Seeing natives in gardens and reserves

There are wonderful places to visit to see native plants, in their natural world and 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 communities working closely with them to share knowledge and passion for Australian plants and their habitats. This helps make plants available to the public.

Examples include

  • Blue Mountains Group holds an annual spring show at the Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve. The two hectare site contains a rich diversity of mountain flora and a native plant nursery.
  • Coffs Harbour Group contributes to the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden. This features forests and plants indigenous to the Coffs Harbour area, as well as rare and endangered plants of Australia.
  • Menai’s nursery is at Illawong Rural Fire Station and has landscaped native gardens.
  • Newcastle operates its nursery at the Hunter Wetlands Centre, open Thursday mornings.
  • North Shore supports the Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Garden in St Ives. This area of mostly natural bushland has 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. This six hectare sanctuary of beautiful native plants and amazing sandstone landscapes was originally a disused quarry.
  • Nowra is a long-running exhibitor at the famous Berry Garden Festival. This  holds plant sales to inspire like minded people to grow native plants.
  • Sutherland Group supports the Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve at Kareela.