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Woodland Garden

Our Woodland collection features trees, shrubs, bulbs and perennials from cool climates. Most of these plants come from the northern hemisphere.

A canopy of exotic trees, including Magnolia, Maple and Dogwood, provide shade during the summer, and shed their leaves in winter to let light through.

Groundcover and fallen leaves help to create a rich, cool soil for our woodland plants.

This garden has some unusual bulbs and perennials such as Toad Lily (Tricyrtis stolonifera), Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum odoratum), and Anemone Windflower.

The  Sweet Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) has tiny flowers that are strongly apricot-scented. This fragrant shrub is prized in Asian cooking as a flavour for desserts and tea.

Another interesting species is the Ruscus (Ruscus hypophyllum). The plant’s leaves have flattened stems or cladodes, with tiny white flowers in the middle, followed by small red berries.

The Woodland Garden also features a gazebo donated by the Friends of the Wollongong Botanic Garden in 1990.

The Woodland Garden is best during the spring, but is still beautiful year-round.


The Woodland Garden is near the centre of the Garden, closest to the southern pedestrian entrance on Murphys Avenue.

See location 18 on the map below (or click the map to open a larger PDF version).

map of Wollongong Botanic Garden