VIPs, sponsors and residents rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty on May 13 for the planting of the first bulbs in the picturesque Corbett Gardens.
The countdown to the 14 day historic festival was launched by Wingecarribee Shire mayor, Cr Duncan Gair.
Celebrated Australian country music singer-songwriter, John Williamson, has been announced as the 2019 Tulip Time ambassador.
Destination Southern Highlands group manager, Steve Rosa, said that the dormant gardens and striking autumn colours that now blanket the Southern Highlands will soon blaze into a rainbow of colour when over 100,000 tulip bulbs and 15,000 annuals show off their beauty in spring when Southern Highlanders share their love of Tulip Time and throw their support behind this year's festival charity partner, Variety.
Each year the Parks and Gardens and the Tulip Time event teams set themselves a big challenge to better the festival's program and garden bed design to attract record visitation and create a festival that the community can be proud of.
"This year we have designed flower beds that will bring to life the magic of this year's theme, 'Mary Poppins' through the colourful displays of massed planted tulips to delight both young and old," said head gardener, Rod McTernan.
"Tulip Time is the region's premier tourism event and generates huge economic and social benefits for the Southern Highlands as well as providing numerous opportunities for all the local community to get involved," said mayor Cr Duncan Gair.
Tulip Time will be held from September 24 to October 7.
Visit www.tuliptime.net.au for more information.