In 2016 the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney turns 200! Join us for a year-long party to celebrate our history and achievements and to discover what the next chapter holds... Get ready to celebrate #Garden200 and join the party.


  • December 2015

  • Dec 31 Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Garden of Colour With the best of Sydney on offer choose from; a sumptuous sit down three-course gourmet dinner at Midnight At The Oasis; a chilled out night market vibe – a feast for the senses and a party with a difference at The Point; and more...
  • January 2016

  • Jan 8, 9, 15 & 16 Story Safari – Hunters and Collectors An enchanting Garden Safari with professional storyteller, Jo Henwood. Children will make their own scientific specimen and plant a mini tropical island.
  • Jan 18 - 22 A Bug’s Adventure – Digital Directors In this fun digital animation workshop, children will make a stop-motion action movie starring a bug! They become the directors for their bug-heroes imaginative adventure.
  • Jan 20 Twilight in the Garden Take a walk at Twilight and discover how peaceful and aromatic the Botanic Garden is at Twilight on this walking tour.
  • Jan 29 Lysicrates Prize 2016 The Lysicrates Prize is Australia’s newest playwriting award and has been inspired by the current restoration of an historic monument in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden: The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates.
  • February 2016

  • Feb 14 Valentine's Day Celebrate Your Love at the Royal Botanic Garden.
  • Feb 20 & 21 Tomato Festival Immerse yourself in the buzz of the award winning Tomato Festival Sydney - take part in cooking workshops, tastings, talks and activities, and the world’s Longest Tomato Lunch!
  • Feb 19 - Mar 6 International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition The world’s premier garden photography exhibition returns with a series of stunning photographs from the 8th International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.
  • March 2016

  • Mar 10 Garden Design Series Karl Gercens
    The five seasons at Longwood and my pursuit of inspiration
  • Mar 14 Saving Seeds Forever: Extreme biology in the cold and try talk by Dr Christina Walters Hear from leading researcher, Dr Christina Walters on how the life of seeds can be maximised and how this is important for the long-term future of food and agriculture.
  • Mar 14 - Apr 29 Scott Sisters Exhibition at the Australian Museum With their collecting boxes, notebooks and paintbrushes, Harriet and Helena Scott entered the masculine world of science and became two of 19th-century Australia’s most prominent natural history illustrators.
  • April 2016

  • Apr 9 - May 1 Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition The best of international scientific botanical illustrators compete for this coveted annual award.
  • Apr 9 - May 1 Botanica at Farm Cove Acknowledged as one of the country’s leading contemporary botanical art exhibitions, this must-see show will showcase stunning works by Australia’s best botanic and natural artists.
  • Apr 9 - 17 IKEBANA into the future Floral arrangements by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, celebrating the botanical beauty of Autumn, one of Japan's most exquisite art forms.
  • Apr 11 - 17 The King and Queen of Green Celebrating the Garden’s very royal 200th with a theatre performance which will introduce us to the ‘realm of rubbish’, plus some jewellery making from recycled rubbish.
  • Apr 16 - 17 Garden Art Festival There’s plant-inspired art of all kinds! Plus creative fun for all with demonstrations of botanical illustration, painting and ikebana, as well as workshops for adults and kids.
  • Apr 18 - 22 Capturing Nature – Art and Science Discover how botanic illustrations assist scientists to classify plants and try your hand at botanical illustration. Perfect for children!
  • Apr 21 Garden Design Series Paul Bangay
    Influences, mentors, projects and travels - a conversation with Paul Bangay & Trisha Dixon
  • May 2016

  • May 19 Garden Design Series Richard Unsworth
    Creating gardens with impact and beauty as out outdoor spaces become smaller
  • May 21 New Shoots: Poems inspired by plants From the pulped pages of our favourite books to the emergence of eco-poetics, plants and poems have long been entwined.
  • May 27 - Jun 18 Vivid Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas lights up the Royal Botanic Garden to celebrate the 200th birthday.
  • November 2016

  • New Shoots: Poetic Pathways Coinciding with the 200th Birthday, poets have been commissioned to create poetic pathways that will be installed in the Garden.