The word ‘calyx’ refers to the outermost spiral of a flower, or the pod at the base that protects and binds the flower together. To mark Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden’s 200th birthday the Royal Botanic Garden have created The Calyx, a world class horticultural rotunda and greenhouse that will showcase ever-changing exhibitions, as well as stunning greenery. Fittingly, the first ever exhibition at The Calyx is Sweet Addiction: The Botanic Story of Chocolate, an exhibition dedicated to the cocoa bean in all its incarnations. A fusion of art theatre and flora.
You can learn about how cocoa grows, how it’s processed (did you know cocoa solids and cocoa butter – i.e. chocolate – come from the fermented and dried seeds of the cocoa plant?) and how chocolate is made today.
See another side of nature and experience the botanic story of chocolate. From the depths of a South American rainforest, journey through chocolate plantations, ancient history, and a Lindt chocolate mill as you learn amazing facts you never knew about chocolate.
Most impressively, Sweet Addiction features the southern hemisphere’s largest interior green wall, with over 18,000 plants arranged into living artworks representing the Mayan God of Chocolate, a traditional chocolate box.
The self-guided tour includes tastings and there’s a Chocolate Garden where kids can have a chocolate adventure and make their own chocolate treats. Watch their promo video to find out more. Definitely one for the school holidays. :)
The Calyx, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, NSW
Open 10am-4pm; until April 17, 2017