Woodbank Rare Plants
Specialising in Rhododendrons, Japanese azaleas and exotic perennials. Garden visits, open days, plant sales. Also open by appointment. Established by Ken and Lesley Gillanders, lovingly restored by Harry and Kerry Van Den Berg. An idyllic setting – 3 Lakes, waterlilies, sweeping lawns and majestic Gondwanaland plants.
Admission $10.00 – including tea and coffee . Garden tours by appointment.
Woodbank Gardens and rare plants is situated in Longley, about 20 minutes south of Hobart.
The garden was planted in 1975 by Ken Gillanders, who received the order of Australia for his services to horticulture. Ken and Lesley ran Woodbank as a propagation nursery, specialising in Gondwanaland plants, and collected specimens from all the countries which once formed the ancient supercontinent, including: Chile, Ecuador, Tierra Del Fuego, Americas, China, the alpine regions of Tasmania, New Zealand, Easter Island, and many other remote and botanically interesting places!
The Garden contains about 1,000 rhododendrons (including species from the Himalayas and Sikkim). The flowering time for these is from mid-September through to mid-November, when it is ablaze with colour.
Woodbank covers approximately 4 acres, with level access. There is a further 15 acres of native bushland, filled with native birds not commonly found elsewhere and fascinating Tasmanian animals, including spotted quolls and Tasmanian devils.
There are masses of bulbs in Spring, and many rare species endemic to Tasmania, including: Huon Pine,Leatherwoods,Nothofagus , Eucalyptus Vernicosa and many rare and unusual conifers. Alpine species and magnolias are also a feature.The garden is planted around 3 small lakes and has a tranquil atmosphere, Chilean bellflowers (Lapageria) festoon the garden and Tasmanian Waratahs flower in late Spring.
We are also close to other well–known gardens, should groups wish to visit more than one!
Woodbank was featured on Gardening Australia a number of years ago and this episode can still be watched on their website .It is called “An Ancient Landscapes.’ Presented by Tino Carnevale in June 2012.
2040 Huon Road Longley.
P: (03) 6239 6032
M: 0448 007 525