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Royal Botanic Garden turns 200

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney has officially launched its 200th Birthday Program for 2016 showcasing a year-long celebration of this historic milestone through events, projects, and a range of new opportunities for the community to enjoy.

The Garden is already among the top 10 tourist destinations in Australia and is recognised as one of the top 10 most beautiful botanic gardens in the world. In 2016, you are invited to come and discover what makes the Garden the iconic destination that it is.

As Australia’s oldest continuously operating scientific institution, the Garden has been at the heart of Sydney’s horticultural, cultural, educational and scientific life for 200 years.

“The Garden was a vital part of Sydney’s life in 1816, and nothing has changed today. Throughout 2016 we are going to celebrate an amazing 200 years’ worth of history, and revolutionise the way the community will view the Garden,” said Kim Ellis, Executive Director, Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands.

“The public events program is stunning. The celebrations will be kick-started with a special surprise during the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks , then we will move into the award winning Tomato Festival, the fantastic Treecycle exhibition, and the prestigious Florilegium. We’ll be lighting up the Garden during Vivid, collaborating with John Kaldor Public Art Projects team and bringing the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition to Sydney.”

“The key legacy of the 200th Birthday program is the opening of The Calyx – where imagination grows. The Calyx is our new world-class attraction that will be the first of its kind in Australia. An engaging and inspirational living art gallery with state-of-the-art, rotating botanical interactive exhibitions that will excite and educate in equal measure. The Calyx will also feature the largest indoor green wall in Australia and is set to be the iconic legacy of the Garden’s bicentenary.”

”The program will also see the Garden leap into the 21st century digitally, with a cutting-edge new website, social platforms, blog, and an extension of its eLearning programs that are enabling regional communities to benefit from the Garden’s expertise through eConference facilities. Through this we’ve even delivered education programs into China!”.

In the Garden new seasonal plantings will feature throughout the year and a social media campaign will be launched to capture the rich history and memories from our diverse community.

For more information on the 200th Birthday Program and to view the full 2016 Event Calendar visit rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

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