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Published September 11th 2020
For lovers of gardens and walks
The Davidson Arboretum is located at 11 Cawdor Rd, Highfields.
The Davidson Arboretum is nestled into the suburbs of Highfields. An arboretum is a botanic garden devoted to trees. The focus of the park is predominantly deciduous trees and shrubs from the northern hemisphere.
A meandering path leads you on an interesting and relaxing walk.
The park was kindly donated to the Crows Nest Shire Council (now part of the Toowoomba Regional Council) by local residents Ken and Mary Davidson in 2007. It took Ken nearly 20 years to plant the park as it stands today, according to his vision. His goal was to discover how well exotic, ornamental species would grow in the area.
The park is set on one hectare and was formerly used for grazing. A circular maze beneath the evergreens will be a refreshing way to head out through the park, once the foliage has come on. Trees you can expect to see include maple, ash, blossom trees, conifer, oak, magnolias and some rare species. A few native Australian trees add to the mix.
There are many of these for the lovers of clivias.
Floral plants include clivias, freesias, irises, lilies and the odd renuncula, so it's a colourful spring garden. There is a meandering path and it's an easy and relaxing stroll. A sundial sits in the middle of a formal arbour area where you can also take a rest by the manicured lawns.
A sundial by the manicured lawns and shady arbour.
There are three entry points into the Davidson Arboretum: Flamingo Rd, Cawdor Rd and Powell Crt. Signs point the way from Cawdor Rd, off the New England Highway. Only a 15-minute drive from Toowoomba. There are no amenities in the park, but they are not far away at the Peacehaven Botanic Gardens.
Purple irises are fairly plentiful around the garden beds.