Dichorisandra thyrsiflora 
Blue ginger

Beverly Allen, 2008. © The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

Blue ginger in the garden at Elizabeth Farm

Blue ginger was collected for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew by botanical explorers James Bowie and Allan Cunningham on their 1814–16 Brazilian expedition, shortly before Cunningham was dispatched to NSW. The striking subtropical plant was sold at William Macarthur’s Camden Park nursery, and today grows at Elizabeth Farm, his childhood home.

Photo Anita Rayner © Sydney Living Museums.

Eastern garden at Elizabeth Farm

The garden at Elizabeth Farm has been re-created to evoke the character of the garden during the Macarthur era, based on family correspondence, visual records and catalogues of plants grown by William Macarthur at his nursery at Camden Park. These early colonial plants nestle alongside remnant trees and shrubs planted by the homestead’s 20th-century owners. 

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

Blue ginger

Dichorisandra thyrsiflora