Tall sign pays tribute to Camellia Gardens’ history

October 23, 2017 by  

Professional printing services have been used to mount a tribute to the stunning E.G. Waterhouse National Camellia Gardens.

Enjoyed by thousands of visitors and locals from Caringbah and throughout the Sutherland Shire each year, the gardens have now welcomed a new and eye-catching interpretive sign, which was unveiled recently.

The double-sided sign stands

2.8 metres high and details the history of the site, which dates back to 1902 when its forerunner, the Matson Pleasure Grounds was first established.

Back then, the popular spot hosted boating and picnic outings and visitors included the Crown Prince of Japan along with offices from the Japanese fleet who docked nearby in 1905.

The site became the E.G. Waterhouse National Camellia Gardens during the Bicentenary celebrations in 1970 and today hosts one of Australia’s largest camellia collections. Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce said the Gardens hold an important part in the lives of locals and visitors today.

“Our community has told us how much they value the natural environment of our Sutherland Shire. It is part of our identity and at the heart of it is the E.G. Waterhouse National Camellia Gardens.”

He said that in addition to its history, the garden has attracted international acclaim.

This included the popular gardens receiving the International Camellia Society’s International Camellia Garden of Excellence Award in 2014 for being well established, available to the public for free and boasting in excess of 200 species of Camellias.