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Established in the Adelaide Hills by Mr Edwin Ashby in 1901, Wittunga Botanic Garden was generously given to the State by his son Mr Keith Ashby and family in 1965. The garden is managed by the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and was first opened to the public in 1975.

Edwin Ashby originally created a formal English garden with herbaceous borders, roses, trellises and arbours. His fascination in the native plants of Australia and South Africa then led to the development of an interesting and different garden, part of which remains today. The displays of Australian and South African plants are especially spectacular in spring and include Erica, Leucadendron, and Protea, complemented by displays of exotic and unusual bulbs and colourful annuals. Many of the South African plants in the garden come from the Cape Province district which has a climate similar to that of Adelaide.

Collections include Australian Myrtaceae (Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Leptospermum, Callistemon and Kunzea) and Proteaceae (Banksia, Grevillea, Hakea, Leucadendron, Leucospermum and Protea), and South African Ericaceae (Erica), southern Western Australian wildflowers and the South African fynbos (heathland).

The Australian collection features plants from the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island, southern Western Australia and includes a fine collection of eucalypts. Meandering pathways through the Terrace and Sandplain Gardens give visitors the opportunity to see these distinctive and colourful collections. Many different birds can be seen attracted by the good supplies of nectar produced by the flowers of the plants.

Wittunga Botanic Garden is a popular place for family gatherings and the shady lawns next to the lakeside make it a perfect place for picnics. There are self-guided and guided walks in spring, see the website for more details.

Source Wittunga Botanic Garden Website: www.environment.sa.gov.au/botanicgardens/wittunga.html

For further information contact the Wittunga Botanic Garden:

 

Government of South AustraliaBotanic Garden of AdelaideWittunga Botanic Garden
Shepherd’s Hill Road
BLACKWOOD SA 5051
Ph: +61 8 8222 9311

For visitor information and map Wittunga Botanic Garden

 
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