The human cultivation of plants began thousands of years ago with ancient techniques providing a source of food and fibre. Now with the advancement of science and technology there is so much more we can do to facilitate and enhance this relationship between plants and humans. The Future Garden is designed to interpret how human beings manipulate the development of plants through form, selection and hybridisation. This garden also asks the question, “what will our future relationship with plants look like?”
The Future Garden work towards
Raising awareness of rare and threatened species to promote their protection, ensuring they can be enjoyed by future generations.
Demonstrating what plant breeders have been able to achieve through innovative breeding techniques.
Providing massed floral displays of one flower colour per individual garden bed.
Telopea speciosissima x Telopea oreades
<em>Telopea speciosissima x Telopea oreades </em>
A hardy hybrid suitable for cooler climates. Large bright red flower heads appear in spring time. A longer flowering period than other waratahs make it a great feature plant in any garden.
Notes from the Curator
The Future Garden is designed to provide a semi-enclosed space for visitors by using raised garden beds and low to medium-growing shrubs. With soft borders, this garden aims to create a welcoming atmosphere and draw visitors in to explore more. The planting pattern in each bed is in wedges so that visitors can view the plants from up close. Each of the garden beds has its own colour theme except for the Rare & Threatened Bed which tells another story. The Future Garden is the perfect spot for photographing plants when they are in full bloom.