About the Lisgar Gardens
Nestled within the busy streets of west Hornsby, Lisgar Gardens is a peaceful hillside garden overflowing with flowers. The gardens cover an area of 6.5 acres and are built on a steep hillside, with more than 90 varieties of camellia blossoming among the stunning green landscape. While the camellias are undoubtedly the garden’s biggest drawing point, they are complemented by other species including rhododendrons, azaleas and gardenias along with native trees and ferns. This lovely floral setting is very popular for weddings, and also features a covered pavilion area, with the garden available for hire for special occasions. There’s plenty to explore in the gardens, with a shade house containing fish ponds, a gazebo, three waterfalls, informal lawn areas, picnic tables and even a rainforest walk. Lisgar Gardens is rich in history, with the site originally purchased in 1917 by Dr. Max Cotton from his brother Leo, with the specific plan of creating the gardens. They were sold to Hornsby Shire Council in 1967, with some of the original camellias still existing today.