GARDENS VISITED: BIOGRAPHIES AND MISSION STATEMENTS Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands (BGCP) The Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands is the umbrella organization for three gardens visited by the Fellows, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, as well as Centennial Park, Moore Park, and Queens Park. Mission Statement: To connect people with plants through imaginative horticulture, beautiful landscapes, transformative learning experiences, and cultural events. Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Organization Biography: RBG Sydney is located on the site of the first European-style farm in the colony attempted by settlers in 1788. The farm, was unsuccessful and in 1816, the site was established as a botanic garden. Since then, the city has grown around the garden’s 158 acres so that it is now on the edge of Sydney’s busy central business district and only a short walk from the Sydney Opera House. Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah Organization Biography: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is 105 km west of Sydney in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Under new management by BGCP, the garden has changed it’s name from Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, to the current Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. The garden sits within the Greater Blue Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Area, one of the largest and most intact tracts of protected bushland in Australia. Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan Organization Biography: Opened in 1988 as a native plant garden, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan covers 416 hectares south of Sydney, making it the largest public garden on the continent. On site features include the award winning Bowden Education Centre (2007), the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable living (2011), and the 2013 opening of the Australian PlantBank. Originally the Mount Annan Botanic Gardens, the garden, along with Mount Tomah, became integrated under the Centennial Parklands in 2014.