By Louise Clifton – Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
The “dinosaur of the bush’’, the Wollemi pine, will take centre stage at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, during two upcoming events.
Flowering Wonderfully – the botanical legacy of Janet Cosh will feature a selection from the superb botanical collection from the University of Wollongong of the late Janet Cosh (1901–`89) from Saturday, July 13, to Sunday, August 11, to honour her botanical achievements.
The granddaughter of renowned Kurrajong writer, botanist and illustrator Louisa Atkinson, Cosh devoted herself to the study of botany in the Southern Highlands when aged in her late 60s. Through her botanical endeavours she became part of a circle of friends and associates all with a shared passion for botany and the natural environment.
The free exhibition at the visitor centre (open 9.30am to 5pm) will include framed botanical illustrations, letters between Cosh and various organisations such as the National Herbarium of NSW and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, botanical reference books, maps, field notebooks, specimens and books and pamphlets to which she contributed.
Children will enjoy The Wollemi Warrior Adventure interactive theatre performance as Wendy Wanderer and her helpful adventurers try to stop the villainous Iggy Chop from turning the Wollemi pine into a toothpick for his collection. With lots of fun and movement, this performance is suitable for kids aged 3-12 years.
It will be held in the Wollemi Room from 11am to 12pm or 1pm to 2pm Saturday, July 13. Cost: $20 per child ($18 for Foundation and Friends members). Bookings essential: Phone (02) 4567 3019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry to Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Bells Line of Rd, Mount Tomah, is free. Go to www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au.tomah for more information.