Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Master Plan

Year 2010

After 20 years of continuous growth and development, the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens (formerly Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens) was ready for a revised master plan. Surrounded by the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area, it has matured physically and outgrown its character as the ‘cold climate annex’ of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Context, in collaboration with Craig Burton and Professor Helen Armstrong, undertook the challenge of preparing a revised master plan for the gardens, exploring contemporary issues such as; the interpretive roles of Botanic Gardens, Botanic Gardens as Sustainable Landscapes, and consideration of the Garden’s Mission statement.

The process included in depth review of the site history and physical analysis; landscape visioning and theming in consultation with the Botanic Gardens staff and stakeholders; development of key landscape design principles and strategies; preparation of various options and a structural landscape masterplan; and broad staging and budgeting options to assist with the future growth and management of the gardens

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