Christmas at Vaucluse House
As ever, the Christmas tree stands proudly in the drawing room. The tree, a three year old radiata pine - is sourced from the Penrose State Forest in the Southern Highlands of NSW and donated by the Forestry Corporation NSW, Moss Vale Area. Radiata pine - pinus radiata - was originally named Pinus insignis or 'remarkable pine', an apt name for a tree which has a host of practical uses. This species has been grown in the local Moss Vale area for over 100 years. Heavily impacted by the Black Summer bushfires, the softwoods industry is regrowing and rebuilding, with Forestry Corporation replanting a record 16 million seedlings this year - SLM is grateful for their support.
As we do every year, our curators have taken the advice of Cassell’s household guide (London 1868-71) when decorating:
all kinds of evergreens, everlasting flowers and coloured and gilt papers…mistletoe…and holly is of course the special tree of the season….let it be conspicuous throughout the decorations.