Places to visit

Branklyn Garden

Branklyn Garden

Rare species, exotic plants and curious cultivars

  • Discover this 2-acre hillside garden, created in the 1920s using seeds collected by plant hunters.

  • Admire alpine flowers, dog’s tooth violet and Himalayan blue poppies in spring.

  • Visiting in summer? The magnolias and the feathery purple Japanese maple are unmissable.

  • Take a deep breath in autumn – the katsura tree produces a delicious burnt sugar scent when its leaves turn.

This attractive garden, a peaceful haven within walking distance of Perth city centre, was developed by John and Dorothy Renton in the early 1920s after they built their Arts and Crafts-inspired house.

The couple were keen to have a garden that featured rare and unusual plants and flowers from all over the world. Thanks to the seeds collected by renowned plant hunters (including George Forrest and Frank Ludlow) and due to Dorothy’s remarkable gardening skills, the couple’s wish was granted.

Today, gardeners and botanists come from across the globe to admire Branklyn’s outstanding collection, particularly the rhododendrons, alpines and peat-garden plants. It also holds several National Collections of plants, including Meconopsis and Cassiope.