A garden is a grand teacher

Following our visit to the beach on our first full day in Sydney, we decided on the Royal Botanic Gardens for our second day. Again, we had visited last year, but on a day when it was raining intermittently, so it was definitely on our list to go to when the sun was shining.

We walked there past St Mary’s Cathedral, a 19th century gothic cathedral to be found on College Street. It’s quite an imposing building. From there we strolled into the Domain, an area of 34 hectares that borders onto the Botanic Gardens.  This is an area to walk, jog, have a picnic and is also a popular venue for outdoor concerts and open-air events.

St Mary’s Cathedral
Sphinx in The Domain
The entrance

Now as regular readers know, I love going to botanical gardens.  There is always something different to see, and they change with the seasons.  Maybe this comes from all the times I went with my parents to the fantastic ones in Edinburgh?  Anyway, here are some of the things we saw.

A giant bee
Lily pond by the café
Memorial to Alan Cumming, botanist

There is a fantastic view of the Opera House too from near the Main Pond (which is home to eels, who slide over the grass to get there from the water in the bay….).

The gardens are free to get in, and there are tours and things going on if you are interested. Or just stroll about, enjoying all around you.

And yes third post with Sydney Harbour Bridge as the featured image!!


Title: A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. Gertrude Jekyll  “Wood and Garden: Notes and Thoughts, Practical and Critical, of a Working Amateur”, Cambridge University Press.

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