Plants & Wildlife in the Garden

Recent images of the garden. The image of the almost dry water storage was taken during the drought of 2019.  Fortunately 2020 has seen an enlarged water storage overflowing.

Collage 2 Oct 2017

collage 3 Oct 2017

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The Garden collection can be viewed in two parts: in-situ and ex-situ.

The in-situ specimens are the local species preferring red lateritic acid soil to the brown brigalow soils. All of the species are described in the text ‘Woodland to Weeds’ by Nita C. Lester.

Acacia pendula flowers

Acacia pendula flowers Photographer of both A. pendula Allan Carr

Acacia pendula - Weeping Myall

Acacia pendula – Weeping Myall

The ex-situ specimens are species preferring arid, semi-arid and dry tropic conditions. Species represented are from many Australian states and territories especially Western and Central Australia.

Eucalyptus oxmitra fruits - Allan Carr

Eucalyptus oxmitra fruits – Allan Carr

Within the Garden collection, threatened species are particularly nurtured. Along with these, the following families are represented in both the in-situ and ex-situ specimens:

Acanthaceae, Asteraceae, Fabaceae, Liliaceae,  Malvaceae, Mimosaceae, Myoporaceae, Myrtaceae, Poaceae, Proteaceae, Sapindaceae, Xanthorrhoeaceae, and many more

The specimens in the collection are not selected for beautiful flowers. They are selected as they represent the wide diversity of each family.

Completed section - enchanted path 4 web

Enchanted Pathway – Garden for all Seasons Walk

 Do not expect to see showy garden beds: expect to see natural settings where you must wander to fully appreciate each and every specimen. Bring sturdy walking shoes, sun screen and insect repellent.

The Garden collection is unique as it still includes specimens selected by Dave Gordon, George Althofer, Harvey Shaw and others and planted as early as the 1940s. Additionally, hundreds of specimens have planted since the Directors have become involved in 1988.

Opened in August 2013,  the amazing collection of species representing the Proteaceae family was part funded by the Australian Garden History Society. 2014 proteaceae collection brochure

Click on the month and view a snap shot of some of the species in the Garden:

February    March     April      May      June       July       August     September    October      November     December