Meandering paths form a picturesque walk around the central billabong leading through the “Federation Arch”
Location Kearney’s Drive, Bletchington
Statement of Significance
The Orange Botanic Gardens is a comparatively new parkland of 20 hectares located within the Northern suburban edges of the city. The Botanic Gardens were officially opened during the Bicentenary year in 1988. The rolling landscaped parklands are home to a collection of native and exotic plants as well as elements and objects of cultural significance.
The Botanic Gardens represent a considerable contrast to the colonial Victorian character of the formal parklands of Central Orange. The Botanic Gardens combines plantings of exotic species, such as the Birches adjacent to the entry and the heritage rose garden, with single and drift plantings of Australian natives.
The significance of Orange Botanic Gardens lies in a number of areas. Firstly, it has scientific significance as a botanical collection and environmental significance for the birdlife that is attracted to the gardens. Secondly, it has a social significance arising from its role as a site of recreation, community events and special occasions such as weddings. Thirdly, the gardens have historic significance, both as a repository for historic objects such as the Shadforth Church and as a symbolic marking of the Bicentenary.
Objects and Elements: Orange Botanic Gardens
Donated by the Orange Garden Club in 1998 and providing a formal entry point for the gardens.
Established in 1991, the Heritage Rose Garden contains a variety of Roses, grouped categorically as: Roses from the cemeteries of the area; Fruhlings’ Roses; English Roses; Tea Roses; Hybrid Musk Roses, Species Roses; and Rugosa Roses. The Roses form an appropriate setting for the relocated Shadforth Church.
Nestled amongst the Heritage Rose Garden is an historic church relocated to the gardens from Shadforth in 1989. The church was formerly St Paul’s Anglican Church.
“Federation Arch” by Bert Flugelman, 2001
”Federation Arch” was commissioned by the Orange Regional Arts Foundation and unveiled in 2001. The sculpture is intended to symbolise the passing of Australia from one century to the next. The highly modern shapes and material are a contemporary interpretation of the stone arches constructed in celebration of Federation. As a work by one of Australia’s prominent sculptors, this piece is of national cultural significance.
The Peace Walk was commenced by the Orange Peace Group in 1986 and incorporates a garden of Olives, Rosemary, Peace Roses and Myrtles, all plants that are symbolic of peace. The walk and garden was identified by the community as a feature of significance.
Various sections of the gardens include, or are dedicated to, native Australian plants. Species featured include Melaleucas, Casuarinas, Acacias and Eucalypts.
The Botanic Gardens include many plantings of exotic species, often in themed gardens. Silver Birches, Roses, varieties of Apple and Pears, Conifers, Rhododendrons, Bulbs and Perennials are all featured in the gardens.