Lisgar Gardens | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Lisgar Gardens

Item details

Name of item: Lisgar Gardens
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Planting groups
Primary address: 23, 35X Lisgar Road, Hornsby, NSW 2077
Local govt. area: Hornsby
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
23, 35X Lisgar RoadHornsbyHornsby  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Beautifully maintained cultural garden of extensive varieties of Camellias. Dates from 1917 and is situated in natural bushland surrounding. Of regional significance.
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Physical description: Situated on a steep south sloping hillside above Waitara Creek and devoted to Camellias. The mature Camellias are up to 5 metres high and are set out in terraces. Features include finely built dry sandstone retaining walls and fine sandstone fishponds. There are numerous winding paths small bridges and waterfalls. Restored and reopened in 1968. A bush house and gazebo have been added recently. A mature Cypress at the eastern end of the main terrace (15m high) probably dated from 1920/30#s as well as a mature Magnolia to 14m. The gardens are set in a bushland background of Hawkesbury sandstone vegetation which extends in to Florence Park. There are fine natural sandstone ledges and cliffs. Notable indigenous trees include mature Sydney Peppermint Stringybark and Smooth Bark Angophora Note: The location of the water pump creates a disturbing noise. #The Glade# with roof and walls of artificial shade cloth is not sympathetic to the period character - palm branches etc. would be more appropriate.


Historical notes: Lisgar Gardens were created in 1917 by Dr Max Cotton and are mainly devoted to Camellias of which Cotton planted 72 varieties. The fine sandstone walls and fishponds are said to have taken two stonemasons two years to build. The gardens were restored and opened by Hornsby Council in 1968.

Recommended management:


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  22 Jul 94   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Hornsby Shire Heritage Study1993 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty LtdWA No

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Database number: 1780679

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