Arleen is Western Australia’s unique Botanic Garden where Camellias, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Daphnes, Roses, Tulips and millions of other bulbs flourish amounts the many species of Eucalyptus trees. Walk’n Talk tours can be provided and popular interviews given on local radio. Maps of the grounds pinpoint areas where camellias are growing.
Arleen Botanic Garden is a very special place for camellias. Overseas visitors may not expect to see such a wide range of over 450 cultivars, thriving in Western Australia. They enjoy the cool moist microclimate provided by the fresh water stream and form swathes of colour under the Eucalyptus and deciduous trees from Autumn until Spring.
Planting is informal and maps pinpoint the areas where camellias are found, they are well labelled with an annual audit to ensure that labels are always clear and attached to the correct plant.
A database of species and varieties held in the garden is available on request and an information tablet gives quite detailed information about camellias, their introduction to Australia and their care in Australian gardens.
Some, including the beautiful C.pitardii ‘Araluen Star’ were bred in the State. Others have been donated by individual members of the Camellia Society of Western Australia who give enthusiastic help and guidance to the gardens.
9am – 6pm every day except Christmas Day Entry Fees – modest fees apply – see their website for details
BEST TIME TO VIEW CAMELLIAS
Sasanquas start their flowering in March with other Camellia varieties blooming until October. August and September have the added tulip display followed by the internationally acclaimed Roses flowering from November to April.
Araluen Botanic Park, 362 Croyden Road, Roleystone, Western Australia
(Just 35km south east of Perth)
Telephone: 08 9496 1171 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org