a fusion of art, theatre and flora

11 Jun 2016 - 17 Apr 2017, The Calyx, Sydney

Now showing

  Now showing

See another side of nature and experience its stories in an unexpected way through Sweet Addiction – the botanic story of chocolate.

Sweet Addiction is the first exhibition to open in The Calyx, a world-class horticultural exhibition space and Sydney’s newest must-see attraction. 

From the depths of a South American rainforest, journey through chocolate plantations, ancient history, and a Lindt chocolate mill as you learn amazing things you never knew about chocolate. See the awe-inspiring interior green wall – the southern hemisphere’s largest green wall complete with over 18,000 plants!

Sweet Addiction is designed as a 30 minute self-guided experience. Entry includes an audio tour, with versions suitable for both adults and children (aged 5-12). Tickets on sale now! Schools wishing to book a visit to The Calyx please contact school.excursions@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Interactive chocolate-themed events will take place throughout the exhibition period. Watch the video above to get your first taste of Sweet Addiction.

  • The green wall

    Sweet Addiction features the southern hemisphere’s largest interior green wall, with over 18,000 plants arranged into living artworks related to the theme of Chocolate, and more.

  • Venue

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    The Calyx is a new world-class horticultural exhibition experience – the first of its kind in Australia, and a legacy of the Garden’s 200th Birthday in 2016.  

  • Tickets

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    Adults: $15  
    Senior/Concession: $9.50  
    Children under 16: FREE  

    Ticket sales support the work of our science, horticulture & conservation projects.

Available for stunning and exclusive events

Available for stunning and exclusive events

Offering spaces for sit-down and cocktail events, The Calyx is the perfect setting for something truly spectacular. Suitable for indoor and outdoor events such as dinners, seminars, weddings and more.

Trippas White Group is the exclusive hospitality partner of The Calyx, providing premium services and event menus exploring Australia’s best and sustainable produce. Guests can immerse themselves in the greenery, while sipping on wine and indulging in food curated to reflect the garden, surrounds and exhibitions.

Offering spaces for sit-down and cocktail events, this premium venue is the perfect setting for something truly spectacular and out of the ordinary. The versatile venue is suitable for a range of indoor and outdoor corporate and private events such as celebrations, incentives, dinners, seminars, weddings and more. Work with our events specialists to develop an engaging and impactful event experience for your guests.

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Discover The Calyx

  Discover The Calyx

So, what is a calyx and what does it mean? Read on to find out more:

The Calyx (pron. kal-iks) is defined as ‘the sepals of a flower, typically forming a whorl that encloses the petals and forms a protective layer around a flower in bud’.

The Calyx is the Garden’s new world-class attraction featuring horticultural exhibition that opened on 11 June 2016 to celebrate the Garden’s 200th Birthday.

  • Think of it as both a living art gallery and a theatrical experience that houses ever-changing living botanic exhibitions. The Calyx is a place to inspire and capture imagination, an enchanting and magical experience where plants will take you on a journey of discovery.
  • The Calyx is a contemporary and engaging experience set within the beauty and tradition of the Garden aiming to inspire a new generation of advocates for plants and the environment, transforming the view of the natural world.
  • The whole space is an integrated mix of indoor and outdoor areas with the exhibition changing dramatically each year, reinventing itself through emotively themed exhibitions changing every nine months.
  • Construction of the building took just over 11 months and the highest point inside the building is 5.5m!

Watch the video and learn all about The Calyx and its importance as Sydney's newest attraction.

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Sweet Addiction includes an audio guide, designed as a self-guided 30-45 minute experience:

10.00 am session: you can enter any time between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm.
1.00 pm session: you can enter any time between 1.00 pm and 3.45 pm.

Please note the exhibition closes at 4pm. We encourage you to allow plenty of time to enjoy the exhibit.

Foundation & Friends' Members must show a valid Membership Card at the door for each ticket purchased.

Every ticket purchased supports the work of our science, horticulture and conservation projects.

Tickets can be purchased at the venue by Credit Card only. All major credit cards are accepted, except Amex.



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The Calyx and its inaugural exhibition, Sweet Addiction, would not be possible without the help of the following: 

Sweet Addiction Major Partner


The Calyx Major Supporters