Seeing native plants in gardens and reserves
There are some wonderful places to visit to see native plants, both in their natural world, and in public gardens.
Public native gardens in Sydney region
The Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan
Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve at Kareela
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at St Ives
Stony Range Botanic Garden at Dee Why
Sylvan Grove Native Garden at Picnic Point
Illawarra Grevillea Park at Bulli
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Public native gardens outside Sydney
Booderee Botanic Gardens, Jervis Bay
Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum, Mumbil, near Wellington
Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens, Batemans Bay
North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour
The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
Below is a selection of stories about some of these public places.
District Group support
Our District Groups support many community places, working closely with the community to share our knowledge and passion for Australian plants and their habitats and make plants available to the public. Examples include:
On a beautiful autumn afternoon last weekend, we headed off to Callala Bay to seek out the Callala Creek Reserve boardwalk. The boardwalk has been recently reopened after being damaged by fires at the end of 2016 and sits between Callala Bay and Callala Beach taking in the Callala Creek salt marsh. The walk consists of constructed recycled plastic boards and areas of open bush paths. The boards allow visitors to walk through the Sepp14 wetland without causing damage to the wetland itself.
This small area contains a number of different vegetation communities including Swamp Oak floodplain forest dominated by Casuarina glauca, where the graceful sprays of Dendrobium teretifolium (Bridal Veil orchids) can be found in early spring.
Examples of both Swamp sclerophyll forest and Bangalay sands forest are traversed...more
Three members of APS NSG went “on holidays” and ventured to Loftus on the balmy Saturday morning. We arrived just in time to join Rhonda leading the group on the guided tour of the beautiful Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve.
As with Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens, the initial development of this area as a native reserve was due to the foresight of keen conservationists some fifty years ago. Conditions have changed over the reserve’s life and plantings are reflecting these. For example, the rainforest area is no longer as cool and shady so the plants that once thrived are struggling, so other plantings are now occurring. Sutherland Shire Council and APS Sutherland Group have recently undertaken some major improvements of the Reserve...more
This garden and nursery has been an institution for many years for those interested in Australian plants and is well worth a visit.
There are several walks through the grounds including a rainforest walk.
A large range of plants are for sale, including some grafted Eremophilas, some of which disappeared into the back of my car with lightning like speed. One of my favourite plants was among them, that being Eremophila mackinnleyi. This impressive Eremophila is to be seen to great advantage at the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens at Port Augusta (along with with many other Eremophilas and small Eucalypts)...more
Kevin Stokes from Newcastle Group is fascinated by eucs and suggests a visit to the Currency Creek Eucalyptus Arboretum in South Australia can be a rewarding experience. 'The main purpose of Currency Creek Arboretum (CCA) is research into Australia's dominant natural group of plants, the eucalypts (genera Angophora, Eucalyptus and Corymbia).
Currency Creek Arboretum was established and is managed by Dean Nicolle and is largely self-funded. The arboretum has the largest collection of Eucalypt species in the world, with over 900 species and subspecies (and over 8000 individual plants). This is almost double the number of Eucalypt taxagrown on any other one site elsewhere. Major plantings continue most years.'...more
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