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Plant Collections

Gardens House

A garden within a garden, the Garden House display garden is an enclosed area surrounding historic Gardens House. The aim of this collection is to highlight the horticultural display of a heritage landscape within climatic constraints and to connect visitors to plants through quality displays and plant aesthetics.

Key Plants

Araucaria bidwilli  - Landscape significance

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana - Landscape significance

Populus deltoides - Landscape significance

Arbutus glandulosa - (Joan Law-Smith memorial tree)

Camellia cvs - Heritage Australian cultivars

Agathis robusta  - Landscape significance


Collection origins

  • Laid out as the private garden of the Director
  • Maintains many of the features of a large 19th century private garden
  • Gardens House was built in 1854 as an office and residence. It later became the Director’s residence
  • Most significant period of development occurred during the Guilfoyle era
  • Gardens House and proximate landscape was refurbished in 1996
  • Once the landscape was refurbished, lovely views were opened up from Perennial Border to Gardens House