Garden sights in Sydney
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Built according to Taoist principles, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is an oasis of tranquillity. Designed by architects from Guangzhou (Sydney’s sister city) for Australia’s bicentenary in 1988, the garden interweaves pavilions, waterfalls, lakes, paths and lush plant life. It’s too serene for words (so shut up and be still).
The Royal Botanic Gardens was established in 1816 as the colony’s veggie patch. The attitude is relaxed – signs say: ‘Please walk on the grass. We also invite you to smell the roses, hug the trees, talk to the birds and picnic on the lawns’. Go exploring, take a free guided walk, or jump on the trackless train if you’ve overdone things.
Highlights include the rose garden, the South Pacific plant collection, the prickly arid garden, a rare Wollemi Pine (an ancient tree only discovered in 1994 in the Blue Mountains), and a colony of bats. Management periodically tries to oust the bats because they destroy vegetation, but they just keep hanging around… The Sydney…