Fangorn, private garden

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Australia - New South Wales - Armidale

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

A section of Fangorn native garden during a Hoar Frost in 2012. The garden hosts the National Living Correa Collection.
A section of Fangorn native garden during a Hoar Frost in 2012. The garden hosts the National Living Correa Collection.

About the Fangorn, private garden

This private garden was established over 30 years ago and was renovated in 2007. It comprises two very large bush gardens which allow for many different microclimates. The garden is situated at approximately 1100 m above sea level and is built on a ridge of floating basalt. The climate here is cool temperate with winter minimums reaching -15C and summer maximums rarely exceeding 35C. The garden hosts the National living Correa collection. The owner and collector, Maria Hitchcock was Leader of the ANPSA Correa Study Group for 16 years and developed the collection during that time. She is author of 'Correas - Australian Plants for Waterwise Gardens (Rosenberg 2010). Maria is currently Leader of the ANPSA Waratah and Flannel Flower Study Group and is establishing a collection of hybrid Waratahs in the garden. The area experienced a major drought in 2013-14 which has has continued into 2019 making it the worst drought on record. The gardens are watered sparingly from a reliable bore and the water quality is favourable for garden conditions.

Main Address:
Fangorn, private garden
16 Hitchcock Lane
New South Wales 2350 Australia

Telephone: 02 67 751139
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Maria Hitchcock, Manager/Collector
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Maria Hitchcock
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 1
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Private Collection
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
  • Date founded: 1980
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Total Area: 1 Hectares
    Latitude: -30.48639
    Longitude: 151.59667
    Annual Rainfall: 800 mm
    Altitude: 1100.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 5 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 25 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Fangorn Native Garden
  • Local Address: 16 Hitchcock Lane
  • Locality: City: Armidale
  • Locality: State: NSW

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: No
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 289
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 289
  • Special Collections:Taxa planted in garden or held in pots or as cutting material.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: No
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: No
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: No