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Published July 29th 2019
This garden is part of the historic Hotel Canberra precinct
Lying on the south side of the picturesque shores of Lake Burley Griffin, close to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and Albert Hall, Lennox Garden resides. This garden is packed with history as well as beauty and offers beautiful views of Black Mountain, the Brindabella Ranges and Canberra's city centre.
Before the construction of Lake Burley Griffin, there was a road that ran through the present garden, with the road being one of two main crossing points across the Molonglo River. The road was called Lennox Crossing, which Lennox Gardens takes its name from. In 1963, Lennox Gardens was officially named- being named after David Lennox, an early bridge builder in New South Wales and Victoria.
Telstra Tower and Black Mountain make a spectacular backdrop...
Lennox Gardens is a small part of the original Royal Canberra Golf Course establishment set up in the 1920s. When the filling of Lake Burley Griffin commenced in the 1960s, the golf course and the crossing submerged, and remaining above the lake level was a portion of one fairway, the clubhouse and the associated tree planting- where this area was named Lennox Gardens.
The garden is home to the large ageing Monterey Pine amongst a group of coniferous trees, which marks the site of the clubhouse near the northern end of gardens. The Monterey Pine is the sole survivor of several plants planted by Charles Kaye in 1918 to commemorate the return of his son Frank from WWI.
Lennox Park is home to numerous memorials and monuments including two landscaped gifts from Japan and China; each celebrating the sister city links between Canberra, Beijing and Nara- Japan's ancient capital.
Other features include Kasuga stones which were presented to Canberra by Japan in 1997, a monument to Australians in the Spanish civil war, and a stone monument commemorating the centenary of Federation and the Jewish National Fund. The Wisteria pergola is a celebration as well as a symbol of friendship between Canberra and the sister city of Nara, Japan.
The Beijing Garden is designed in the Imperial Chinese Garden-style of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912); the style is symbolic of luxury and refinement. The Imperial Chinese Garden is home to a traditional Chinese welcome gate, pathways that meander past Chinese stone sculptures and a Chinese pavilion which offers serenity, making it the perfect spot to reflect.
Lennox Gardens is truly beautiful and is certainly one outdoor nature attraction to visit this weekend, with its lush green lawns, plenty of space for picnics and barbecues. It also offers plenty of opportunities to relax under the shade of a towering tree.
Facilities include a picnic area, electric barbecue, picnic tables, seats and free car park.