Lisgar Gardens to be nominated as Garden of Excellence

Posted: Thursday 10 August, 2017

Hornsby’s Lisgar Gardens is going to be nominated by Hornsby Shire Council as an International Garden of Excellence with the International Camelia Society.

This is a high honour and would make Lisgar Gardens only the second garden in New South Wales to be so recognised.

Lorraine Smith, who has been a Friends of Lisgar garden member for 20 years, spoke passionately in favour of the nomination at last night’s meeting.

“Many of the camellias growing in Lisgar Gardens have high significance and are extremely important specimens for conservation purposes,” Mrs Smith said.

“Of course, the camellias in Lisgar Gardens are also extremely important for the beauty of their blooms.

“Just imagine the number of visitors, from Australia and overseas, that becoming an International Camelia Garden of Excellence will bring to the Hornsby area.

“To achieve this recognition would be a high honour for Hornsby Council and Lisgar Gardens.”

Australia’s International Camelia Society Director Dr Stephen Utick recently visited the gardens and said they satisfy almost all of the criteria to become a Garden of Excellence.

Mrs Smith took note of his comments as he toured the gardens, which included phrases such as: “Beautiful old heritage Australian camellia”; “One of the finest Sydney specimens”; and “This camellia is a colonial gem”.

Lisgar Gardens was originally developed in the 1940s by Max Cotton, whose favourite plant was camellias, and bought by Hornsby Shire Council in 1967 as a public garden.

Council’s nomination will be decided at the 2020 International Camellia Society Congress, which will be held in Japan.

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