The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Secret Science Of Plants

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For almost two centuries, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney has been collecting and studying plants from around the world. Scientists at the National Herbarium of NSW study the adaptation and evolution of plants, the unique role of plants within ecosystems, and their life cycles.

Join us for a special behind-the-scenes tour and hear from our passionate and knowledgeable plant scientists and discover some of the treasures of the Royal Botanic Garden’s collection.


5.30 – 6.00pm: Welcome drinks and nibbles in Reception. Meet our Science staff and view the exhibition in the Red Box Gallery.

6.00 – 7.30pm: Visit three behind-the-scenes locations to learn the secrets of the science done at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

  • View beautiful plant specimens from Australia’s early explorers in the Herbarium. Highlights include rare specimens collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander in 1770 during Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific.
  • Discover how our scientists are making new discoveries in our Molecular Laboratory. Learn about the latest molecular techniques and look at plant DNA.
  • Visit the PlantClinic to explore how our scientists work to study, diagnose and treat plant diseases that threaten parks, gardens, farmlands and wilderness.