Warraburra Nura Native Garden
In Conversation with Alice McAuliffe Creative ProducerYou may not know of garden in on the 6th floor of a building that you the public can visit.
From the website, “Waraburra Nura is a public medicinal plant garden at the University of Technoly (UTS) Sydney, developed by UTS ART in partnership with Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research (JIIER). Established in 2018, the garden is located on level 6 of the UTS Tower.
Let’s find out more.
- Alice recalled that Waraburra Nura didn't start so much as a garden but as a way of creating a third dimension for artworks by various aboriginal and torres strait islander artists.
- Alice put forward a proposal the idea to put in a few boxes with plants initially but the idea grew.
- The process to create the garden involved designer Nicole Monk. Garden boxes were sent up from Melbourne.
- Garden soil had to be light so that the weight would not be too heavy for the balcony plus a possible 100 people. Aunty Fran Bodkin (Dharawal Senior and botanist) advised that the soil should contain pumice.
- Plants were chosen because they had medicinal properties, and together created associations which increased their medicinal properties.
All of the plants in Waraburra Nura are native to Wa’ran (Sydney) and have been cultivated by Darug, D’harawal and Gadigal peoples for generations.
If you have any questions about Waraburra Nura, drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to 2rrr PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675