The Cumberland Plain Woodland surrounding the Australian PlantBank is a critically endangered ecosystem under threat from invasive species and the urbanisation of Western Sydney.
How was the landscape designed?
The PlantBank landscape, designed by landscape architects 360 Degrees
, has three main elements:
- The first section, or 'woodland creep', adjacent to the critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland, brings together a continuous groundcover layer of native grasses (e.g.Themeda triandra, Microlaena stipoides) and a shrub layer (e.g. Bursaria spinosa, Indigofera australis and Dodonaea viscosa subsp. cuneata), planted with a density that balances biomass with Bushfire and Asset Protection Zone (APZ) constraints.
- The second section, the entry 'cut' through the embankment, is a dramatic introduction to the building that engages and welcomes visitors and staff to the Australian PlantBank.
- The third section is the Living Laboratory or 'an abstracted woodland garden', a collection of plant experiments vital to the Australian PlantBank’s conservation research. Many Australian plant species are just beginning their journey from wild habitat to suburban garden; others have the potential to provide food, textiles or medicines. Here visitors and staff observe and study local wild plants.
Facts and figures: the PlantBank landscape
What species are in the garden beds?
The understorey species in the landscape include Cheilanthes sieberi, Cheilanthes distans, Pellaea falcata, Poa labillardierei, Einadia nutans subsp. linifolia, Indigofera australis, Themeda australis, Plectranthus parviflorus, Ozothamnus diosmifolius, Hardenbergia violacea, Pimelea spicata, Goodenia hederacea, Chloris truncata, Scaevola albida, Sida corrugata, Eremophila debilis, Microlaena stipoides, Wahlenbergia stricta, Calotis lappulacea, Chloris ventricosa, Lomandra filiformis, Ajuga australis, Chrysocephalum apiculatum, Mentha satureoides, Rubus parvifolius, Sorghum leiocladum, Rhodanthe anthemoides, Ranunculus lappaceus and Linum marginale.