The annual spring paper daisy display at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan draws thousands of visitors each year and requires months of careful preparation — and even a precarious high wire balancing act by horticultural staff to ensure perfection.
Designed by Landscape Planning Officer Geoff Duggan, the beds are situated at the base of the Connections Garden and have been featured widely on TV and in newspapers since the first display more than 20 years ago.
Curator Manager John Siemon said ‘the display is absolutely stunning and one of the first things our visitors see when they enter the main visitor precinct. Our staff work tirelessly for months in advance to prepare the soil, plant the seed and then weed the beds which involve a bit of high wire balancing to complete.’
Species planted as part of the display include Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea ‘Rosy Everlasting’, Rhodanthe manglesii ‘Mangles Everlasting’ or ‘Silver Bells’ and Schoenia filifolia subsp. subulifolia ‘Showy Everlasting’.
Netting is in place from late June when the seeds are planted until the end of August to protect the display from local ducks who have a taste for young daisies.
The daisy species favoured for the display garden are native to Western Australia and provide a stunning showcase of what one would see when visiting the state of WA during spring.
If you are yet to see the spectacular daisy garden we recommend you visit during September when the display is at its peak.
For more information on paper daisies and using them in your home garden please visit our website here.The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm during autumn, winter and spring, and 8.00 am to 7.00 pm during summer.
To find out what is happening at your garden please visit our Facebook page or call the Visitor Centre on (02) 4634 7935.