Annandale Streetscape - Tom Worthington

Annandale on the Web

What's on | Schools | Culture | Community | Walks | Insects | Annandale Heritage Festival | Office Services | Transport | Abode | Water | Plants | Eco Annandale | Birds | History | Info | RSS News FEED

Annandale NSW Australia -33.8814; 151.1707
white flower

Where to Buy Sydney Basin Native Plants

The Rozelle Bay Nursery' plants are used for local bushcare projects and are not for sale. Inner West local provenance species are available from Cornucopia Nursery, Marrickville Community Nursery and Strathfield Council Native Nursery.


Garden of Bad Flowers

Local Provenance Plants for Sydney's Inner West

Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery | Trees (> 5m) | Trees(< 5m) | Shrubs(0.5 - 2m) | Grasses | Climbers | Herbs | Estuarine | Ferns | Fungi | Wattle Pods Flowers | Seed Pods | Yellow Flowers | Green Flowers | Blue-Pink Flowers | White-Cream Flowers | February Bunyas | March Lilipillis | August Flowers | September Flowers | October Flowers | Banksia marginata | Photographs of Trees | Weeds | Bookshop | First Fleet Drawings circa 1800 | 1785-1830 Drawings | References

woman planting seeds in trays Marilyn planting seeds in trays
three men potting onJohn, Paul and Bruce "potting on" at Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery 7 Feb 2014 Photo Marghanita da Cruz
Piper St reserve, ready for revegetationPiper St Reserve, Annandale, July 2002
Photo of Beth Buchannen on a Wednesday working bee - Photo MarghanitaThe nursery came about through the voluntary efforts of individuals, in particular the tireless leadership of Beth Buchannen
Christmas Bush with White Flowers Ceratopetalum gummiferum (NSW Christmas Bush), Annandale, 3 October 2008
white fluffball flowers and serated leaves Callicoma serratifolia, Whites Creek Valley photographed 16 October 2008 by Marghanita da Cruz. Though not an Acacia, it has been called Black Wattle since its stems were used to construct wattle-and-daub buildings in the early days of Sydney - Native Plants of the Sydney District

Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery
22 Wisdom Street, Annandale (Map)

The Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery and associated Bushcare Groups are reintroducing some of the diverse range of plants that once grew in the area. These local provenance species and strains have adapted to the local area's climate, rainfall patterns, salt water innundation, sunlight, soil, birds, animals and insects. The purpose built nursery located in Whites Creek Valley at Wisdom Street Annandale, features recycled ironbark timber from the old Pyrmont Bridge. Ironbark forests once grew in Annandale.

Volunteers in the Nursery propagate Local Provenance for planting by Bushcare groups, working in Callan Park, Balmain and Annandale.

The nursery is operated by volunteers and is open to everyone. Activities include collecting and propagate native seeds, weeding and planting. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge required - but volunteers learn many new skills and get to know other locals. A hat and sturdy shoes are all you need to bring. The Nursery provides tools and protective gear for the variety of activities.

To get involved

Turn up at the Nursery
Wisdom Street Annandale
8.30-noon Wednesday and Friday Mornings.

Join a Busy Bee in Callan Park, Mort Bay, Whites Creek, Balmain High, Hawthorn Canal and Elkington Park


By getting involved, you will get to recognise and understand the plants that are endemic (native/indigenous) to the inner west of Sydney. You can also learn how to propagate these plants and create habitat for birds, skinks and frogs in your garden or pockets of bushland in the local area.

Nearby Bushcare Groups

There is also a Pyrmont Ultimo Landcare group. More at

There are also bushcare activities at Ewen Park, on the Cooks River in Hurlston Park

The GreenWay is an urban green corridor in Sydney's Inner West. A campaign is underway to see the GreenWay shared pathway completed as part of the light rail extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich

History of the Nursery

The Nursery was started by Beth Buchannen and otherrs in 1995. It was located in Chapman Road on the Annandale Foreshore near Rozelle Bay.


Soft Opening of new Nursery, Wisdom Street (29 August 2012)

The Nursery has also donated plants to the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney to be planted on and around the Wurrungwuri Sandstone Sculpture.

In 2012, the Nursery hosted an impromptu Bunya Feast

In 2013, the Nursery donated plants to an artist for her work in the 19th Biennale of Sydney

More Photos

Opening of Bush Track in Callan Park (2 August 2013)

This page last updated 22 November 2015