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THE THEME was part of the trend in those days to hold floral
festivals and celebrations of various kinds.
Local people took advantage of any opportunity to arrange
festivities to bring focus to the community, attract tourists
and travellers and to introduce some fun and excitement
into rural life. Although a number of festivals had existed in
the Southern Highlands in the past, Tulip Time has survived
economic and political change.
2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Tulip Time.
The first festival was held in 1961 with contributions by
local councillors, service, sporting and cultural clubs and
church community representatives.
The week-long festival included the usual municipal event,
such as the Queen of the Festival competition, a street
parade of decorated floats, musical and dramatic events and
a Mayoral Ball.
That year 15,000 tulips were planted in the "tulip walk"
in Corbett Gardens, the municipal garden in the centre of
Bowral. Open garden competitions attracted 79 entries.
In 1961, the Rotary Club of Bowral adopted
Tulip Time through the years
TULIP TIME WAS THE BRAINCHILD OF A GROUP OF COMMUNITY CITIZENS IN 1958, WHO
MET TO ORGANISE A FESTIVAL TO PUBLICISE THE TOWN OF BOWRAL.
a project of beautification for Bowral by donating thousands
more tulip bulbs for Corbett Gardens.
In the same year the festival officially changed its name to
Bowral Tulip Time.
Since then, an annual festival has been held in spring
(September to October).
Its central focus is on displays of tulips and other blossoms
that flourish in the cooler climate of the Highlands, and
which people living in warmer areas in Australia would not
Corbett Gardens is not the only venue to admire during
Tulip Time.Gardening and landscaping has been a feature of
the Highlands since early this century, where the distinct four
seasons encourage the bountiful displays of nature.
In the early years of Tulip Time, many private homes
opened their gardens. Some of these were in the grounds of
grand homes built in the past century, and contain trees and
plantings now more than 100 years old. Others were the
work of more recent garden lovers whose effort and work
can be admired particularly during the spring.
Early garden competitions were a feature of Tulip Time, and
many entrants were rewarded by becoming championship
gardens -- not only of Tulip Time, but also in state and
Some established nurseries and became businesses in their
own right. Many have received accolades for excellence
and are part of open garden schemes that provide access to
the public throughout the year.
Every year acres of beautifully prepared spring gardens,
with manicured lawns and magnificent floral displays,
participate in Tulip Time's activities. ■
Winning Open Garden, 1964.
Original Corbett Gardens fountain.
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