Lisgar Gardens

Lisgar Gardens covers an area of 2.4 hectares (six acres).

The site was originally purchased in 1917 by Max Cotton (1887 to 1967) from his brother Leo, specifically for the purpose of creating the gardens. In 1967, Hornsby Shire Council purchased the property, naming it Lisgar Gardens.

Built on a steep hillside, the gardens' different levels were created by the construction of sandstone block walls. By 1950, the gardens were planted with rhododendrons, azaleas, gardenias and other exotics in harmony with native trees and ferns, highlighting the seventy two varieties of camellias.

Some of the original camellias still exist in the gardens today and are now over fifty years old. The gardens now boast over ninety varieties of camellias, a covered pavilion for weddings and other celebrations, a shade house containing the fish ponds, a gazebo, three waterfalls, informal lawn areas, picnic tables, and a rainforest walk.

Nearby events

  1. Easter Cupcakes

    Saturday 20 April 2019 , Mosman

    Create beautiful Easter themed cupcakes! Learn to decorate six cupcakes with an Easter theme. Learn use of ganache and fondant decorations. All cupcakes, equipment provided. About the teacher (For Heaven's Cake): Lesley is the owner…

    20 Apr
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    Saturday 20 April 2019 , Hornsby Ku Ring Gai

    The Co-Dependants are a fresh new band comprised of some of the best musicians in Sydney. Collectively the guys have played with many industry greats, and after touring with Christina Parie (X-Factor), decided it was so much fun they’d…

    20 Apr