Lush Grevilleas at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan
Large natives at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan are taking full shape. See the spidery tendrils of the burnt orange and ruby-toned species from the Grevillea genus, lined throughout the largest botanic garden in Australia. The grevilleas offer a chance to experience wildlife up close, with nectar feeding birds like Wattlebirds, Eastern Spinebills, and Noisy Friarbirds flocking to the area.
Visit the array of native grassland swathes spilling over their beds at the National Herbarium of New South Wales, where over 1.4 million plant specimens are kept in sealed vaults and used for plant conservation research. You can take an Australian PlantBank tour and discover how plant material from native species are preserved and studied as an insurance policy against their extinction in the wild.
The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is also a place of healing and reflection, chosen by the Stolen Generations as a site for acknowledgment. Explore the newly restored Stolen Generations Memorial, a sculptural sandstone centrepiece by artist Uncle “Badger” Bates. The artwork portrays the tragic consequences of separating Aboriginal children from their families, encouraging contemplation and peace.
Grevellia 'Sunset Bronze' growing at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.