Pangarinda Botanic Garden
"Our Best Kept Secret"
This garden is a link in a chain of endeavour to conserve Australia's threatened flora.
We prioritize species from the highly modified drier agricultural regions of southern mainland Australia.
Situated on 30 HA of Crown Lands, Pangarinda Drive, Wellington East, South Australia
Winter is one of the best times to visit Pangarinda as there is a such a huge collection of hakeas growing there and now is the time when most are flowering. The very striking blue flowered Hakea Iehmanniana blooms right in front of the information bay at present. This Hakea is not common in cultivation. There is also the sky blue Lechenaultia biloba flowering at the same around the gardens. Some species of the Kangaroo Paw are beginning to bloom, as well as Banksias, Dryandras and Petrophiles.
When visiting, make time to walk the marked walkway, it will take walkers from the information bay through plants of WA into the Oympic 2000 plantings of local vegetation. When the Tailem Bend School Pupils started planting in 2000 there were only weeds. Today the walk takes you through a bush land of favourite places for many of our bird life. Watch out for the small quails that scoot across from one bush to another. Also the noisy babblers, flying low from one bough to another. Note the danger calls from the New Holland Honeyeaterswhen birds of prey fly past.
In May look out for Robin Red Breasts hopping along the fence, as well as a Golden Whistlers, giving their beautiful calls as they flit amongst the acacias.
Visit a collection of Australian plants that is amongst some of the best.
Plant of the month - Sandplains Woody Pear Xylomelum angustifolium
The Sandplains Woody Pear is a handsome, tall shrub which produces masses of long sprays of white flowers in the summer. The large silver grey woody pear like fruits that follow will hang on unopened amongst the narrow entire leaves until a fire occurs or a limb breaks off.
Native to Western Australia, common on the deep sand plains from the Murchison River to Corrigin.
Woody Pears are not seen in cultivation very often and this is the first time it has flowered at Pangarinda.
A young plant of Xylomelum occidentale is also growing at Pangarinda, it is native to the Jarrah forest of Western Australia. Differs with holly like leaves.
For more information, contact John Barrie of the Pangarinda Botanic Garden Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0407 282 477.