Why create gardens based on different biomes?
Our natural world shows huge variation. Temperature, soil, rainfall and topography all vary, and plants are adapted to these different conditions. Even small gardens have different microclimates - shady, windy or sunny areas, as well as different soils and climates. Gardeners can use a knowledge of biomes to select suitable plants for different locations in the garden. People also love to create gardens with many styles, themes and plant collections such as the crazy shapes, spikes and textures of cacti and succulents, or the lush greens of palms, ferns and vines from the tropics.
Biome Gardens with the Greater Sydney Botanic Gardens
Botanic gardens are living collections of many types of plants from different climates, altitudes and latitudes from all over the world. How many gardens based on different biomes can you identify in the following film clips?
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
The Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan