The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s horticultural team are putting plants to the test in a range of experiments, to see how well different varieties survive in Sydney’s ever-changing conditions.When you think of the word experiment, most people would picture a person in a white lab coat, goggles, with a variety of chemical concoctions, locked into a windowless and sterile lab.
My team on the other hand are equipped with gardening gloves and hats, on top of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music surrounded by flowerbeds and fresh air. Personally, I think we have the better deal. This area is what we call our new ‘Trial Garden’. The aim of our experiments is to investigate how well different selections of plants grow in the changing Sydney conditions. Our role at the Garden is to not just conserve and research, but also to act as a source of garden information. We are the people you can come to for advice on what to grow on your balcony or in your garden, which will last all season and make your neighbours jealous.