As our garden grows, there will be more to see.
The garden is a vast 15 hectares, some of which is within a fenced area and some is outside the fence.
The major developed garden area is within the fenced space. As you wander along the established pathways, you will come across all sorts of things of interest.
The first planting undertaken in the gardens. It represents what our gardens are all about, with a collection of crab apples representing the seasons, a stand of Cabbage gums endemic to the botanic gardens site, culminating in the landmark native Bunya Bunya tree planted by NSW Governor in 2010.
Scattered through the garden are some sculptures. John Olsen’s sculpture, Leaping Frog, is located in Foundation Walk. Other sculptures include Wings of Love, dedicated to SHBG Founding members Tony Davis and Maureen Purtell. Tony is also the breeder of the National Daffodil collection located in the birch grove.
The nursery has an eclectic range of hardy plants for your own Highlands garden, many of which are featured growing throughout the gardens. All plants are grown by Friends of the gardens and change according to the seasons. Many rare or collectible plants are featured in the nursery.
An area sponsored by the Page family, featuring a circle of narrow upright oaks and weeping boxwoods, with inscribed pavers remembering locals, family members and visitors to the garden. Just perfect for you to sit on a garden bench and reflect.
The Playground has been designed with younger children in mind. Lots of fun interactive items including the playhouse, swings for toddlers, a climbing pyramid and the list goes on. Fully fenced with a shade sail for protection from the summer sun.
The picnic shelter is the first for the gardens, with wheelchair accessible table. The all weather roof makes it a perfect spot to relax with your lunch or morning coffee and look at the maples, the dwarf dogwoods with their distinctive red stems and the bird sanctuary.
Designed by local artist Jane Cush, the meadow labyrinth provides a fun activity for the kids and adults alike. Wind your way all the way into the middle, then back out again.
A registered national collection, with This large collection of 22 different types of silver birch trees, under planted with another national collection – Tony Davis daffodils. Wander through the grove in the cool of summer, the autumn dappled light or the early spring when the daffodils are in flower or in autumn with the stunning dahlias.
Seasons in a cool climate is a theme of our gardens. The winter garden displays plants with winter and early spring interest, including the national dwarf dogwood collection with vibrant coloured stems. The dogwoods are often thronging with flocks of tiny Blue Fairy wrens, Eastern spinebills and Thornbills.
Garden benches are scattered throughout the gardens, allowing visitors to stop for a while, appreciate the gardens and reflect on life. Donating a bench to our gardens is a wonderful way to remember or pay tribute to someone special in your life.