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The Garden:

A Short History of the Pear Walk

The property was acquired in 1892 by Mr. Frank Walker, a plantsman who was trained at Kew Gardens.  He planted orchards and expanded the acreage to encompass an orchard (at one stage over 90 acres was under fruit) where he grew not only fruit trees but flowers for cutting and shrubs for sale.  When he acquired exotic plants, they were grown under special conditions to acclimatize them to local conditions.  They were then sold.  The business was thriving at its height.  Fruit output reached 16,000 cases in one season.  When work in the orchard slowed, Mr. Walker kept workers busy by planting the Pear Arch and the Arbour Walk.

Now reduced to thirty acres, the two walks still stand although they have both been sadly neglected.  Bruce and Libby Goodsir revived the Pear Arch, which was featured in Australian Garden Design in 1987, but the Arbour Walk remained too daunting a task.  The present owners are hoping to restore both walks to their former beauty and have opened the Arbour Walk which had been neglected for some forty years.

A new Laburnum Walk and a has been planted and this is now part of a parkland garden which is being cultivated to include the existing house, built circa 1890, and two cottages built for country accommodation in the 1980?s.

Trees & Shrubs of Significance in The Pear Walk Gardens


The Pear Arch
Pyrus Rosaceae

Two types of pear tree were planted in the Pear Arch - KeIffer's Hybrid  while not self-pollinating, was considered one of the best canning pears, and it was mixed with Beurre Clirgeau.

The original planting of the walk, done in about 1906, was of 24 trees on each side of the arch, twenty feet apart.  On each side of the arch, a space of four feet in width was devoted to the growing of Ghent (mollis azaleas),Rhododendrons and Japanese maples (Acer japonicum).  At one end of the walk are two copper beeches (Fagus ?Dawyck Purple?).  At the other are two recently planted  paeony camellias ?Dixie Knight?. 

A mixture of bulbs can also be found, mostly of the narcissus family and some Kalmia (Ericacea) Latifolia, which were part of the original planting.  New pear trees are being planted to replace those that have succumbed to age.

The Arbour Walk

Beginning at two enormous Cryptomeria japonica Taxodiaceae, this walk is not for the faint-hearted.  Gumboots are needed to appreciate the full extent of this feature which ends at a natural spring that was here long before the original purchase of the property. Large Cyathea Dicksonia Antarctica still stand and the walk has been planted with some magnificent tree specimens.  A huge Liriodendron has grown amidst rhododendrons, camellias, birches flowering cherries, wisteria and flowering gums, pussy willow and Styrax.  This walk is as long as the Pear Walk but with a completely different ambiance.  Work is in progress and many more hours are needed to restore this feature. 


Names of plants on the Property

Aesculus hippocastanaceae


Araucaria araucana


Betula ? nigra, pendula, papyrifera

Prunus Beurre clirgot

Camellia species

Cedrus Atlantica

Cedrus Deodar

Chamycaparus  japonica


Corylus betulaceae

Davidia cornaceae,davidiaceae


Dicksonia Antarctica

Diospyros kaki







Iris japonica

Kalmia Latifolia

Kolwitzia Amabilis

Laburnum Vossii

Lavandula Laminaceae

Linum - Phormium tenax grandiflorum


Magnolia Grandiflora, M. Stellata





Melianthus major

Metasequoia glyptostroboides



Pieris japonica

Platanus hispanica acerifolia


Prunus dulcis


Pyrus Comminalus

Pyrus Salcifolia

Quercus robur

Quercus rubra

Quercus agrifolia

Quercus coccinea,

Quercus velutina


Alison Johnstone


Blue Diamond

Blue Peter

Boulters cream


Christmas Cheer


Cunningham?s white

Cunningham's White


Fastuosum Flora Pleno

Fastuosum Flora Pleno

Flora Pleno

Floral Dance




Lem's Cameo



Mt Everest

Mrs. Furnival's Daughter

Nancy Evans


Odee WrIght


Pink Pearl

Saffron Queen



Temple Belle


White Pearl


Romneya coulteri


?Constance Spry? etc.


Trachycarpus Fortuneii

Ulmus hollandica, procera, parvifolia, Dicksonii

Viburnum burkwoodii, macrocephalum, tinus, carlesii


Acacia longifolia

Wellingtonia gigantea (planted in 1904, in 1929 it was 4 feet in diameter and 60 feet high.)

Cedrus atlantica, deodara

Sequoia sempervirens

Sequoiadendron giganteum,

Thuja plicatSituated on the wine route in the middle of nowhere



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85 Quills Road, Lalla TAS 7267
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