The beautiful old Glenlyon homestead – now the office building – was designed by John Lyon, an architect from Scotland, who built the perfectly dressed sandstone homestead in 1929. John Lyon was also the father of Helen Lyon who married Gordon MacGregor.

Glenlyon was named by Gordon MacGregor to honour his wife, Helen Lyon, and his own Scottish origins. Neil MacGregor, the previous owner of Glenlyon, was their son.


The lawn, with its trees and picnic tables outside the beautiful old sandstone office building, create a lovely place to relax and enjoy your picnic while surrounded by views of tranquil, open spaces, dolerite koppies in the distance and the beautiful sound of blue cranes visiting the Garden during our flowering season.

Please feel free to make use of this peaceful area.

As we are a no bins garden we will appreciate it if you take everything you brought to the Garden with you when you leave the Garden.


Books, maps, posters and other items are for sale at the Garden Office. Friendly staff will answer your questions to the best of their ability.

A reference Biodiversity Library is being established to serve as a resource for visiting scientists, students, scholars and the local community.

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