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Celebrate spring at 'September in Wistaria Gardens'

Published: 2 September 2022 at 12:50 pm

Roll out the picnic blanket and enjoy live music in Parramatta’s much-loved Wistaria Gardens this September when the Gardens’ annual spring display returns to bloom.


‘September in Wistaria Gardens’ will run over two weekends including 10-11 and 17-18 September to coincide with the Gardens’ annual floral displays of wisteria and cherry blossoms.


Visitors can enjoy roaming musicians and grab a coffee and snack while celebrating the new plantings and sharing their stories about Wistaria Gardens.


Greater Sydney Parklands Acting Chief Executive, Joshua French said the annual display has been an important local tradition for almost 100 years.


“We want to celebrate spring and celebrate a new era for Wistaria Gardens. Parramatta Park Trust is now taking care of the Gardens and we’ve been working hard to revive the garden beds for everyone to enjoy in time for spring,” said Mr French.


“This is an important place for the Parramatta community. Sharing your stories and memories of the Gardens will help acknowledge and celebrate its past as we plan for its future. Wistaria belongs to the community and they’ll play an important role in how we restore them to their former glory.”


Wistaria Gardens officially became part of Parramatta Park in July 2022. Built in 1906, the Gardens were the personal gardens of the Medical Superintendent of the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum, Dr William Cotter Williamson and were cared for by the patients as part of their treatment.


“We would love to hear your stories on what the Gardens mean to you and hear what you think of ideas like a Volunteer Gardeners Program, restored gardens and paths with recreated Japanese Tori Gates, or even water-based recreation on the river,” said Mr French.


Parramatta Park Trust will commence the preparation of a Conservation Management Plan, and a Plan of Management, which will be prepared and consulted on with the community in 2023.


For more information, visit www.parrapark.com.au/things-to-do/wistaria  

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