WATTLE DAZE: Australia’s national flower now in spectacular bloom at the Australian Botanic Garden
Friday 1 September 2017 marks National Wattle Day and there is no better time to see our national floral emblem blooming in over 200 species at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.
The Garden is Australia’s largest botanic garden and specialises in growing and showcasing Australian native flora, which comes to life in spring in an abundance of colour.
In Australia, Acacias are called Wattles as they were believed to have been used by the early settlers to make the wattle and daub houses. There are more species of wattle here than any other woody plants, including the well-known eucalypts.
“Our wattle collections are a must see in Sydney during spring. Acacias have one of the largest genera’s with over 1300 species worldwide and around 950 native,” said John Siemon, Curator of the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.
In Australia today, wattles are more commonly used for garden, amenity and rehabilitation plantings than anything else, but they have healed and sustained indigenous and colonial Australians in many fascinating ways.
Over one hundred wattle species were used by different Aboriginal groups for food, medicine tools and weapons. For food, their seeds were collected and ground into a flour which was mixed with a little water and eaten as a paste or cooked on hot ash as a damper. For medicinal purposes, they were used to treat headache, skin complaints, aches and pains, infections, rheumatism, colds and toothache so they were very a very useful species.”
Visitors can capture an Instagram-able moment at the height of wattle season or discover the private and secluded Wattle Garden which has become popular for weddings with Botanical Brides.
Stop past the Visitor Information Centre to get some friendly pointers about which areas to see and grab a coffee from Melaleuca House before you head off to explore the Garden.
• 8.00 am - 5.00 pm (8.00am - 7.00pm in summer)
• Narellan Road, Mount Annan NSW 2567
• Phone: (02) 4634 7900
Visit the Garden’s website here for more visitor information and find out what else is happening this spring.