The Dominican Peace and Sophia Gardens

Cumberland Park


Little Street, Cumberland Park

Sunday 16 October 2022
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Sunday 16 October 2022

10:00 AM
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4:30 PM

Description

 

This garden will open under covid guidelines. Please bring cash as EFTPOS facilities are not always available; entry fees are now $10 for general public and $8 for certain concessions.  Please note: open Sunday only.

 

Hidden away behind the high brick wall that encloses Cabra College is a surprise – overlooked by heritage stone buildings and a magnificent old Moreton Bay fig tree is a hectare of informal, tranquil gardens. The Peace Gardens were first established in 1987 as a memorial garden, a quiet yet stimulating space to connect with nature and enjoy all that a garden gives. The Sophia Garden shares the site and surrounds the Sophia Centre, a unique and inspiring building architecturally designed and symbolically shaped as a spiral. A vibrant mosaic, also spiral in design, is the work of artist Gail Donovan.

Mature trees create a sheltered feel and beneath their shady canopies, meandering paths connect several themed gardens and areas with varied planting styles. The paths wind through colourful beds of cheerful spring flowering plants, a contrast to the restrained and restful mood of the wooded area where mature eucalypts and peppercorn trees have an understory of Australian natives. Seats encourage visitors to take time to enjoy the serenity of the gardens. A labyrinth designed by artist Cedar Prest was built with stones on bare earth by Sophia volunteers. There is a circular herb garden, the Kaurna garden planted with edible Australian native plants and a small fenced Garden Cemetery for the Dominican Sisters. Each grave is marked with a white Celtic Cross.

The many trees are all treasured, but the massive Moreton Bay fig is a favorite. In 2020 a mini-tornado severely battered the garden, causing extensive damage to this majestic and much-admired giant. Arborist David Mably used his experience and skills, judicious pruning and ongoing maintenance to successfully return the tree to health and now there is little evidence of the devastation. At 11am David will talk about caring for trees and will explain what was involved in restoring this tree.

The Sophia Centre will be open to allow visitors to explore this remarkable building with its circular walls and an inner Spiral Garden. Information about the activities held in the centre will be available.

The Dominican Peace and Sophia Gardens are beautiful, calm and uplifting – a secluded, special space.

 

Extra activities: Morning and afternoon tea; roaming garden guides; plant and craft sales; arborist David Mably will talk at 11am about how to care for trees, and how he restored a Moreton Bay fig tree after it was devastated by a mini tornado.

Please note: About half of the garden is accessible to prams and wheelchairs.

Size: 2ha, 4.9 acres.

The chosen charity is: Sophia

Garden Notes

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Parking in grounds of Cabra Dominican College. Enter from Little Street.
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The standard entry fee is $10 adults, $8 concession on presentation of the Eligible Commonwealth Government concession cards (which are the Pensioner Concession Card and the Health Care Card, but not a Seniors Card).  The concession is also available on presentation of a Horticultural Tertiary student concession card for TAFE students.  OGSA Members, including current season Garden Owners are eligible for the $8 concession on presentation of their Membership card.

Icons indicate if dogs on leashes are allowed or not allowed. Icons will also indicate the Garden’s  amenities including suitability for pushers and wheelchairs and toilet facilities. If these icons are not shown, these facilities are not available. Please click on Garden Protocol menu to see further information about  garden visits.

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