Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013.
Garden and flower shows in Sydney
If you enjoy meandering through beautiful gardens, you'll find garden shows and floral events across Sydney with a year-round series of open gardens where you can learn from local experts and get insider tips on everything from bulbs and trees to natives and exotics.
Australian Garden Show Sydney
With its abundant green spaces, leafy parklands, ponds and gardens, Centennial Parklands is the perfect location for the Australian Garden Show in early spring. Here, you can wander through amazing display gardens, get tips from landscape designers and plan how to get the most out of your own veggie patch.
An entertaining and educational experience and a fun day out, the show celebrates Australia's love of gardening and the great outdoors. Experts showcase the very best in Sydney floral and garden design.
The Australian Garden Show also features a range of exhibitors displaying the latest horticulture products and techniques for garden and design enthusiasts, ranging from state-of-the-art pruners to sculptures that add an artistic touch to any garden. Green thumbs will have plenty to talk about with fellow enthusiasts!
The NSW Begonia Society also celebrates its 25th exhibition on 1 and 2 March 2014 in Annangrove. Discover the many floral displays, hands-on demonstrations, talks, cuttings. Even bring a beautiful begonia home!
Open gardens in Sydney
Private gardens of every description are open to the public around Sydney. The popular Leura Gardens Festival features 10 of the best gardens in this Blue Mountains wonderland, including the National Trust property Everglades. A visit to the nearby Botanic Garden Mount Tomah is also sure to impress.
The Sydney Royal Flower and Garden Show is part of the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show. The Great Aussie Backyard exhibition showcases the work of the next generation of landscapers and even includes the unique Pizza Garden each slice is planted with a different pizza topping or herb.
This 30-hectare garden oasis is in the heart of the city at the edge of Sydney Harbour. It's home to almost 20 themed gardens, ranging from a magnificent palm grove established in 1862 to a 1938 sunken garden created to honour Australia's pioneering men and women. The Rare and Threatened Plants Garden is also remarkable.
Other garden events
The annual Australian Garden Show Sydney - celebrating gardens, flowers, sustainability and design will run over four days from September 4th to 7th. The National Orchid Extravaganza takes place in Sydney's northwest every April, while green thumbs from near and far gather at the annual Collectors' Plant Fair in Clarendon for a peek at a diverse array of plants not usually available through retailers. This treasured gardening event also features speakers and stallholders.
Enjoy one of Sydney's many family-friendly parks. Bradleys Head in Mosman is right by the harbour, while picturesque Nielsen Park has a netted harbour pool and a shady park. Bicentennial Park at Homebush Bay is great for a sausage sizzle with free barbecue facilities on-site. Parramatta Park has walking trails and picnic shelters.