Spring into The Australian Botanic Garden
Ah spring. The season of new beginnings. The days start getting longer and warmer. Seeds sprout, nature is reinvigorated and it seems everyone comes out of hibernation. If you're feeling inspired to celebrate the new season in Sydney, I can recommend a visit to the Australian Botanic Garden.
Located on D'harawal country in Mount Annan, the Australian Botanic Garden holds the honour of being the largest botanic garden in Australia. Amongst the 416 hectares of gardens, you will find around 3,000 species of native plants, more than 300 animal species, and certainl,y enjoy a feast for the senses.
The first thing you will notice when you arrive is the magnificent ribbon of pink and white paper daisies surrounding the Connections Garden. This Insta-popular attraction is made up of over a million Western Australian paper daisies, creating the largest display of these wildflowers in Eastern Australia.
The seeds are sown in autumn as the soil cools down, then grow slowly through winter, developing a strong root system, resulting in a prolific display of flowers in spring, usually from early September to mid-October. The flowers are laden with pollen, attracting native bees and other insects, so you may hear a definite buzz in the air.
After you've taken dozens of photos of thespectacularr paper daisies, you may wish to discover some of the other plants which are flowering during spring including wattle, flannel flowers, banksia, grevilleas, waratahs and eucalyptus trees to name just a few.
Elsewhere in the Connections Garden, you'll want to check out the lush rainforest vegetation and water feature. The shaded trails of this garden create a very soothing environment with an uninterrupted natural soundtrack of running water and chirping frogs.
In the Connections Garden, you'll find information about the development of plants over time and the connections between people and the natural world. While you're there, make sure you wander past the floral bee sculptures at the entrance to this garden.
It's no secret that spending time in the great outdoors is good for you. As you stroll around the gardens you'll feel the sunlight warm your skin. You'll hear the buzz of bees and the calls of birds. You'll smell the scent of eucalyptus and fresh soil in the air. You can think of it as a natural prescription to lower stress and anxiety levels and increase your levels of wellbeing.
If you have time to spend a few hours in the garden, I would suggest packing a picnic and enjoying one of the beautiful picnic areas, such as the Wattle Garden, Banksia Garden or the Lakeside Lawn.
Alternatively, you might want to check out the facilities at The Australian PlantBank
or National Herbarium of NSW.
Garden tours also run at 11am every Friday, during Spring and Autumn. Click here
for more information.
The garden is open every day of the year. During Spring, the garden is open from 8am - 5pm. Entry to the garden is via Narellan Road, Mount Annan.
For more information about planning your visit to the garden, please click here.
To keep up to date with what's happening in the garden, you can follow on Facebook here.
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