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by Telani Kumar (subscribe)
A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published February 18th 2014
A Sample of Sydney's Floral Scene

"Don't hurry, don't worry. You're only here for a short visit. So be sure and stop to smell the flowers." And when you stop to look around, you will find that these fluorescent and fragrant pieces of nature really are everywhere. Inspired by this quote of Walter Hagen that I love, I decided to make a little list of the locations around Sydney where we can witness some wonderful floral displays. In doing this, I have realised that there seems to be an endless variety in the flowers flourishing around us.

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1. Suburban Streets

One great place to start when seeking floral beauties is close to home. Pretty much all residential areas of Sydney, apart from perhaps the dead-centre of CBD-type locations, have their fair share of flowers along the streets. Take a stroll around your neighbourhood and I am sure that if you pay attention to detail, you will find many more vibrant plantations than you may previously have noticed around. Here are a few bright and beautiful flowers that I have found decorating suburban streets.


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Pink flowers curtain the walls of a Redfern terrace house.


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Red flowers in overhead pots brighten Glebe Point Road.


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Purple flowers make an ordinary wall look rather artistic.

2. Indoors

While not as abundant and elaborate, the sheltered and enclosed venues of Sydney do have their share of floral arrangements. You may find flowers adding splashes of colour to rooms, or enhancing a venue's exotic ambience. Here are some vibrant displays I have seen recently.

Restaurants & Cafes

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'The Grounds' in Alexandria has beautiful purple orchards on the tables - gives a bit of a tropical feeling.

Naturally, I think that flowers in an artistic arrangement enhance the aesthetic value of any room. They make the scene you are dining or sipping on a drink in all the more pleasant and relaxing. This definitely applies to The Grounds in Alexandria.

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The 'exotic island' feel is added to be the bright tropical-looking floral arrangement in Teras Balinese restaurant.

Oriental-inspired restaurants in Sydney are made all the more authentic and beautiful by floral decorations. This is the case with Teras Balinese restaurant in Walsh Bay.


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Flowers add colour to Sze Yup Chinese Temple in Glebe - and make it all the more exotic-looking!

Sze Yup temple has many floral arrangements - that both decorate the antique cultural building and add to the serene ambience it emanates.

You will probably now notice more colourful floral decorations in restaurants, cafes, etc. Enjoy these small but elegant pieces.

3. Parks and gardens

Then, of course, you have the go-to parks and gardens in and around Sydney that you visit when in the mood for some quality time with nature.

Cronulla Park

One park that always seems to have beautiful flower-beds is the park opposite Cronulla station. It also seems to have a regularly changing colour-scheme among these flowers.

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This photo from summer 2013 show the pink colour-scheme of the flowers in this park. Recently, I noted that they are red and white.

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens of Sydney is flourishing with an extensive variety of plants and the flowers that they bloom. Take a walk across the large parkland to enjoy this diversity. The frangipani in the picture below is just one of the many colourful flowers I spotted through the gardens.

5. Everywhere in Jacaranda season

Last for my article, but definitely not least in terms of the floral scenery you can be treated to around Sydney, are the several places that you can find jacarandas. Jacarandas often line suburban streets, easily spotted a mile away by their luminescent purple flowers. They also decorate some of Sydney's prominent locations, particularly come end of spring and early summer. These include Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.

Darling Harbour

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Peeping through fountains at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour - an interesting perspective of Jacaranda trees.

Sydney University

One place that is lit up by Jacaranda trees is Sydney University - although for some students this is bad news as the rumour goes you should have begun studying for exams by the time these trees bloom. In particular you should check out the jacaranda tree in the quadrangle during blooming season - it only further beautifies the neat, old-English style courtyard. Quite a serene and picturesque place.

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The Jacaranda tree in the Quad at Sydney University.

That's all for my list of 'Sydney Flowers' - I have included a few different locations and contexts in which flowers decorate Sydney. You will notice them everywhere really, and as I said at the outset, you should slow down, relax whenever you can, and savour the scent and sight of the flowers that surround us.
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Orchards on the table?
Must be a big venue
How about orchids?
by donna1 (score: 0|2) 2771 days ago
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