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Director: Dr Jennifer Gardner
Waite Arboretum
Urrbrae House - Waite Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5064

+61 8 8313 7405

Arboretum watercourse, lined with purple loosestrife

Arboretum watercourse, lined with purple loosestrife


The development of the watercourse began in 1994 with the creation of meanders and a series of ponds and planting of native water plants. The lake was built by Peter Waite at the turn of the 20th century, but has since been enlarged and is now fed by a bore as well as by stormwater.

Sedges have proved to be most successful, with the purple loosestrife providing a splash of colour through the summer. A palm and cycad walk has been established along the verge of the watercourse with the assistance of the Palm & Cycad Society of SA.