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.
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.
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.
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: