Art in the Blue Mountains at Heritage Gardens: A Sunday Afternoon Treat on Sunday, November 5


The Blue Mountains and art seem to go together well. Isn’t it a lovely concept? Well, if you know the Blue Mountains, including this area of grace and beauty that you reach just before you get to Newcastle – you can’t miss it – then you will know that this special event at the Heritage Gardens of Cold Spring will be a real treat. It’s family friendly, and children under 14 years will be no charge.

I’m also happy that part proceeds will go to the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, a UNESCO Heritage site and to me a magical area, any time of the day…or year; and also to the inner city development organisation St. Patrick’s Foundation in Seaview Gardens. Both very different and very worthy causes.

One of the artists will be Patrick Waldemar.

The location is about 3,000 feet above sea level. It is set a little way above the road and overlooking a deep, long slope downwards with a view of Kingston far below. It is a piece of history. The Cold Spring Estate was established in 1746 as a coffee plantation by Admiral Matthew Wallen. He built a house there in 1788. Apparently the coffee – and the spring water – was quite delicious. There are large barbecues, the ruins of a pulpery, floating ponds and other works around the property.

Anthuriums at the Heritage Gardens at Cold Spring, where the air is cooler…

The garden is important. Did you know that Admiral Wallen brought bamboo to Jamaica from Hispaniola? The Irishman designed a lovely garden at Cold Spring, where he introduced different fruit trees and plants, including the nasturtium, watercress, and a range of trees and shrubs. I don’t think many of these plants would flourish in the heat of the plains below. There are quite a few garden plants that I have only ever seen in the Blue Mountains, like hydrangeas for example. When I see them I have a twinge of nostalgia for English country gardens!

It is not far from Hardwar Gap, a favourite birdwatching area just the other side of Newcastle going up to the Gap Café and one of our favourite places to walk, breathe in the cool mountain air and do some binocular work. At the right time of day, the mountainsides ring with birdsong.

Oh, back to the event. The art is going to be fabulous. Just look at the list of names. Make a date for a delightful Sunday afternoon in two weeks’ time…

 

 

 


2 thoughts on “Art in the Blue Mountains at Heritage Gardens: A Sunday Afternoon Treat on Sunday, November 5

  1. Thank you Emma for your most lovely write up on the event. It is perfect! Looking forward to seeing you there. Doris

    On Sun, 22 Oct 2017 at 10:22 PM, Petchary’s Blog wrote:

    > petchary posted: “The Blue Mountains and art seem to go together well. > Isn’t it a lovely concept? Well, if you know the Blue Mountains, including > this area of grace and beauty that you reach just before you get to > Newcastle – you can’t miss it – then you will know that thi” >

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s