Tumbarumba Spring Flower Festival 2020

June Gray at her garden ‘Burraleigh’ on Tooma Road.

A mixture of locals and visitors flocked to the nine open gardens that were on show during the Spring Flower Festival, which took place last weekend.

‘Elm Cottage’, ‘Gone Barny’, ‘Rhanhaven’, ‘Laurel Hill Berry Farm’, ‘Brumby’s Ridge’, ‘Grassmere’,  ‘Burraleigh’, ‘Rob Lin Lee’ and ‘The Owl Place’ were the gardens on show with ‘Grassmere’ alone attracting over 100 visitors on Saturday and even more on Sunday. 

Many of the visitors were from outside of the region with some interstate visitors from Tasmania and Victoria. 

Quite a few mentioned that they had never visited Tumbarumba and were surprised that this green paradise is not on the list of top destinations in NSW. 

Rob and Linda Blencowe at Rob Lin Lee.

Tumbarumba Garden Club vice president Grazyna Hamilton reported hearing comments such as “awesome gardens,” “peaceful gardens,” “refreshing and green” and “tranquility.”  

Many commented that this destination is a hidden treasure and they are already planning to return next year. 

The festival also featured a flower show, an art and photography exhibition, a photography competition and a skateboard art competition. There was also a sculpture competition and a scarecrow competition. 

The winners of the competitions are below. 

Sculpture competition:

Winner – Petrea Cook – Genesis  $500 prize

Judge’s comments: “For capturing an elegant, organic form in stone that is reminiscent of fire, water and an emerging seed. It responds to the challenges and hopes of 2020 beautifully.”

Second – Bradley Weintraub – Frog 

Judge’s comments: “The colour of the stone and it’s flowing form are stored to the subject. This little frog looks poised, with its elongated fingers stretched languidly across the stone. Is he serenely watching us, or poised to leap.”

Third – Phil Cussons – Duck Pond 

Judge’s comments: “The ripples in the water around the central duck add drama and movement to this piece. The technical work shaping the duck’s bill and the elegant arch of their backs are just wonderful.”

Flower photo competition:

Single Bloom – Winner Sam McCarthy, Second Cynthia Soding

Multi Bloom – Winner Wendy Lavis, Second Karen Golgini

Garden Landscape – Winner Trish Pratt

B&W Feature – Winner Sam McCarthy

Skateboard art:

Winner Open – Peter McDade

Winner High School – Hazel Paton

Winner Primary School – Zane McPherson


Winner Business – Bendigo Bank

Winner Open – Karl McEachern

Winner Junior (Early Years) – Carcoola

Winner  Junior (Primary) – Zane McPherson

The results from the flower show are extensive, and will be printed in next week’s edition of the Times.


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