Formerly known as Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah is a glorious haven for plant and garden lovers. Set against a backdrop of scenic mountain views the garden is a photographers dream and a great place to escape to and for a day’s relaxation.
The garden was first established in 1972 , and opened to the public as the as the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden on the 1 November 1987. The name changed in 2011 to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.
Specialising in cool-climate plants, the gardens are 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) AHD.
The Australian Height Datum was introduced in 1971 as the official vertical datum for Australia, and thereby serves as the benchmark to which all height measurements are referred. The Australian Height Datum is an amalgamation of decades of spirit levelling work conducted by numerous state and territory authorities across the country, and was corrected to align with the mean sea level observations of thirty tide gauges positioned around the entire coastline.Source: Wikipedia3, 4 ,5
The gardens are managed by the Botanic Gardens Trust trading as the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, that are have responsibility for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan. The Trust is a division of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden showcases a vast collection of local and imported cool climate plants and alpine rainforest, all within 28 hectares of curated garden, plus a further 244 hectares of wilderness that sits inside the UNESCO World Heritage Area.
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Footnote & References
- The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, https://www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/
- Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue%20Mountains%20Botanic%20Garden/802464256456317/
- Australian Height Datum, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Height_Datum
- Geoscience Australia (2014). “Australian Height Datum”. www.ga.gov.au. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
- Filmer, M. S.; Featherstone, W. E. (2012). “Three viable options for a new Australian vertical datum”. Journal of Spatial Science. 57 (1): 19–36. doi:10.1080/14498596.2012.679248. hdl:20.500.11937/20186. ISSN 1449-8596. S2CID 56168131.