Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney becomes BGCI Patron Member
We are delighted that the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney has become a Patron member of BGCI, joining the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and Chicago Botanic Garden as our current Patron Gardens. These institutions act as key partners to BGCI and help to shape our programmes of work in a mutually beneficial way.
We are currently working closely with the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney to deliver the International Certificate in Botanic Garden Management in the Asia Pacific Region, 5 - 20th March 2010, Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city, was established in 1816 and is the oldest scientific institution in Australia. It is home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas. Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular positions.
The Royal Botanic Gardens is regarded as one of the great botanic gardens of the world and represents almost 200 years of history. Some of its stories are told in the stupendous old trees, some in the stone walls and old garden beds and others in its heritage statuary and buildings. Some stories have left no physical mark but are remembered nonetheless as a dominant part of Australian history, stories such as Australia’s first European settlement at Farm Cove (then called Woggan-ma-gule by its Cadigal inhabitants). With around three and a half million visitors a year, new stories are being made every day.
In 2016 the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney celebrates its bicentenary and plans are underway for an array of projects covering science, sustainability, new visitor experiences, children and gardens, legacies for posterity, and memorable events in celebration of this 200th anniversary.
BGCI looks forward to the celebration!