By Ellen Hill – Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism
Visitors to the wee hamlet of Rydal will wander among floral gold during Daffodils at Rydal (September 7-8 and 14-15).
Throughout Rydal thousands of buttery yellow heads nod to the pulse of the breeze towards a golden spring sun, their frilly skirts bowing and bobbing in unison.
Daffodils grow in thick patches under every tree in the park. They dance and flutter in drifts next to the railway station. They inch their way around the old school house and police station and line private garden beds.
Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham, Councillor Col Hunter and Federal Calare MP John Cobb attended the official launch of the festival in the Greg Featherstone Park on Tuesday.
ABC Central West and Western Plains Gardening Show presenter Reg Kidd was special guest.
The festival, which was begun in 2002 by Rydal Village Association, has raised more than $105,000 for charity in less than a decade. This year the money raised will go to the Lithgow Kids Breakfast Program and Lithgow Gorrie Ban Senior Support Program.
Daffodils at Rydal will be held throughout the town and four country gardens from 10am to 4pm on September 7 and 8 and September 14 and 15. Garden entry: $10 includes all gardens and musical events. Limited opportunities to visit gardens mid week for group bookings on September 10, 11 and 12 by prior arrangement.