Dreams of Sydney
by Cliff Sharples (chief cultivator)
Amazingly red canas were in full bloom, with the famous Sydney Opera House in the background
Inspired by our first Australian member, I pulled out some photos from our trip to Sydney, where we toured some great gardens and garden centers.
The stereotypes are true! Australians really do seem to be more laid back, more fun-loving... and ever so friendly. My wife Lisa and I spent a week in Sydney in 2008 for the launch of AllRecipes Australia. We ate fantastic food. Met wonderful foodies. Drank some delicious wine... And, of course, got to see a wonderfully foriegn (and some not so foriegn) palette of great plants.
While Lisa went to various press events, I wandered the Royal Botanic Garden in the heart of Sydney. Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular positions. It's the Central Park of the city, where roller bladers, bikers, runners, kids, botanists and young couples all merge, keenly aware of how lucky they are to be able to enjoy such a beautiful resource.
Attached are some of my favoriet images and plants from the few days I spent wandering the gardens.
australia, sydney, royal botanic garden, Garden Tours