My husband and I recently spent a few days in Sydney and were excited to visit the Royal Botanic Garden for the first time. I particularly like visiting botanic gardens because each one is so different and you can learn a lot from them. Despite the fact that it rained the whole time we were there, this botanic garden certainly didn’t disappoint.
I was very pleased to see the educational herb garden. It has a good range of plants such that anyone could grow a selection of the herbs on show in their own garden. It also offers ideas and inspiration for good herb garden design.
The garden has all the standard kitchen herbs, including a particularly nice garlic chive border; that’s right, chives make a fantastic border and I highly recommend you plant one in your garden if you have the space – they’re attractive, handy in the kitchen, repel pests (when regularly trimmed which you will do naturally if you’re eating them) and can help prevent and treat diseases in your garden. What more could you want?
You may even find a few herbs that you haven’t heard of before.
The garden also contains a number of herbs that have medicinal properties and someone has put in helpful signs describing the benefits of each medicinal herb.
Despite being a herb garden, this section of the botanic gardens also contains a number of plants that complement herb gardens. The citrus trees for instance would make lovely additions to any kitchen herb garden, particularly because lemon and lime juice and zest combine well with so many herbs.
If you’re looking for a great day out, a nice spot to have a picnic or some inspiration for your garden, I can certainly recommend a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden’s herb garden.