200th birthday blooms set to brighten up Sydney

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The 200th birthday of the Royal Botanic Garden will be celebrated in style this September, with the City of Sydney’s biannual floral displays paying homage to the stunning harbourside garden.

Visitors to the city’s most popular public spaces will enjoy more than 150,000 flowers and native plants in the eight-week Living Colour display from 12 September to 7 November.

City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone said there was no better way of celebrating the garden’s history than with the spring floral displays that delight workers, residents, tourists and visitors every day.

“The Royal Botanic Garden has been a natural refuge in the heart of Sydney since the colonial era, giving Sydneysiders a space where they can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and unwind,” Ms Barone said.

“More than 8,900 plant species have been preserved across 64 hectares of the Royal Botanic Garden and The Domain, giving us a living and breathing gallery of Sydney’s floral history.

“Living Colour has brightened up Sydney twice a year since 2000, but this celebration will hold extra significance as it honours Australia’s oldest botanical garden and living scientific institution.”

Floral displays featuring petunias, marigolds, verbena, herbs and citrus will pop up overnight at popular locations throughout the city centre, Darlinghurst, Pyrmont, Green Square, Taylor Square, Ultimo and Kings Cross.

At the end of the display, plants will be given away to schools, community centres, volunteer and community groups as well as a giveaway on Sunday 13 November at St Marys Cathedral.

All plants will be given away in exchange for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going towards the Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Garden.

“This year has been a remarkable celebration of 200 years for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, highlighting to our city and the world the important role the garden and plants play in our lives,” Kim Ellis, Executive Director of the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands said.

“We could not think of a more colourful, exciting and innovative way to extend the garden into the city for Sydneysiders to enjoy and we appreciate the partnership and support the City of Sydney has shown us.

“This year’s display features imaginatively designed floral arrangements inspired by our 200th birthday and the inaugural exhibition of The Calyx: Sweet Addiction, the botanic story of chocolate.”

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Advisor Alex Cauchi on 0467803815 or acauchi@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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