With just a few hours available for a visitor on foot, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens were an excellent choice for their ease of access from public transit. The gardens are located on the Sydney Harbor. The Opera House, famous for its unique architecture, can be seen from the gardens. The Royal Botanic Gardens cover around 75 acres and were established 200 years ago. The year 2016 will mark this anniversary with special events.

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There’s a section in the Royal Botanic Gardens that shows how to grow and maintain an ‘ecological’ lawn, thereby reducing watering needs in a country with frequent dry spells and brush fires.

The Palace Rose Garden displays 1,700 different roses. Gardeners who grow roses know how high-maintenance these can be. Efforts to grow roses in a more sustainable way are described in the Palace Rose Garden.

Other photos are showing some highlights of the gardens for a first-time visitor from ‘up above’.

Three species of birds were observed on the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens during this brief visit – the Australian white ibis, the masked lapwing and the dusky moorhen. Those birds can be seen here.

Conservatorium of Music building

Although not part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, this building is briefly mentioned here because of its unique architecture and origin, and because it is very visible from the garden grounds. It was built without authorization in 1821 by a convict architect as a stables for a Government House that materialized only 26 years later!

Please click on the photos below to enlarge them and read their captions at the bottom. You can also enlarge the photos even more by clicking on the enlargement button at the top of the already enlarged photos.

About the tilted tree below: it is most likely a Cook pine, and here’s an article that explains why’s it’s tilted. Scientists have just discovered that this is a tree that responds to its location relative to the Equator and will tilt toward it, with an angle that increases (up to 8%) with the distance from the Equator.

A site about Gardens and Monarch Butterflies