Wirraminna park is home to hundreds of different native plant species. Throughout the park, there are garden beds that specific themes. These can be distinguished from the more natural areas as most have some sort of garden edging and are signed.
Themed garden beds
Our themed garden beds include:
ALL SEASONS GARDENS (est. 1997)
A variety of native plants provide a seasonal floral display. The large granite rock donated by Mr Claude Hamdorf bears a plaque commemorating the official opening of Wirraminna in 1998.
PATANGA GARDENS (est. 1996)
Named after the native plant nursery that supplied many of the plants at Wirraminna. They were first planted in 1996, with the help of the Australian Plant Society (Albury). Eremophilas are featured here.
LOCAL WILDFLOWERS (est. 1996)
This features native shrubs and wildflowers grown form local seed. Many of these plants are locally endangered. Despite receiving no additional care, some of these plants are regenerating.
INDJIMARRA GARDEN (est. 2005)
Indjimarra means “respect” in the Wiradjuri language and this garden features plants useful to Aboriginals and early settlers in the district for food, tools, shelter and medicine.
ART AND CRAFT PLANTS (est. 1998)
Here are some of Australia’s more unusual plants, many of which provide interesting fruits, flowers, leaves and bark for craft activities, including Banksia, Hakea, Eucalyptus, Casuarinas and a rare Wollemi Pine.
WATTLE GARDEN BED (est. 1998)
Features a selection of small to medium-sized wattles including many local species, attracting a large variety of native birds.
NAIL CAN HILL WILDFLOWERS (est. 2003)
A selection of flowering climbers, wildflowers and native grasses found along Nail Can Hill Range near Albury are grown in this garden.
WATTLE GARDENS – has three sections (est. 1998)
- Specimen wattles – “small” tree sized wattles, west of garden bed.
- Garden beds – a wide range of shrubby and smaller wattles.
- Understorey – species selected to grow under established gum trees.
Wirraminna park also has themed areas without garden edging for the larger shrubs and trees, they include:
A small patch of woodland, where the Bridal Creeper weed was removed by Albury TAFE in 2003, to encourage the native understorey to regenerate. Bridal Creeper is a native to South Africa and is declared Weed of National Significance (WONS) in Australia.
CASUARINAS (est. 2006)
A number of Casuarina and Allocasuarina species are planted here. They increase the diversity of resources in eucalypt woodlands for native fauna.
Some of the 17 native Callitris species were planted but only the three naturally occurring Murray Valley species have survived the dry conditions.
GARDEN TREES AND SHRUBS (est. 1996)
Features a selection of small native trees and large shrubs suitable for residential gardens in the Burrumbuttock area.
NELDER (est. 1997)
This interesting cartwheel planting was designed by Australian Newsprint Mills. The Nelder contained Radiata Pine and seven other potential agroforestry species as a trial in our soils and climate. The Radiatas suffered from lower rainfall and in 2019 removal of the pines started. The replacement spokes of the wheel will eventually become a display of drought tolerant plant species, through funding received in early 2020 from the Department of Planning, Investment and Environment.
A range of Mallee and other distinctive eucalypts are planted here. They were selected on their potential ability to cope with clay soil and less that 600mm annual rainfall.
LANDCARE WINDBREAK (est. 1997)
A four-row shelterbelt planted with local native species by Burrumbuttock Public School students and parents. A further two rows were direct seeded in 2002.
A planting of four species of Ironbark eucalypts, noted for their rough bark and durable timber.
A little disturbed area with regeneration of natural Red Gum and White Box, planted with local native wattles.
Planted in 1997 with several striking smooth barked eucalypts with high landscape value.