'Hot house' delights at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Posted: 19 March 2018 ()

Written by Sandy Marker

Visiting the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney for a meeting, Margaret and I always enjoy a few minutes ‘out’ to enjoy the pleasures on offer and today’s sightings was special.

Walking from the Calyx we detoured into the “hot house’ to investigate what was behind the steamed up windows. Stepping inside, greeted by a machine pumping out plumes of steam to keep the plants well and truly happy but made our glasses fog up.

Once accustom to the steam our first vision was a magnificent specimen of a Black Bat Plant (Tacca chantrieri) in full bloom. One needs to see it in the real to believe such a flower exists. More delights followed with stunning shaped, textured size and coloured leaves. Looking closely even the spent flower of an Anthurium offered astonishing pattern.

If you are looking for inspiration for textile design, wallpaper patterns or just textual backgrounds for photography, writing paper, the ‘hot house’ is a ‘one stop shop’.