Lost gardens of Sydney

Sydney's vast sea of roofs belies its rich legacy of gardens and gardening. 

Lost Gardens traces the rise and fall of a number of Sydney gardens and garden styles, from the native bush and significant early colonial gardens, to nurseries and the gardens of the rising middle class, to the small domestic gardens of the inter-war years, to corporate roof-top gardens and threatened gardens of today.

The exhibition is rich with paintings, drawings, photographs, plans, statuary, floral albums and botanical images, and will charm anyone with an interest in gardens and the environment.


In every direction from the city, large estates and gardens have been subdivided and lost to our ever-increasing need for real estate.