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Waite Arboretum - for Science and Solace

Peter Waite's far-sighted gift of his Urrbrae estate specified that the western half was to be held in perpetuity as a park or garden for the enjoyment of the public.

The Arboretum, established in 1928, is more than a beautiful, tranquil green space: it is a 30-hectare experimental collection of plant species from around the world being trialled for suitability to our soils and climate and providing a valuable resource for scientific research and teaching.

The collection of more than 2300 labelled trees includes many species endangered in the wild and a heritage-listed Elm Avenue. Special collections include oaks, ornamental pears and dragon trees.

The trees are grown without watering after establishment, demonstrating which species perform well under rainfall alone and informing better species selection for our urban forests of the future.

Interpretive signs, koalas, birds, stunning sculptures, a labyrinth, a watercourse and shady seats enrich the visitors' experiences.

The Arboretum is open and free, dawn til dusk, every day of the year and free guided walks are held on the first Sunday of every month. It is supported by the Friends of the Waite Arboretum and a group of dedicated volunteers.

For more information visit or contact the Director, Dr Jennifer Gardner on +61 8 8313 7405.

Waite Arboretum

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