Don’t miss the gorgeous winter floral display and green wall in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. On until 30 July in the Calyx. Free.
The Winter Floral Display
The current display is all about flowers. Princettia, Moth Orchids, Gerbera daisies, Dianthus Jolt Cherries and many more.
Multi-coloured foliage makes up the green wall in the Calyx as well as playing a role in the winter floral displays in the beds.
The green wall is the largest such interior wall in the southern hemisphere. At 6 metres high and 50 metres long it takes over 18,000 plants to fill it.
Five separate drip irrigation systems keep the wall watered and looking great.
There’s plenty of room to wander around, take lots of photos and, if you need a break, to sit down at tables in the sun for a cup of coffee.
Get the Plants
There’s an added bonus, if you’re a gardener, or even if you just want to brighten up your balcony.
After the winter floral display closes, all the plants that are in the Calyx will be offered to the public. They’re yours for a gold coin donation, or for $10 in the case of the orchids. A bargain in anyone’s language.
The plant sale will take place on Saturday 5 August from 0800 (8 am). Put the date in your diary, gardeners!
Visit the Shop
A very short stroll from the Calyx takes you to the Garden’s shop. There’s generally a skilled horticulturist volunteer there, right next to the shop entrance. Great if you have unanswered questions.
In the shop itself there’s a very good selection of souvenirs that are not at all tacky.
They range from jars of honey from the garden’s own bees, through quite a few food products made with native or local ingredients, native seeds, Australian semi-precious stones right up to a wide selection of cards and books.
Lots more, too. Worth a look. And, of course, sales proceeds benefit the Gardens.
So pop into the Royal Botanic Gardens when you need a little break from the CBD. The winter floral display is a feast for the eyes and a wonderful opportunity for some stunning close up photography. Put that expensive lens to use!
Or take the opportunity to while away an hour or two strolling around Sydney’s Botanic Gardens – there’s lots to see.