Florilegium: plant stories from Sydney Living Museums' gardens
From the lost inner-city garden of NSW Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay at Elizabeth Bay and the extensive grounds of William Charles Wentworth’s Vaucluse harbourside villa, to the mid-century plantings surrounding Rose Seidler’s modernist home and the Bunya-dotted rural setting of Rouse Hill House & Farm, SLM’s gardens reveal captivating stories spanning more than 200 years.
Select a plant story below to discover the living history of SLM’s gardens.
Florilegium: Sydney’s painted garden
This exhibition celebrates the renaissance in the long tradition of botanic art and demonstrates the botanical and horticultural development of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and its links with domestic gardens and the public landscapes of New South Wales over 200 years from 1816 to 2016.
Recently added stories
A stitch in time
Tatting, knotting, knitting, pin-tucking, crocheting, pinking, stitching, stuffing, embroidering … needles fly when Sydney Living Museums’ volunteer Soft Furnishings Group (SFG) converges twice a month at Elizabeth Bay House to create, re-create and maintain existing furnishings for our historic places.
Anzacs before ANZAC
Anzac biscuits are relatively humble but extraordinarily practical, made with simple ingredients such as oats, flour, brown sugar or golden syrup, a stick of butter and coconut (which is optional, historically speaking) and they keep well. They are easy to make and fill the kitchen with inviting aromas.