See science in action at the Garden

Excitement is mounting here at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney as work commences on our Plant Pathology Laboratory upgrade.

By the end of 2017, the ‘emerald curtain’ will have been pulled back on the once hidden science facilities of our ‘Plant Hospital’, where world-class scientists help ensure the safety of Australia’s food crops and native plants.

The Friends and Foundation of the Botanic Gardens have raised more than $400,000 to support this project that will allow visitors to:

  • Watch our passionate ‘plant doctors’ in action as they use their new high tech scientific equipment to help combat the serious threats of plant disease. You can gaze through newly exposed glass windows to see our world-class scientists prepare plant samples, extract DNA for testing and peer down microscopes to uncover new diseases. What an incredible experience for young and old alike!
  • Meander through a new landscaped garden at the front of the lab, learning about the vital role our plant doctors play in protecting plants from disease. Engaging interpretive panels for visitors will explain the process from collecting diseased plant samples, to testing them in the lab, identifying the pathogen, and using the study results to try and get that plant healthy again.
  • Understand that the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is so much more than just beautiful flowerbeds. Your Gardens’ scientists are at the forefront of plant science, and have been for 200 years! The revitalisation of the Plant Pathology Lab will enable our 5 million annual visitors a chance to explore what science in the Gardens means today.

Next time you are in the Sydney Garden, make sure you walk by and see the emerging Plant Pathology Laboratory, exposed from behind its fences. Perhaps you'll see educational panels being erected, or new scientific equipment arriving.