Sensory Gardens


A journey through the Sensory Gardens is like wandering through a subtle multi-sensory kaleidoscope. The contrasting colours and shapes of the flowers and foliage stimulate the visual senses. Sweet scents drift by to be overtaken by other delicious scents. Soothing sounds are made by the bamboo swaying in the breeze and the fountains splashing in the pond. 

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HISTORY

The Sensory Gardens were opened to the public in September 2011 and are a place of enchantment and inspiration. There is a rich range of sensory experiences provided by the clever design and carefully selected plants.

The many elements include playful water features, a striking sculpture of the Barking Gecko and the enticing stepping stones. 

To help fund the Sensory Garden Dubbo City Council received $458,000 from the Federal Government, and many local TAFE students contributed their time to the construction of this garden.


ELEMENTS OF THE GARDEN

Significant elements within the Sensory Gardens include:
• A Georgian style rose bed planted with David Austin Roses
• Interactive and accessible water features
• A striking sandstone sculpture of the Barking Gecko
• Stepping stones across the lake
• A herb garden and all access potting bench
• Over 1,300 plants.


PLANTS IN THE GARDEN INCLUDE:

COMMON NAME 

                             BOTANIC NAME

Water Plants

Common Reed 

 Phragmities australis

Common Rush

 Juncus usitatus

Common Spikerush

 Eleocharis acuta

Tall Sedge  

 Carex appressa

Jointed Twig Rush

 Baumea articulate

 Garden Plants

Mudgee Wattle

 Acacia spectabilis

Weeping Maple 

 Acer palmatum Atropurpureum Std

Fern Leaf Maple

 Acer japonica f. aconitifolium

Japanese windflower

 Anemone X hybrida

Cailtlins giant Bugle

 Ajuga Jungle beauty

Pink Silk Tree

 Albizzia julibrissin

Lemon scented verbena

 Aloysia triphylla

Kangaroo paw

 Anigozanthos 'Bush gem'

Columbine

 Aquilega vulgaris

Wormwood

 Artemisia arborescens

African Daisy

 Arctotis hybrida

Lemon Myrtle

  Backhousia citriodora

Alphonse Karr Bamboo

 Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'

Slender Weavers Bamboo

 Bambusa textilis 'gracilis'

Banksia ‘Birthday Candles’  

 Banksia spinulosa 'Birthday Candles'

Brachycome daisy

 Brachyscome multifida

Queensland Bottle Tree

 Brachychiton rupestris

Bubbleja

 Buddleja davidii 'Harlequin'

Box Hedge

 Buxus microphylla var.japonica

Fringe Myrtle

 Calytrix tetragona

Mexican Orange Blossom

 Choisya ternate

Silk Floss Tree, Kapok

  Ceiba speciosa

Meyer Lemon

 Citrus limon 'Meyer'

Kaffir lily hybrid

 Clivia miniata 'hybrid'

Lemon Scented Gum

 Corymbia citriodora

Convolvulus

 Convolvulus mauritanicus

Karo Red

 Coprosma 'Karo Red'

Cordyline

Cordyline stricta 'Red Sensation'

Lemongrass

 Cymbopogon citratus

Lemon Scented Myrtle

 Darwinia citriodora

Ghost Bamboo

 Dendrocalamus minor 'amoenus'

Purple Hop Bush

 Dodonaea viscose Purpurea'

Lavender Grass

 Eragrostis elongata 'Elvera'

Escallonia

 Escallonia 'Red Elf'

Bush blue gum

  Eucalyptus globulus 'compacta'

Blue Fescue

 Festuca Glauca

Cumquat

 Fortunella

Gardenia

 Gardenia augusta 'florida'

Honey Locust Lime Green

 Gleditsia triacanthos 'Lime Green'

Curry Plant

 Helichrysum angustifolium

Yellow Buttons

  Helichrysum ramosissimum

Native Frangipani 

 Hymenosporum flavum

Japanese blood grass

 Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'

Impatiens 

 Impatiens 'red' / 'white'

Bearded iris 

 Iris germanica

Red Hot poker

 Kniphofia – Winter Cheer

French Lavender

 Lavandula dentata

Crepe Myrtle

 Lagerstroemia indica x L. fauriei 'Sioux'

Variegated liriope/mondo

 Liriope 'Stripey White'

Tea tree 

 Leptospermum 'Wiri donna'

Apple 

  Malus domestica

Peppermint

 Mentha piperita

Broad Leafed Paperbark

 Melaleuca quinquenervia

Common Mint 

 Mentha viridis

Magnolia Little Gem

 Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

Port wine Magnolia

 Michelia figo

Weeping Mulberry

  Morus alba 'Pendula'

Myoporum

 Myoporum parvifolium

Sacred bamboo

 Nandina domestica

Catmint 

 Nepeta cataria

Olive

Olea europaea

Black Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Flax hybrid 

 Phormium 'Bronze baby'

Variegated Lemon scented Geranium

 Pelagonium crispum variegata

Chinese pistachio

 Pistacia chinensis

Pittosporum Emerald Star

 Pittosporum tenuifolium Emerald Star'

Silver Sheen

  Pittosporum 'Silver Sheen'

Black Bamboo  

 Phyllostachys nigra

Plumbago white

 Plumbago 'White'

Pomegranate

 Punica granatum

Climbing Pierre de Ronsard

  Rosa 'Pierre de Ronsard'

Rose

  Rosa Crepuscule

Rosemary

 Rosmarinus officianalis

Mexican sage

 Salvia leucantha

Salvia

 Salvia mexicana 'Limelight'

Chinese Tallow Wood

 Sapium sebiferum

Lambs ears

  Stachys lanata

Lilly Pilly

 Syzgium australe 'Elite'

Star jasmine ground cover

 Trachelospermum asiaticum

Chinese Elm

 Ulmus parvifolia 'Yarralumla'

Violets 

 Viola labradorica

Vinca

 Vinca major

Wisteria

 Wisteria Sinensis Blue Pacific

Wollemi Pine

   Wollemi nobilis

Grass tree  

 Xanthorrhoea australis

Grass Tree

 Xanthorrhoea glauca

Flamboyant 

  Delonix regia

Golden Trumpet Tree

 Tabebuia chrysotricha

Gymea Lilly 

 Doryanthes excelsa

Japanese Sago Palm

 Cycad revoluta