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.
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Sarah Pettit, the Macarthurs’ first servant?
The vast array of documents associated with Elizabeth Farm list hundreds of employees, both men and women, from assigned and emancipated convicts to those ‘born free’ in the colony. One significant name has, however, remained elusive – the very first. Now curator Dr Scott Hill has discovered a likely candidate.