Lennox Gardens is located on Flynn Drive in Yarralumla. Facilities include a picnic area, an electric barbecue and seating. Parking is provided off Flynn Drive and cycle path access is available.
Lennox Gardens, although created since the construction of Lake Burley Griffin in the early 1960s, has strong historical links to the early days of the National Capital. The formal and exotic character is intended to be consistent with that of the gardens of the Hotel Canberra and the Albert Hall created in the 1920s by Charles Weston, Canberra's first Superintendent, Parks and Gardens. Remnant planting from the 1920s and the naming of Lennox Gardens reinforces links to this earlier period.
Part of the historic Hotel Canberra precinct
Lennox Gardens is a small part of the original Royal Canberra Golf Course established, in the 1920s, on the Molonglo River floodplain downstream of Lennox Crossing. Lennox Crossing was a low level bridge linking Acton with South Canberra.
With the filling of Lake Burley Griffin in the 1960s, the golf course and the crossing were submerged. Remaining above lake level was a portion of one fairway, the clubhouse and associated tree planting and this area was named Lennox Gardens.
There is a large ageing Monterey pine (Pinus radiata) amongst a group of coniferous trees marking the site of the clubhouse near the northern end of the Lennox Gardens. It is the sole survivor of several planted by Charles Kaye late in 1918 to commemorate the return of his son Frank from the First World War.
The park was named after David Lennox (1788-1873) who was a noted Scottish-born bridge builder in New South Wales and Victoria.
A formal design recalling earlier times
The design for the gardens envisages a formal exotic character reminiscent of the gardens, created in the 1920s, of the Hotel Canberra and Albert Hall. Charles Weston's original planting of the golf course has been integrated into the design. Planting proceeded in the 1960s, while a major development program was commenced in the 1980s.
From the formal gateway established directly opposite the rear of Hotel Canberra a wide straight red gravel pedestrian boulevard leads towards the lake. A lakeshore boulevard and oval shaped park green have also been established. This formal arrangement is being progressively extended to the northern part of the gardens.
Adjacent to the pedestrian boulevard two formal elements have been established- the first is a small English style formal garden with rose beds and climbers on a central pergola, while the second, constructed in 1993, is an "Australians in the Spanish Civil War 1936 to 1939" memorial. Three olive trees are associated with this memorial. A third formal element, the Canberra-Nara Park, has also been incorporated into Lennox Gardens.
Gray, J (1997) The Historical and Cultural Background of Selected Urban Parks in Canberra.
Facilities and activities
- Electric/gas BBQs
- Drinking water
- Picnic tables
- Fitness equipment
- Fixed orienteering course
- Dogs allowed on leash
About urban parks
There are three main types of urban parks in Canberra: town parks, district parks and neighbourhood parks. Other landscaped components of the park system include:
- Pedestrian parkland which are corridors of open space provided for pedestrian movement within and between suburbs.
- Semi-natural open spaces which are areas of remnant grazing land or native vegetation, and include creek corridors, hilltop areas, ridges and buffer areas between suburbs.
- Native grassland or woodland sites which contain endangered plant species.
- Major road verges and medians.
- Informal use ovals which are non-irrigated open dryland grass areas for informal sport and recreational use.
- Special purpose areas which are large open spaces dedicated to specialised recreational activities or sporting events.
Plans of management
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