The Calyx at Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden has re-opened and what better way to celebrate than with an exhibition that immerses visitors in the serenity of the mysterious world of flowers.
God knows, we all need some serenity in our lives with all that's been going on this year with the Coronavirus pandemic and this space of colour and light, aptly named inBLOOM, provides both beauty and tranquility as well as education on the role colour plays in ecology.
As with past exhibitions in The Calyx, inBLOOM will showcase a spectrum of visual delights and this one will have over 18,000 plants of all colours gracing the ground beds as well as the living green wall that's been compared to a gigantic watercolour painting.
The past 'All About Flowers' exhibition a few years back - the type of beauty The Calyx is renowned for
Curated by the garden's horticultural team, an onslaught of aromas from breathtaking shades of lime yellow to marmalade orange and bright pink to vivid red blooms will no doubt touch many of your senses and have you in awe. Discover new plants, tropical plants and rainforest trees as you learn about these natural machines designed for reproduction and survival, and how they signal to their pollinators with scent, shape and colour.
Just some of the blooms you'll find in The Calyx and around the gardens
Adding a new dimension, for the first time, is the creation of a small river with a waterfall in the rainforest garden bed. The sound of water will certainly soothe your soul.
Marvel at the many hours it takes to put together such a wondrous display and, whilst there, enjoy a bite to eat at the cafe or pick up a treasure from the retail shop. Be sure to take a walk around the rest of the botanic gardens too. I know that each time I visit I always discover a new area or sculpture, as well as beauty in different seasons.
One of many sculptures to discover around the gardens
You can find The Calyx at the opposite end of the gardens to the Opera House, on Mrs Macquaries Road. Public transport is recommended as street parking is limited.
Entry to the exhibition is by donation with opening hours set at 10am-4pm, daily. It runs for around 12 months and, over the course, it will also feature a series of art exhibits, book launches, workshops, tours, music and food-focused events.
Note that strict physical distancing and hygiene practices will be observed due to COVID-19. You will need to provide your name and contact details to support contact tracing and bring a credit or debit card for any purchases as cash won't be accepted.
So escape the daily humdrum and let plants lift your mood, provide you with inspiration and possibilities for your own garden, as you enjoy the surrounding views.