Callistemon sp., Red Hill, Canberra card
Australian native plant
Reproduced from an original watercolour painting by Cheryl Hodges
Greeting card 10 x 15cm, blank inside with white envelope
Text on reverse of card reads:
Walter Burley Griffin had planned a ‘coloured hills’ concept for Canberra. He envisaged Mt Pleasant being planted with purple flowering plants, Mt Ainslie with golden plants, white and pink for ‘Rosy Hill’ (Black Mountain) and red for Red Hill. Charles Weston began planting Callistemon sp. on Red Hill in 1917, initially 2,880 Callistemon lanceolatus (Callistemon citrinus). The Yarralumla Nursery cards indicate that between 1917 and 1920 Weston had planted 3,027 Callistemon citrinus and 848 Callistemon rigidus. Many Callistemon sp. still remain on Red Hill, not far down the hill from the cafe. In the background is a drawing of a map which is from 1917 and indicates the area of the Callistemon planting in the red rectangle.