Sydney's Botanic Gardens has many precincts and any moods: It has its waterfront which buzzes with people perambulating, jogging and enjoying the views of the harbour. It has large open grassy areas with duck ponds and nearby kiosk where families love to picnic. There is a glass pyramid for plants requiring a specially humid environment. There is a jungle area to get lost in. I love the First Settlement Garden, complete with scarecrows, which has attempted to replicate the plants which were grown at that time. The Museum is worth a visit. Nearby you can purchase plants instead of surreptitiously taking cuttings from plants on your way around. It is from here that you can join tours of the gardens, also worth considering. Near to the Museum is the walled Succulent Garden, which is locked up at night. I love this precinct and over the years have watched it grow to maturity. The Succulent Garden was my destination on this day when I slipped into the gardens while I was on a visit to the nearby Art Gallery of NSW. Some sculptures have been added more recently which provide an interesting counterpoint to the myriad of cacti to be found there. In my mind succulents remind me of undersea plants which seem to have to solve the same challenges as cacti: how to retain moisture and withstand a high salt environment. I love the structure of succulents. In a way they look almost like alien creatures lost on a distant world. This part of the garden has now created its own ambiance, and when you enter this gated garden you feel as though you could be slipping into another dimension. It seems so far removed from anything else in this temperate zone in which Sydney sits. Photo opportunities here are surreal.
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