Lilian Fraser Garden
Cnr Bellamy and Laurence Streets, Pennant Hills
(02) 9847 6853
Access is less than 2 kilometres walk along Ramsay Road from Pennant Hills railway station, or by car - turning off Boundary Road into Bellamy Street. The park is about 1km from Pennant Hills Station.
Things To Do
- Wander through the garden
- Weddings, christenings and small receptions (no alcohol permitted)
- Guided tours by appointment
- Small community room available for hire
Lilian Fraser was born in 1908 at Kurrajong, NSW. The family moved to Pennant Hills after her father Charles purchased the 'Hopetoun' poultry farm in Bellamy Street sometime between 1915 and 1920.
Over the years, much of the original farm was sold off as residential lots but almost an acre was kept for gardens surrounding the house. The present garden covers 3,426 square metres.
Lilian Fraser lived on the property for most of her life. The third qualified female biologist in Australia, she joined the Department of Agriculture in 1940 to work on citrus crops.
During a career spanning 33 years, Dr Fraser made many significant contributions to world knowledge of citrus diseases. She travelled extensively in Australia and overseas, spending her holidays exploring bushland for new plant and disease specimens.
Following the death of her mother, Dr Fraser became more involved in the gardens surrounding the house, growing a wide range of plants.
As trees and shrubs matured, the garden evolved into the woodland garden it is today. Among the wide range of plants are some very special for their size or rarity.
As she approached old age with no immediate family, Dr Fraser offered her garden to Hornsby Shire Council. Her final wish was for her garden be enjoyed as a public garden and park. She died in 1987, aged 79.
- Donations welcome
- Large groups and bus parties must make arrangements in advance
- Children must be accompanied by adults and kept under control
- Please take all you litter home
- Please do not damage or remove plants