Healing land, remembering Country
Healing land, remembering Country, on display at Elizabeth Farm from 14 November, provides an exciting opportunity for Sydney Living Museums to further engage visitors in the Indigenous stories present throughout our sites.
Explore the garden
Little remains of John and Elizabeth Macarthur’s garden, with subdivisions reducing the total size of their property from over 120 hectares to less than one. But thanks to documentary and archaeological evidence, the remaining garden has been carefully reconstructed to reflect the Macarthurs’ time in the house and the site’s former glory.
Using original sketches, we were able to establish the types of plants that grew during the Macarthurs’ time. Pink China roses, lilies and a river gum tree were planted on the basis of a sketch by the artist Conrad Martens, and a beautiful veggie patch was established in recognition of the larger fruit and vegetable garden that once grew on the estate.
The site is now perfect for a family day out; once you’ve explored the house, you can borrow a picnic blanket and relax in the sun. Bring a picnic from home or there’s also a tearoom that serves snacks and drinks.