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18 Jun 2018

The Calyx celebrates two years of brilliance and splendour

Opened in June 2016 as a legacy of the Garden’s 200th birthday year, The Calyx continues to bloom with botanic beauty housing the largest indoor green wall in the Southern Hemisphere. In just two short years, the vibrant horticultural displays and award-winning architecture makes this peaceful spot one of the most dynamic and unique cultural destinations in Australia.

With three vibrant floral displays, rotating art exhibitions, weddings, musical entertainment, education and science events – The Calyx has hosted hundreds of thousands of Sydneysiders and guests from every corner of the globe.

Living floral art displays

In the first two years, the ever changing setting of The Calyx has been transformed into three exhibitions – Sweet Addiction, All About Flowers and Pollination designed by the Director of Horticulture at the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, Jimmy Turner.

The interior green wall is ingenious in its simplicity allowing the Garden’s talented horticultural team to slot in up to 18,049 potted plants in shelves screened from sight. The Calyx is essentially a living art gallery and a theatrical experience rolled into one.

The Calyx is a fusion of art, theatre and flora, with themed exhibitions that address conservation and environmental issues in an imaginative, accessible way.
Jimmy Turner, Director of Horticulture Management at the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands

A jewel in the Garden

The award-winning design of The Calyx also extends to the outdoor space that has reinvented the way guests engage with the Garden. From star-gazing to high-tea and fitness classes or live music – this hotspot has popular alfresco experiences too.

The next metamorphosis

We still have a few tricks up our sleeve and will be debuting a new display later this year. Jimmy and his team have been working tirelessly over the past 18 months to design and deliver another ground breaking floral display.

Visitors still have until 15 August to enjoy Pollination before the next display is unveiled. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates closures and the opening of the new display. We can't wait to show it you!

Category: Venues
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