Seeing natives in gardens and reserves

There are some wonderful places to visit to see native plants, both in their natural world, and in public gardens. 

Public native gardens in Sydney region

The Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan

Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve at Kareela

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at St Ives

Stony Range Botanic Garden at Dee Why

Sylvan Grove Native Garden at Picnic Point

Illawarra Grevillea Park at Bulli

Public native gardens outside Sydney

Booderee Botanic Gardens, Jervis Bay

Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum, Mumbil, near Wellington

Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens, Batemans Bay

North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour

The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra


Below is a selection of stories about some of these public places. 

District Group support

Our District Groups support many community places, working closely with the community to share our knowledge and passion for Australian plants and their habitats and make plants available to the public.

Examples include

  • Blue Mountains Group holds an annual spring show at the Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve, a two hectare site containing a rich diversity of mountain flora as well as a native plant nursery.
  • Coffs Harbour Group is a contributor to the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, which features forests and plants indigenous to the Coffs Harbour area, as well as rare and endangered plants of Australia.
  • Menai recently expanded its nursery, The Compound Nursery, and enhanced the landscaping at Illawong Rural Fire Station.
  • Newcastle operates a nursery at the Hunter Wetlands Centre.
  • North Shore supports the Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Garden in St Ives, an area of mostly natural bushland and two endangered ecological communities. The Society runs regular ‘walks and talks’ through the Garden
  • Northern Beaches supports the Stony Range Botanic Garden in Dee Why, a six hectare sanctuary of beautiful native plants and amazing sandstone landscapes, originally a disused quarry.
  • Nowra is a long-running exhibitor at the famous Berry Garden Festival, holding plant sales to inspire like minded people to grow native plants.
  • Sutherland Group is a long running supporter of Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve at Kareela, which in 2017 received a $5,000 federal government Stronger Communities Programme grant, matched by Sutherland Group, to produce over 20 interpretive signs for the Reserve.