THESE tropical beauties may take an awful lot of maintenance, but parks staff say Bathurst Regional Council’s begonias are well worth all the effort.
The Begonia House opened its doors this week for another season, with scores of specimens on show to the public.
Built in 1936, the greenhouse has long been on the ‘must do’ list for visitors to the city.
Parks staff supervisor Robert Wootton said the Begonia House had been a hive of activity leading up to the opening day.
“The season runs for about two-and-a-half months,” he said.
Mr Wootton said the flowers grow from a tuber, which looks a lot like a potato.
Once flowering has finished these and the leaves die away until all that is left is the tuber which will sprout again next season.
Mr Wootton said begonias were “very high maintenance” during their growth and while on public display.
“It’s very rewarding when you see the results and we get a lot of positive feedback from visitors,” he said.
Begonia House is open in Machattie Park from 9am-4pm weekdays and 11am-3pm on weekends and public holidays. It is however closed on Good Friday.