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Spring in The City: What’s on at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney?

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Released today, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s 2017 spring program features a plethora of fun activities for foodies; nature lovers and culture buffs.

Spring in the city this year includes the highly-anticipated return of Busby’s Bar to Victoria Lodge, night time science classes at The Calyx, Aboriginal bush food tours, the return of Artisans in the Garden and a brand new floral display Pollination at The Calyx.

Top spring picks include:
• Pollination at The Calyx: A free floral display showcasing the role colour plays in one of the plant world’s greatest acts, Pollination is a giant floral display curated by the horticultural team at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Watch as The Calyx is transformed into an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour and becomes a hive of cultural and science based activity. Pollination will be open 15 September 2017– 29 July 201810.00 am – 4.00 pm daily. Find out more.
• Busby’s Bar @ Victoria Lodge: This brilliantly located pop up bar returns to the Garden in spring, with a revised look and new menu. Those working in the city can visit Busby’s in the morning to relax in sun chairs overlooking one of Sydney’s best harbour views, enjoy a take away picnic box from 12 noon or unwind after work with a Bombay Sapphire, botanical infused cocktail! Busby’s will be open from Saturday 2 September 2017from 10.00 am to 7.30 pm Thursday to SundayFind out more.
• Artisans in the Gardens: A celebration of the natural world, Artisans in the Gardens brings together an extraordinary range of artwork from some of the Australia’s best established and emerging artists and craftspeople. With over 2,000 artworks for sale including sculpture, ceramics, hand blown glass, jewellery, textiles the opening provides a chance to mingle with the artisans, sip Tyrell’s Wines, and enjoy delicious canapé at the beautiful Lion Gate Lodge. Artisans runs from 10.00 am – 4.00 pmSaturday 14 to Sunday 22 October 2017 Find out more.
• Spring Walk: This year the spring planting is a cottage mixture flowering from mid-August. Providing a spectacular sensory display, visitors should keep an eye out for sweetly scented Stock in the early part of the season, followed by bright-hued Ranunculus in the latter part of the season. The Spring Walk roundabout will be a mass of red Flanders Poppies while the Pioneer Garden, Star Bed, Flower Bed Lawn and Rose Garden are also ablaze with pansies and alyssum Find out more.
• Ghostly Garden: Take a twilight adventure through the Royal Botanic Garden in this spine-tingling storytelling event. In a rare opportunity to come within the Garden Gates after hours, you’ll journey along shadowy tree-lined paths, creep past gloomy ponds and tiptoe through the eerie quiet of heritage buildings. You’ll hear spooky and kooky stories of the Garden’s past – tales of people long-since dead as bats flit above your head and owls hoot. Find out more.

• Science at The Calyx: As part of the new Science at The Calyx series, join us for an after-hours event in The Calyx to hear from specialist fluorescence scientists. Learn the origins of luminescence and examples of how it is used: from everyday life to medical applications and the amazing natural phenomenon of bioluminescence found in plants, animals and fungi. Click here to read more.

Monthly highlights:
• R U Okay? In The Garden (1 Sep): The R U OK? Conversation Convoy along with Ambassadors are coming to the Garden for an exciting full-day program and free breakfast– see event page here. 
• Science at The Calyx (12 Sept): See the Luminesence event page here.
• Awesome Orchids (23 Sept & 3 Oct): Join international orchid grand judge, Jan D’Olier, as she shares her passion and expertise for orchids – see event page here
• Water Stories (Running until 5 Sep): Drop in to see the global water crisis in pictures – see event page here.

OCTOBER For adults:
• Yoga in The Calyx – see event page here
• Aboriginal experiences: Bush Food Experience, Heritage Tour or Art Class
• Garden Night Life Tour: Experience the Gardens after hours on this torchlight:  Book here.
• Objects of Desire: Ruth Law’s free exhibition of still life paintings with wildflowers at Palm House – see event page here

School holidays:
• Hunters & Collectors: Get lost when you find weird, rare and exotic plants from around the globe in the garden:  Book here.
• Wild, Weather Adventure: Children will go on an interactive, theatrical adventure through the Garden. Book here.
• Dandy Lions: Enjoy a delightful morning of gardening, craft, singing and play for young children and their carers. Book here.
• Butterfly Gardens: Kids will learn about the special relationship between butterflies and flowers, and see the amazing new Pollination exhibition at The Calyx. Book here.

• Noble spirit: Esther Beaton’s free wildlife portrait exhibition at Palm House 1-14 November 10.00 am – 4.00 pmdaily. Fin out more here.
• A Celebration of Australian Flowers: Curtis Botanical Magazine is a free exhibition at Redbox Gallery running until 31 November. Find out more here.
 Midnight Oil at Domain -performances on (Saturday 11 and Friday 17 November), from 4.30 pm. Find out more here.
• Sea Life at The Calyx (14 Nov): Learn about seaweed with Dr Yola Metti and the ecological engineering of a seawall habitat. Find out more here.For the full What’s On Spring Program visit

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