A blooming marvellous addition to Sydney

Sydney’s newest cultural attraction, the $17 million world-class horticultural exhibition space The Calyx, will open to the public tomorrow, NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman announced today.

The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, section of green wall

The Calyx (pronounced kayl-iks) is a living-art gallery featuring a 285m² 'green wall' with more than 18,000 plants – the largest in the southern hemisphere.

“The Calyx is a fusion of art and flora and will feature themed exhibitions that address conservation and environment issues in an imaginative, accessible way,” Mr Speakman said.

“It is a welcome addition to our wonderful Royal Botanic Garden and to the city of Sydney as a whole and we expect more than 150,000 people will visit in its first year.

“The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, in its 200th year, is Australia’s oldest living scientific institution. The Calyx is a new opportunity to engage visitors and showcase the Garden’s important conservation work.”

The Calyx launch exhibition Sweet Addiction – the Botanic Story of Chocolate aims to show visitors how chocolate is made – from seed to sweet treat. The exhibition will run until Easter 2017.

Features of The Calyx include:

  • A 285m² interior green wall featuring more than 18,000 plants
  • The pre-existing arc glasshouse, designed by renowned Australian architect Ken Woolley, retained and incorporated into the new building
  • Exhibition plants that have been grown in the Garden’s technologically advanced glasshouse or sourced from across Australia
  • Flexible indoor and outdoor gallery and function spaces.

The Calyx opens to the public on Saturday 11 June.