Photos from SMSA’s Royal Botanic Gardens tour

What better way to spend a winter morning than a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens?

The day had a rather chilly start, with members sheltering from a downpour under one of garden’s numerous trees. Luckily the weather cleared quickly and the members on the tour were able to stay dry during the History and Heritage Tour. Our amiable and knowledgeable guide, Paul Nicholson, lead the group on an informative 90 minute walk in celebration of the gardens 200th birthday, starting at the opulent Woolloomoolo Gates and finishing down by the sparkling Sydney Harbour.

Along the way, Paul shared the history of the Royal Botanic Gardens, including how they acquired some of their of oldest and most important plants. We saw examples of the differences between plants used by traditional land owners, the Gadigal people and those introduced by European settlers. Paul explained how particular areas of the gardens were built and pointed out what remains of the once grand Garden Palace Exhibition Building that burned down in 1882.

Following the tour, we headed over to the Pavilion Cafe in The Domain, for a relaxing cuppa and a muffin.

Thank you Paul and the Royal Botanic Gardens for making our day so enjoyable – and educational! We all had a wonderful time.

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