Selected plants in the Hortus
Tender evergreen shrub with broadly lance-shaped leaves and large panicles of very fragrant white flowers, ageing to yellow-brown, in spring. To 90cm. [RHSD, Hortus].
Added on February 08 2010
Half-hardy, erect shrub with deep crimson flowers, erect to pendant, the corolla somewhat flattened and the tube sepals and corolla a bright, rich red colour, with contrasting very large, white stamens. To 1.5m. [RHSD].
Added on August 23 2009
A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. Its flowers are up to 10cm across, a very delicate blush colour, almost white, striped and spotted with pale rose. The outer petals are nearly round and flat, the inner ones irregular, arranged in a loose cluster. [ICR].
Added on July 01 2009
Hardy, rigid, suckering, evergreen shrub with ovate leaves and axillary, bell-shaped white flowers, followed by white, pink or purplish berries. To 1m. [RHSD, Hortus].
Added on March 29 2009
Frost tender, scarcely spiny cactus with cylindrical stem, ultimate branches, flattened and almost leaf-like, and yellow flowers. To 3.5m. [RHSD, Hortus].
Added on March 02 2010
The wild type is a short-lived perennial, a somewhat untidy plant with blue flowers. To 60cm. It is mostly grown as an annual, with most cultivars being compact, mound-forming plants, 15-30cm tall, with numerous small, rounded flower clusters in shades of blue, red and white in summer. [RHSE, Hortus].
Added on September 09 2009
Cormous perennial with sword-shaped leaves and usually unbranched spikes of up to 12 tubular flowers, white with pink outside or pink with darker pink outside, in spring or summer. To 30cm. [RHSE, CECB].
Added on November 18 2009
The Hortus software has been upgraded. This led to some minor errors in the layout of plant names, particularly in the headings of Plant Profile pages but these have now been largely overcome. Improvements are also progressively being made to the content of the Hortus in three main areas, botanical and horticultural history, cross referencing and illustrations. Some enhancements will be done as the opportunity arises but most will be completed family by family. This will take at least two years to complete.
Published Sep 14, 2010 - 04:06 PM | Last updated Aug 12, 2012 - 04:36 PM
Sir William Macarthur wrote extensively on vines and Vineyards. It is our intention to publish all his writings in the Hortus.
Published Aug 01, 2010 - 04:58 PM | Last updated Oct 04, 2010 - 03:47 PM
Working Bee dates for 2012.
Published Jun 29, 2010 - 02:59 PM | Last updated Jan 10, 2012 - 04:19 PM
Camden Park House and Gardens will be open to the public on Saturday 22nd September, 2012, from 12.00 noon until 4.00 pm, and Sunday 23rd from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.
Published Dec 30, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Last updated Jan 09, 2012 - 04:31 PM
Floristry, in the 17th, 18th and 19th century meaning of the word, the growing and improvement of flowering plants for the sake of their beauty alone, has a long history in China and Asia but is of relatively recent origin in Europe. From quite humble beginnings, the small scale leisure activity of artisans and labourers, it attracted the attention of the owners of the great pleasure gardens and botanic gardens of Europe. Specialised nurseries began to appear to service great and small gardens, providing a means of disseminating the beautiful new varieties which the nurseries were both breeding and obtaining from enthusiastic amateurs.
Published Mar 12, 2010 - 02:41 PM | Last updated Jun 27, 2010 - 05:30 PM
Most of the camellias grown at Camden Park are cultivars of Camellia japonica L., the ‘Common camellia’, a native of China, Korea and Japan. The first plant introduced to Britain in 1739, and figured in Curtis's Botanical Magazine [BM t.42/1788], is close to the wild type. It bears single red flowers in early spring but is rarely planted now and was not grown at Camden Park. William Macarthur was an important breeder of camellias and many of the cultivars described in the Hortus were bred by him. Unfortunately few of these have survived.
Published Mar 13, 2010 - 01:43 PM | Last updated Jul 30, 2010 - 02:46 PM
Every Colonial gentleman with a household to maintain needed to keep an orchard of sufficient size to meet the needs of his kitchen and dining table at all times of the year. In 19th century Australia planting trees was an almost entirely manual operation, and establishing an orchard an expensive undertaking. William Macarthur developed a thriving and profitable nursery business in the 1840s, with an extensive and varied catalogue of plants for sale but heavily dependent on trees and shrubs, particularly fruit-bearing trees such as vines, oranges, apples, pears, plums, peaches and apricots. It was in the interests of Macarthur to ensure that the plants he sold were of high quality and that when received by the customer his plants not only survived but thrived and were productive. To this end he published a brief but detailed guide to what needed to be done to ensure that the planting of trees was as successful as possible and provided the best long-term results for his customers.
Published Jun 26, 2010 - 04:30 PM | Last updated Jun 26, 2010 - 04:36 PM
‘Letters’ is an important book in the history of wine production in Australia and this is, I believe, the first time that the full text has been made available outside the major libraries. The value of William Macarthur’s book compared with earlier Colonial publications is that it is written from the perspective of over twenty years of experience of growing grapes and making wine in New South Wales. He does include theory from the pens of European authorities but the bulk of the book is written from personal experience. He is in effect saying ‘this is what we have found to work here’.
‘Letters’ is reproduced in 10 parts, beginning with the Introduction, which provides information on the history of the book and gives a synopsis of early experiences of vine importation and wine production.
Published Aug 27, 2010 - 05:50 PM | Last updated Nov 24, 2011 - 01:57 PM
The Hortus attempts to correctly identify, describe, illustrate and provide a brief history of all the plants grown at Camden Park between c.1820 and 1861.
The Hortus plants served a wide range of purposes: ornament, living fences, fibre, dyestuffs, medicine, food from the garden and orchard, and many others.
Plants in the Hortus are grouped by Family, perhaps the most useful of the higher order classifications.
Essays enhance the Hortus by providing a level of detail about the gardens, people, and plants that would be inappropriate for an individual plant profile.
News provides an opportunity for people interested in the gardens to keep in touch with the work being done to maintain and reinvigorate the gardens and receive advance notice of events such as Open Garden days.