Mount Wilson, located in the Blue Mountains, has some of the most beautiful gardens in NSW Australia. It is one of my favourite places to visit for Photography.
Autumn in Mount Wilson puts on such a spectacular display of colour in good years.
Vibrant reds, oranges and yellows of maples and other deciduous trees and shrubs make a grand and striking contrast to the evergreens in the gardens.
Windyridge Gardens are gorgeous all year round. Although I do prefer to visit in Spring and Autumn. This very popular garden features a pond with a waterfall, various seating areas, a small nursery as well as tea and coffee making facilities.
Breenhold Gardens is most definitely one of the most photographed gardens in Mount Wilson.
Set on a large property with many garden and mountain vistas as well as beautiful autumn colour displays.
Bebeah Gardens are quite large as well, sporting colourful Spring and Autumn foliage colours which are nestled against the many flowering trees and shrubs. This garden is also adorned with interesting garden sculptures which lead the eye to focal points or down a garden path.
Two other Stunning gardens to visit in The Blue Mountains,
Are The Rhododendron Gardens and Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens.
The Rhododendron Gardens
The Rhododendron Gardens are located at Blackheath. At certain times of the year you can see the Rhododendrons and Azaleas in flower. This garden is full of visual interest for those interested in Photography or Gardening. Along with the flowers there are winding pathways, picnic and seating areas, and toilets, which are all surrounded by evergreens and striking deciduous trees and shrubs. Take a wander down to the lake and gaze upon the pretty pink waterlilies.
Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens
Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens is a very large and beautiful garden, located at Mount Tomah. It features gorgeous plants, trees and shrubs of all kinds as well as cool climate plants, definitely a Gardeners delight and great for Photography. It is a must see when you are in the mountains. It is open all year round and has amazing views of the mountains. Although my trips here have only been half days, you could easily spend the whole day as it is a lot larger than the gardens above. At the time of my visits there which were quite a few years ago, there was a cafe where you could dine for lunch or breakfast. I do suggest making a booking if you want a seat, and the waiting times can be quite long.
A lot of the gardens in Mount Wilson are only open to the public in Autumn - Winter, and most charge a small fee. There are no shops as such in this area, so it would be wise to bring your own food and drink.
Photography in Mount Wilson and the gardens in the Blue Mountains is extremely popular. The best times are early morning and late afternoon. Gardens are always tricky to photograph. One of the problems you may encounter are heavy shade cast by trees and shrubs, and glare. During the day, the sun light is harsher and stronger which causes blown out highlights on foliage and flowers. Leaves and Flowers that have shiny, reflective surfaces are the worst. The use of a polarizing Filter can be helpful, or avoid sunny days for Garden Photography and make use of those dull, gloomy overcast days.