Its a place that celebrates nature, the rock, the soil and the rich history connecting people and place, as it’s here we find our sense of green and calm. You can wander, rest and pick the richness of the land and its biodiversity.

Natives, such as lime, figs and palms, once shrewdly managed by Indigenous Australians mingle comfortably alongside the orderly repetition of vegetables, vines and fruit trees of the current era of agriculture, post European enculturation. A distillation of our Australia’s productive lands: scenes both beautiful, and with prodigal agricultural returns.

Nature, rock, soil and plants: ‘the bush’ occupies a special corner in the minds of every Australian. It is everything, from herb-laden windowsill, to busy chook pen, or that ramshackle paling fence – it is the people: the farmers and their banged-up utes – it is the landscape: from towering Ash forest to parched plains studded by Merino and Redgum. Equally, it is rhythms of management once exacted by the true custodians of this land: Indigenous Australians. Colonnades of trees were designed, straddled by rich pasturage to reign kangaroo movement and populations. Dams were dug. Abundant flowery plains were seeded and harvested. Groves of soft ferns, bracken, cycads, lime, figs and palms were nurtured to provide year-round nourishment. A recognition of the delicacy of ecological balances ensured productivity in perpetuity.

Mere vestiges of these practices exist today, mainly in narratives shared through generations. What then, can we glean from the first people’s careful management of this sometimes prosperous, sometimes cruel lands we occupy? Where can we apply their knowledge? Perhaps the answers lay here: amidst the veggies, vines and fruit trees. Or on your own herb-laden windowsill, up by the chook pen, or along that ramshackle paling fence…’

With special thanks to our wonderful collaborators on this project:

Semken Landscaping • Bamstone • Complete Landscape Solutions • Warners • Bayon Gardens • The Nursery Co • Ronneby Trees • Quantum • Biogro • Carter Holt Garvey • Palm Place • Gardens at Night • Instyle Gardens • Native Home House of Plants • Palm Place • Intrinsic Landscapes • Bowens Timber • Cote Salt • Daisys                                  

Wednesday 21st – Sunday 25th March 2018
10am – 5pm daily
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

The Welcome Garden Plant List


Botanical Name Common Name
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Bangalow Palm
Trachycarpus fortunei Chinese Windmill Palm


Botanical Name Common Name
Melia azedarach Chinaberry
Banksia integrifolia Coastal Banksia
Brachychiton rupestris Queensland Bottle Tree
Acacia implexa Lightwood
Eleocarpus eumundii Smooth Leaved Quandong
Syzygium australe Brush Cherry
Citrus sinensis Citrus Orange Mediterranean
Citrus latifolia Citrus Tahitian


Botanical Name Common Name
Xanthorea australis Common grass tree
Macrozamia communis Burrawang
Zamia furfuracea Cardboard Cycad
Alocasia macrorrhiza Giant Taro


Botanical Name Common Name
Doryanthes palmerii Spear Lily
Banksia integrifolia ‘sentinel’ Banksia Sentinel
Correa alba White Correa
Banksia praemorsa ‘Red Dawn’ Cut Leaf Banksia
Lemon lemoniciuos Citris Meyer Dwarf‘ Lemonicious’


Botanical Name Common Name
Banksia spinulosa ‘Birthday Candles’ Banksia Birthday Candles
Asplenium nidus Birds nest fern
Ligularia reniformis Tractorseat Plants
Alpinia caerulea ‘Red Back’ Native Ginger


Botanical Name Common Name
Ficinia nodosa Knobby Club Rush
Dianella tasmanica ‘Cherry Red’ Tasmanian Flax-Lily
Beschernoria septentrionalis False Red Agave


Botanical Name Common Name
Correa reflexa Correa dusky bells
Hardenbergia violacea ‘Sea of Purple’ Native Sarsaparilla
Causarina glauca prostrate ‘Shagpile’ Prostrate She-oak


Botanical Name Common Name
Anizyganthos spp. ‘Bush Revolution’ Kangaroo paw
Xerochrysum bracteatum ‘Lemon Princess’ Paper Daisy
Chrysocephalum apiculatum Yellow Buttons


Botanical Name Common Name
Backhousia myrtifolia Cinnamon Myrtle
Eupomatia laurina Native Guava
Mentha australis Native Mint
Austromyrtus dulcis Midyim Berries
Atriplex nummularia Old Man Saltbush
Apium prostratum Sea Parsley
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