The 200th birthday of the Royal Botanic Garden will be celebrated in style this September, with the City of Sydney’s biannual floral displays paying homage to the stunning harbourside garden.
Visitors to the city’s most popular public spaces will enjoy more than 150,000 flowers and native plants in the eight-week Living Colour display from 12 September to 7 November.
"There is no better way of celebrating the garden’s history than with the spring floral displays that delight workers, residents, tourists and visitors every day," according to City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone.
“The Royal Botanic Garden has been a natural refuge in the heart of Sydney since the colonial era, giving Sydneysiders a space where they can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and unwind,” Barone said.
The Botanic Gardens is considered Australia's oldest scientific institution in Australia, having played a major role in the acclimatisation of plants from other regions since its earliest days of being founded by Governor Macquarie as part of the Governor's Domain in 1816. from there it began a long history of collecting and studying plants with the appointment of the first Colonial Botanist, Charles Fraser, in 1817.
“More than 8,900 plant species have been preserved across 64 hectares of the Royal Botanic Garden and The Domain, giving us a living and breathing gallery of Sydney’s floral history," Barone said.
“Living Colour has brightened up Sydney twice a year since 2000, but this celebration will hold extra significance as it honours Australia’s oldest botanical garden and living scientific institution.”
The gardens also enjoy a rich Indigenous history where, in order to celebrate the original owners of the land in which the gardens preside, local Aboriginal communities work together to create themed gardens and displays, educational programs, guided tours and publications to acknowledge the significance of these lands to Aboriginal people, past and present.
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Floral displays featuring petunias, marigolds, verbena, herbs and citrus will pop up overnight at popular locations throughout the city centre, Darlinghurst, Pyrmont, Green Square, Taylor Square, Ultimo and Kings Cross.
At the end of the display, plants will be given away to schools, community centres, volunteer and community groups as well as a giveaway on Sunday 13 November at St Mary's Cathedral.
All plants will be given away in exchange for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going towards the Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Garden.
“This year has been a remarkable celebration of 200 years for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, highlighting to our city and the world the important role the garden and plants play in our lives,” Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands Executive Director Kim Ellis said.
“We could not think of a more colourful, exciting and innovative way to extend the garden into the city for Sydneysiders to enjoy and we appreciate the partnership and support the City of Sydney has shown us."
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