Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Feature Gardens

From the provocative Rare and Threatened Plants Garden to the Indigenous Cadi jam Ora: First Encounters, our themed garden areas show the diverse beauty of nature.

1. Begonia Garden
2. Cadi Jam Ora: First Encounters & First Farm
3. Government House Grounds
4. Herb Garden
5. HSBC Oriental Garden
6. Rainforest Walk
7. Mrs Macquaries Bushland Walk
8. Old Mill Garden & Greenway Terrace
9. Palm Grove
10. Pioneer Garden
11. Rare and Threatened Plants Garden
12. Australian Native Rockery
13. Palace Rose Garden
14. Succulent Garden
15. Sydney Fernery
16. Sydney Tropical Centre - closed for redevelopment
17. Wollemi Pine
18. Camellia Garden

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1. Begonia Garden
These magnificent plants are grown worldwide in the tropics and subtropics for both flowers and foliage. Learn about their origins and about how to grow them. Sponsored by the Begonia Society of NSW.

 

 

2. Cadi Jam Ora: First Encounters and First Farm
Discover the Gardens' rich Aboriginal heritage. Cadi Jam Ora: First Encounters is a garden display that tells the story of the Cadigal people, the traditional Aboriginal owners of the Sydney city area, and features plants that originally grew on the site of the Royal Botanic Garden. The First Farm display tells the story of the first farm establised by European settlers. Click here to see what's on the interpretive signs in the First Farm and Cadi Jam Ora displays.

 

3. Government House Grounds
The formal grounds of garden displays, manicured lawns and larger scale shrub plantings complement the heritage context of Government House. Open 10 am to 4 pm every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day, and for special functions.

 

 

4. Herb Garden
Herbs from around the world used for a wide variety of purposes - culinary, medicinal and aromatic - are on display here. A sensory fountain and sundial modelled on the celestial sphere are also features.

 

 

5. HSBC Oriental Garden
Wild and cultivated plants from warm-temperate and sub-tropical areas of China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan and Bhutan - many never before cultivated in Australia - thrive in an Orientally inspired landscaped setting.

 

 

6. Rainforest Walk
Take a detour off the main path to walk through the rainforest. See Australian plants that play a critical role in sustaining the quality of our environment - half the world’s species of plants and animals and many indigenous peoples call rainforests home.

 

 

7. Mrs Macquaries Bushland Walk
Along this path by Woolloomooloo Bay, our horticulturists have re-created a patch of Sydney’s bushland using seed and cuttings from the few small patches of remnant bush along the Harbour’s southern foreshores. This is the way Mrs Macquarie may have seen it in 1816 on her way to her ‘Chair’ at the Point.

 

 

8. Old Mill Garden & Greenway Terrace
See an informal ‘jigsaw’ arrangement of ornamental grasses, groundcovers and lawn turfs in the Old Mill Garden, and a blend of old and new subtropical plants in the Greenway Terrace.

 

 

9. Palm Grove
Established in 1862, this cool summer haven is one of the world’s finest collections of palms. Several of the Royal Botanic Garden’s oldest trees, grown from wild plants collected in the 1820s and 1850s, live here.

 

 

10. Pioneer Garden
A sunken garden built in 1938 during the sesquicentenary of European settlement in Australia. In memory of the pioneer men and women at the spot where the central dome of the old Garden Palace had been.

 

 

11. Rare and Threatened Plants Garden
This provocative display features plants from around the world that are rare or on the brink of extinction! Learn what you can do to save their environment - before its too late!

 

 

12. Australian Native Rockery
A magnificent rockery consisting mostly of spring-flowering Australian native plants. The varieties of native plants showcased here - waratahs, kangaroo paws, flannel flowers, gymea lilies, grevilleas and paper daisies - represent only a fraction of the vast range of Australian native plants.

 

 

13. Palace Rose Garden
The Palace Rose Garden contains around 1800 roses and provides visitors with a range of experiences. Traditional design elements, such as hedges and perennials, are used in conjunction with standard, weeping and bush roses. Roses with striking, bold colours are planted in an exciting and diverse range of bed shapes and sizes. The air is filled with a sense of romance, which only a combination of red, pink and white roses can provide. Click here for more information on the Palace Rose Garden!

 

 

14. Succulent Garden
Desert landscapes are a mosaic of colours, shapes and textures. This garden provides a rare opportunity to experience and closely examine the bizarre shapes of arid-adapted plants.

 

 

15. Sydney Fernery
Find out where ferns grow, what makes them different from other plants, and how ancient some of them are. The Sydney Fernery was opened in 1993, and made possible as the result of a generous gift to the Gardens from the (Vincent) Fairfax Foundation. Other (earlier) ferneries had stood on this site. Architects: John P. Barbacetto, University of Technology, Peter Dorreen & Associates. Engineers: Tierney & Partners. Construction: Torresan Engineering Pty Ltd. Landscaping: staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Open 9 am to 4.30 pm daily.

 

 

16. Sydney Tropical Centre 
Please note: the Tropical Centre is currently closed for redevelopment. 

 

17. Wollemi Pine
This ancient tree is one of the world's rarest plants with only three stands of adult trees growing in New South Wales' Blue Mountains. See the first specimen ever planted out! Click here for more information.

 
   

18. Camellia Garden
Here you will see many camellia species, as well as a wide range of cultivars. Cultivars originate either as hybrids - the offspring of two different species - or as 'sports', unusual variants of a single species. You will also see many Australian-bred cammellias.

Oriental Garden

Herb Garden

Government House Grounds