The annual Breenhold Gardens SpringFest is back in 2016, bigger and better than ever. Join us for a day of sun, spring, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.Led by the inimitable Roger Benedict, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows will host two, intimate, one-hour concerts, deftly capturing the sounds of spring in their performances. Biber, Brahms, Mozart, and even Lennon and McCartney will provide the perfect “sound-track” for taking in the breathtaking setting that is Breenhold Gardens.
Founded in the mid-1960s by the late Sydney ballet and theatre critic and political journalist-turned-businessman, Thomas Essington Breen Snr, and his wife Charlotte ‘Bill’ Breen, Breenhold Gardens comprises thousands of exotic and indigenous trees and flowering shrubs. This one-of-a-kind landscape, which more recently provided the backdrop for Baz Luhrmann’s movie, The Great Gatsby, is the perfect union of a Northern Hemisphere-style garden estate and the untamed Australian bush.
There’s plenty to enjoy at Breenhold Gardens SpringFest – whether you’re a classical music aficionado, a green thumb, or a young family, SpringFest is the ultimate Sunday adventure. Relax to the music in the shade of a weatherproof marquee or bask in the warm spring sunshine with a picnic lunch and fresh brewed coffee from our coffee cart. For active, young adventurers the Kid’s Scavenger Hunt runs all day and provides little hands with the perfect opportunity to get up close to nature.
Now with several generations of Breen family members nurturing and enjoying this unique 40-hectare mountain estate, Tom Breen says “This year is the most spectacular festival we’ve planned – there’s more to see, smell, touch and listen to than ever before. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows will bring their own magic to the gardens, creating a unique marriage of aural and visual beauty for us to marvel.
“The gardens also provide the perfect place to introduce children to the beauty of Australia’s native landscape, and to the many exotic trees, shrubs and blossoms, originally from the Northern Hemisphere, that are planted at Breenhold……and to great music. Join in on the scavenger hunt and then unwind with a picnic in the sun – there’s no better way to enjoy a lush spring day.”
Gates open at 10am and the first guided tour commences at 10.15am – the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows will perform two, identical programs at 11.30am and 2pm and the Scavenger Hunt runs all day and can be joined at any time. So, come and share with us a perfect SpringSunday at Mount Wilson.