Went for a long walk around the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan out near Cambelltown in Sydney. [Sunday 4th September] Last time I was there was about 10 years ago in 2000… there was not a lot there aside from a basic tea room cafe and some early plantings, some plans for the various gardens areas and some woodland walking areas. I remember them advertising for people to join up for a bush care group as the place had a lot of environmental and weed issues like the infestation of African Olives – to name only one.
Things have improved a lot and on sunday the place was packed with people doing picnics and many areas had some spectacular spring displays on.
The thing that immediately impressed me was the bush food section which is located directly near the main service buildings and car park. It is protected and well maintained. The climate is still pretty hostile but they have got some amazing results with some plants.
I nearly fell over when I realised the high hedge next to the main path was just a wall of finger limes – citrus australasica, davidson plums and various other huge healthy natives. There were numerous and various other interesting inter plantings like eugenia’s and a bunch of the native pelargoniums littorale or australe, austromytus etc.