
“The mornings are cool and crisp with mist settling in the vales and valleys, and the temperature during the day is not too hot and generally not too cold either – perfect for bush walks and picnics.”
If you visit Rokewood, Cherrytree Cottage, Ford House or Maranup Ford in Bridgetown be prepared for chilly nights and cool, crisp mornings……just the right conditions for producing the colourful autumn foliage.
In Balingup a stop at River Gums and you will be rewarded with stunning vistas of Cork Oak trees.
Boyup Brook will provide a garden new to the Festival. Stop and visit Hillview Garden.
“Towards the end of Autumn the magnificent karri trees begin to shed their pale grey bark, exposing the beautiful salmon pink/golden orangey colour beneath. The Blackwood Valley is just to the north of the main karri belt, and there are plenty of pockets of karri in amongst the predominant jarrah and marri forests especially around Nannup and south of Bridgetown.”
In Nannup, Chestnut Brae offers visitors the experience of a stunning autumn display of chestnut trees.
Going south to Manjimup make a stop at Balbarrup for a visit to a large country garden in all it’s glory.
“The best place to see deciduous autumn leaves in Western Australia!
“The Blackwood River Valley also has its fair share of deciduous trees lining its streets and gracing its parks and gardens. The leaves on these trees start turning orange, red and yellow in late April and May, around the same time as the karri trees shed their bark.”
Garden visitors to Lakeside in Pemberton will experience the vistas of the magnificent Karri trees as they make the journey to Lakeside.
Exciting news – the Ashbil Community Garden workshop/talk on bulbs on Saturday 6 May at 9.30am will now be conducted by Lyn Chambers of “Tulips with a Difference”. Lyn will also have bulbs for sale.
This year sees the return of the much loved Festival Dinner in The Barn at Ford House. The Barn will once again be transformed into a magical place for a 3 course autumn themed dinner on Friday 5 May. To experience this festive event ring Jenny, p: 9761 1816 or m: 0438 511 896 to book.
Before the dinner you might like to have taken part in the garden tour –
Pre-Festival Garden Tour – History and Autumn Delights
Friday 5 May 2017
9.00am – 4.30pm
A tour of some of the historical gardens and houses around Bridgetown featuring the wonderful Autumn foliage for which this area is renowned. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea in garden settings.
Bookings and queries Lee, m: 0404 051 531 or e: firstname.lastname@example.org
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