The Gallery of Gardens is a mosaic of seven unique gardens being developed as a key area for functions, events and recreation on the Events Terrace at the National Arboretum Canberra. It is an integral part of the Arboretum's master plan and vision.
Each garden has a unique design with a variety of trees, plants and landscape features. The features include a labyrinth, reflective pond, sculpture, stone walls and welcoming spaces for people to sit and enjoy the inspiring surrounds.
Avenues of trees have been planted along the roads and walkways to create an ever changing setting across the seasons.
The Gallery of Gardens has been created through the generous donations and fundraising efforts of many individuals and organisations.
The Open Gardens Australia Celebration Garden is a lasting tribute to Open Gardens Australia's twenty seven year history (1987-2016) and success in opening almost 20,000 gardens and raising more than $6 million for charitable causes.
The Labyrinth Garden offers the opportunity to walk an 18.2m, 11 circuit concrete labyrinth with a medieval pattern inspired by the Notre-Dame Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in France. It is designed as an inclusive space for contemplation and renewal.
The AIDS Garden of Reflection is a living tribute to those lost to AIDS and in support of those living with HIV. Designed as a place of contemplation, the garden provides an opportunity for families, friends and supporters to honour those lost to HIV and AIDS, heal, reflect and develop hope.
Mununja the Butterfly Garden depicts a dreamtime story of the Ngunawal people, the custodians of the land that includes Canberra and the site of the National Arboretum. The layout, colour and shapes of the garden reference the geometric scales on butterfly wings, in particular the Orchard swallowtail butterfly (Papilio aegeus), and the Common crow butterfly (Euploea core), both found along the east coast of Australia.
The Children’s Garden encourages children to play, explore and interact with their environment through the use of colour, texture, scent and form. The variety of plants creates a range of active play spaces, offering fun and stimulating experiences for all ages.
Construction to begin soon.
The Events Garden will provide a semi-secluded outdoor 'garden room' extension to the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion. The garden will offer a vibrant array of floral colour and feature a beautiful curved arbour with climbing roses, flowering Japanese dogwood and Crepe myrtle trees, bench seating and paths, rose beds and shade trees. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2017.
The sixth and seventh gardens in the Gallery of Gardens are currently being considered. Donations are welcome to enable the construction of these gardens, completing the Gallery of Gardens. To make a donation, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the links from the GreaterGood website at: http://www.greatergood.org.au/greatergood-fund.