Find yourself in the past as Botanicals transports you to 1800’s colonial Parramatta. Stunning floral displays accompanying the National Trust’s intricate floral-patterned ceramics.

Botanicals opens our eyes to beauty and colour – and the wonder of our natural environment.

For centuries humans have designed ceramic objects that reflect our love of plants and the natural world. We value this connection by placing these ceramics in our work-a-day world to brighten our lives and remind us of our relationship to our environment.

Similarly, early European settlers in Parramatta brought ceramics from their homelands that depicted their connection to the botanical and natural environment of the northern hemisphere. As the European settlers explored their new environment, artists embraced the glorious colour and richness of Australia’s flowers – reflecting their new environment through the creation of intricate ceramic objects.

In use and of use, the ceramics in our lives provide equally utility and delight. Botanicals presents those common and not-so-common ceramics from the past, used and treasured (and sometimes broken and repaired).

Botanicals at Experiment Farm Cottage will transport you to 1800’s colonial Parramatta. Enter the home of a family on the cusp of change and celebration. Delight in the history of the cottage while experiencing the fine china, ceramics and flowers gone wild. Pack a picnic and make a day of it in our cottage garden.

Botanicals will be running on the first and third weekends of the month from 5 February – 17 April 2022, 10:30am – 3:30pm at Experiment Farm Cottage, 9 Ruse Street, Harris Park.

Please note there is no disabled toilet available at the property.

Floral display by The Lillipillian. Photography by Katrina Dubé, copyright National Trust (NSW).

How to book your tickets

Exhibition entry is included in a valid Experiment Farm Cottage entry ticket. To ensure the health and safety of the community, the National Trust (NSW) requires pre-booked tickets.

Pre-booked tickets available via Eventbrite.

Plan your Visit

Experiment Farm Cottage


9 Ruse Street
Harris Park 2150 NSW


4 & 5 December 2021, 10.30am - 3.30pm
5 & 6 February 2022, 10.30am - 3.30pm
19 & 20 February 2022, 10.30am - 3.30pm
5 & 6 March 2022, 10.30am - 3.30pm
19 & 20 March 2022, 10.30am - 3.30pm

(02) 9635 5655
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members FREE
Adult - $10
Family - $25
Concession/child - $8
Child under 5 years - FREE

Please note: Visitors must purchase tickets in advance via Eventbrite. Booking fees will apply.

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