Three weeks ago, we attended the official opening of the flowering season at Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden. A glorious spring morning was a wonderful surprise after a number of inclement days. Enjoying delicious sandwiches and scones, we were entertained by David Turner while taking in the view from the balcony across Lakes Grebe and Pearl.
Edgar the emu dressed for the occasion.
Following a welcome and introduction from garden manager, Geoff Wood, and an entertaining speech by Bill Lawson AM, we set off in the sunshine to explore.
Though still early in the season, there were some spectacular blooms.
The main gazebo was just visible through the foliage.
We passed the colourful Chinese Pavilion
and crossed the Japanese footbridge
to the ceremonial teahouse.
It would be a lovely setting for a picnic,
on the edge of the tranquil Sea of Japan.
The path to the Japanese covered bridge
was edged with more floral delights.
The bridge overlooks the Sea of Japan, an island affords a peaceful haven to enjoy a spot of fishing.
Across the lawn, a stone pathway leads back to the tea house.
The lawned area adjacent to the covered bridge is a popular wedding venue, it’s easy to see why.
A few cherry blossoms were blooming in readiness for the Cherry Blossom Celebration on 19th October.
The American Gazebo rests sedately on the shore of Lake Pearl.
We returned to the tea rooms
around the edge of Lake Grebe,
across Olympus Bridge.
As if the day hadn’t already been perfect, we spied a platypus cavorting in the lake. These elusive creatures are not easy to see in their natural habitat and equally difficult to photograph.
If you haven’t yet visited Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden now is the best time, until the end of November, to see these magnificent blooms.