Mudgee’s public parks and gardens play a huge role in giving the town its character and attractiveness.
They provide recreation, beautification, inspiration and information, thanks to our local Council’s gardening team.
There are two main parks close to the town centre- Lawson Park, which runs along the banks of the Cudgegong River, and Robertson Park opposite the post office.
This morning I was drawn by the deciduous trees in their progression from vibrant autumn foliage to the bare skeletons of winter.
The evergreen exotics and natives provide an exquisite balance to create rich vistas of the autumn colour palette.
Rose gardens are mulched, and calendula and violet seedlings have been planted on the Church Street roundabouts. Their winter colour will survive the heavy frosts that we know are only days or weeks away.
In Robertson Park, near the war memorial, the rose gardens are still filled with vibrant, fragrant blooms.
Some of the rose blossoms have been burnished by recent frosts, showing unusual, muted colours.
Around them, the interlacing grey branches of the oaks, elms and hawthorns are graced by luminous yellows and golds of the last of the autumn leaves.
The hawthorns are almost bare, whilst the oaks are still showing traces of green amongst the abundant gold.
People are everywhere enjoying the autumn weather. The stillness of this grey autumn day invites quiet contemplation.
The colours glow warmly against the subdued light on this cloudy day.