Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Connections Garden

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan is connecting plants and people

Formerly known as the Terrace Garden, the Connections Garden within the central precinct of the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan is currently undergoing an exciting final stage of its landscape redevelopment. When completed, visitors will be able to enjoy collections of Australian plants that exhibit fundamental connections between plants and people.

The key aims of this stage in the project were to create a garden allowing visitors to explore the interconnectedness of humans and the natural world, to provide a range of inspiring visitor experiences, create a place of ownership to the local community and to create displays that are horticulturally sustainable and appropriate for the site.

The latest upgrade, the fifth stage of the project, has significantly improved access and will allow visitors to reach the summit of the Connections Garden and enjoy the magnificent views over the central and northern part of the Garden. The journey through the Connections Garden will be of a comfortable grade and provide an enjoyable walk of discovery, learning and appreciation.

Collections will include examples of growing habitats such as open forest, rockeries and rainforest and creek line plantings. Visitors will find fascinating displays of plants that have significant historical importance in the use of food, shelter, medicine and oils. Also of great interest will be displays of plants used for commercial purposes such as commercial forestry, building, furniture production and floristry.

Recent works have included 250 metres of new concrete paths, 500 tonnes of large sandstone boulders and 400 tonnes of new native soil mix. Most of the work is expected to be completed by the end of July 2013, followed by new plantings before being opened to the public in spring.

A highlight of the Connections Garden is the tranquil Water Garden feature. This area creates an oasis surrounded by the lush vegetation of plants such as cycads and ferns. Visitors will also see fine examples of Sturt’s desert peas, kangaroo paws and Gymea lilies. In spring, the display of Western Australian paper daisies provides a splash of colour to the entrance of this impressive garden.

The Connections Garden will soon become the hub of all horticultural and plant collections, walks and displays for the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan. The next stage of the project is expected to repair some minor roads and to implement the interpretative element of the garden to enhance the visitor experience.

To discover more about the Connections Garden, take a tour with one of our volunteer guides. Tours of the Garden leave most days from the Visitor Centre, bookings are essential on 4634 7935 or through the Visitor Centre. Group bookings are available.



The Water Garden




Construction works in the Connections Garden