An Oasis in Sydney Part 1
One of the most memorable gardens I visited on a recent trip to Australia was Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, right along the harbour front in the heart of the city. Established in 1816, it is the oldest botanic garden and scientific institution in Australia – home to an outstanding collection of plants from around the world with a focus on Australia and the South Pacific.
I rose early on a quiet Sunday morning and walked from our hotel, The Establishment, just a few blocks with a camera and journal in hand. While I didn’t explore the pavilions or exhibits, I was able to parcel out a generous walkthrough the property from one end to the other before lunch. The scale and situation of the RBG is spectacular with such diversity of stock and landscape. I particularly remember the Cacti Cactus and Succulents area – a terrific selection of specimens, many of which were in full flower.
The architecture and sculptures were also fascinating and diverse, providing great visual anchor points as I toured through. I’ve highlighted some of my favourites in this Garden Adventures feature. If you ever have the privilege to visit Sydney, I’d highly recommend some time in your plans for this magnificent urban oasis.