There are a number of gardens within the Macquarie University campus that have been developed in conjunction with the curriculum, to assist with undergraduate teaching.
Bush Tucker Garden
The Bush Tucker garden features plants native to the greater Sydney area, some of which were used in traditional food and medicine by the Darug and other Indigenous people. The garden is located at the eastern end of campus between Wally's Walk and building E7B, near the thermal storage tower.
Many plants used for bush tucker require extensive preparation including pounding, soaking and roasting, before they are edible. We discourage people from harvesting food from the garden.
Frank Mercer Biological Sciences Garden
The Frank Mercer Garden, in the courtyard of the Department of Biological Sciences, is a key component of the Evolutionary History Walk. It features a number of garden beds specialising in different groups of plants and their characteristics. As an example, the monocot bed includes members of the grass and palm families, but also includes an unusual species (Ruscus sp) from the northern hemisphere which has flowers from the middle of its leaf-like stems.
Other beds feature the plant groups; ferns, cycads, heaths and dicots. In the centre of the courtyard is a North American Tulip Tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, a shapely tree with spectacular apricot coloured flowers in spring. A pond feature provides an additional teaching resource and aesthetic qualities to the courtyard.
Jim Rose Earth Sciences Garden
The Jim Rose Earth Sciences Garden showcases the biogeography of plants and is a key component of the Evolutionary History Walk, as well as a key teaching garden for Botany, Geology and Palaeobiology students. It is also a lovely place to sit in all seasons.