View across green grass to city skyline.

The Domain. Photo Pamela Amores © Sydney Living Museums

Garden

From city parks to open spaces and gardens, join us as we explore the green spaces around us – now more important than ever!

Garden ambassador

Georgina Reid, Founder of The Planthunter 

We’re excited to have Georgina Reid as our Garden ambassador. Discover a new perspective on the natural world with Georgina's experience as writer, designer and founding editor of The Planthunter, as we explore the importance of green spaces this Sydney Open. 

The Planthunter has grown an international reputation for its fierce commitment to documenting, exploring, and questioning the endlessly curious and varied ways humans relate to the natural world. In addition to editing The Planthunter, Georgina contributes to a range of design and culture publications and speaks regularly about her work. Georgina’s first book, The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos, and Plants was released by Thames and Hudson in 2018. She is currently editing a new print journal titled Wonderground, launching in early 2021.

Enjoy a special photo essay from Georgina providing insights into her own gardening world.

Q&A with Georgina


 

Self-guided audio tour

Parks and Gardens

with Colleen Morris

Self-guided audio tour, 2 hours

Hear from landscape heritage consultant, author and curator, Colleen Morris as she guides you through the parks and gardens of the CBD and discusses their relevance for today. 

Wander through public gardens and enjoy fascinating insights into the importance of green space in conversation with Colin Bisset, writer, traveller and contributor to ABC Radio National's Blueprint for living. Participants will require their own headphones and device.

Use our handy web app or download here:

   Get it on Google Play


 

Exhibition

Paradise on Earth

Museum of Sydney

Paradise on Earth is a celebration of the career and legacy of Marion Mahony Griffin that will enchant visitors of all ages. Imagine a place where the natural and built world exist in perfect balance; where the sounds, colours and smells of Sydney’s bush and harbour meld into a sensual fusion of vitality and mystery. In 1920s Sydney, architect Marion Mahony Griffin, in collaboration with her husband and creative partner, Walter Burley Griffin, created this ideal at Castlecrag, a ‘model residential suburb’ built on the picturesque shores of Middle Harbour.

Today, 100 years after the establishment of Castlecrag, and 150 years since Marion Mahony Griffin’s birth, Paradise on Earth explores Mahony’s extraordinary vision and her ongoing inspiration to artists, architects, historians and urban planners. Dramatic installations, immersive digital experiences and stunning objects illustrate her unique approach to art, architecture and design.

Visit the exhibition


 

Watch

Secrets of Vaucluse House gardens

Join Sydney Living Museums garden and horticultural experts as they take you on a tour of the gardens of Vaucluse House in Spring.

Vaucluse House is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am–4pm.
The Gardens are open daily, 24 hours.

From the SLM collections

Read stories about some of our significant gardens, explore our Plant your history blog and learn more about some of our garden-related past exhibitions as well as garden-related content in our collections.

  • Plant your history

    In the Plant your history blog, Sydney Living Museums’ gardening staff and curators share their knowledge and observations about the gardens at SLM. 

    Explore the blog

  • Florilegium: plant stories from our 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.

    Read our garden stories

  • Garden ornaments and decoration

    In the collection at Vaucluse House a handful of decorative green glazed perforated tiles, or blocks, survive as orphaned relics of 19th century garden ornament on the estate. These Chinese tiles are just one example of many garden ornaments and decorations found in our collections.

    See the Chinese decorative tiles

  • From the collection: the garden year with Mr Bear

    This charming children’s book was published in Sydney in late 1937 or early 1938 by the Australian seed company Arthur Yates & Co. It’s Just one item from a large collection of books about Australian gardens, gardening, gardeners gifted to us by the late Professor Richard Clough AM through the Commonwealth Cultural Gifts Program. 

    Enjoy reading about The garden year with Mr Bear


 

Online shop

Rogue: Art of a Garden
$95
The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Plants
$59.99
The Conservatory: Gardens Under Glass
$120
An Australian Garden
$70