Spring at Sylvan Grove, Picnic Point

By Rhonda Daniels, enewsletter editor

Sylvan Grove Native Garden at Picnic Point is maintained by Canterbury–Bankstown Council to showcase Australian native plants to the community. It is open Monday to Friday all year, but in spring is also open on the weekends. Have a chat to gardener Jim who keeps it all looking in great shape for visitors.

It has mulched paths winding through rainforest areas and areas with more sun, so there is a diversity of plants.

Here’s a selection of photos by Rhonda Daniels from a recent visit in September 2020.

Shadier areas

Sylvan Grove has many ferns, orchids and rainforest plants that like a shady spot, and other plants like prostantheras and plectranthus that flower well in shade.

Dendrobium speciosum
Plectranthus ‘The grotto’ with deep purple flowers
Macadamia tetraphylla flowers
Walkway through the rainforest area
Pittosporum revolutum
Eutaxia obovata
A white form of the waratah Telopea speciosissima, possibly ‘Shady Lady White’

Sunnier areas

Where there’s more sun, there tend to be more flowers.

A patch in the sun
Leptospermum ‘Outrageous’
Grevillea petrophiloides
Grevillea venusta showing the multi-coloured spider flower
Dryandra praemorsa at the entrance carpark


More information

Location: The entrance is in a street called Sylvan Grove, just off Henry Lawson Drive.

Facilities: Picnic tables, seats and toilets. Free entry.

Sylvan Grove entry in the street called Sylvan Grove

More to visit

If you like Sylvan Grove, visit these other free public native gardens:

  • Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve at Manooka Place, Kareela, maintained by Sutherland Council
  • Stony Range Botanic Garden at Pittwater Rd, Dee Why, maintained by Northern Beaches Council
  • Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at St Ives, maintained by Ku-ring-gai Council, with shop and plant sales.