Spring has sprung and so have the tulips in Corbett Gardens in Bowral ready for the annual Tulip Time Festival.
Now in its 63rd year, the display featuring 80,000 hand-planted tulips will run from Tuesday 19 September until Monday 2 October.
It will feature daily entertainment, popular food and market stalls, along with the Country Women’s Association (CWA) homemade scones and sandwiches to raise funds.
The festival will be open each day between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, as well as Tulips after Dark on the October long weekend between 6 pm and 9 pm, featuring live music, food and drink and brightly lit displays of the tulips.
The long weekend entertainment will kick off on Friday 29 September with Classic Country Swampy Blues, featuring two high-energy bands to kick off the long weekend, Ross Webb and the Rusted Track along with Blueshound.
Saturday 1 October will be a Swingin’ Jazz night with a mix of jazz instrumentals mixed with classic vocal numbers featuring timeless songs by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin and more.
Classical Cool will finish off the weekend’s entertainment on Sunday night, with a classical trio of violin, piano and harp.
This year will also include the Tulip Trail, which showcases smaller, but still spectacular, displays in other parts of the Southern Highlands, including the Visitor Information Centre and Winifred West Park in Mittagong, Leighton Gardens at Moss Vale and the Lions Park in Bowral.
Tulip Time in the Villages is a collaborative initiative by Wingecarribee Shire Council with local community and village associations to install of planter boxes in many of the villages throughout the Southern Highlands.
Head Gardener Rod McTernan said the Southern Highlands offered the perfect climate for growing tulips.
“The weather conditions were very pleasing during our planting time during May,” he said.
“Over 80,000 bulbs were planted in Corbett Gardens alone, taking a team of 15 people five days to plant out all the beds.
“We are very happy with the progress so far and our visitors and the community can expect to see lots of vibrant colours, a true celebration of spring.”
Wingecarribee Shire residents receive free entry to the daytime events but will need to purchase tickets for the Tulips After Dark evening events over the long weekend.
Tickets are now on sale and can be booked on the Visit Southern Highlands website.