'...It is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows it...becomes a tree, so that birds come and perch in its branches.'
13 Matthew 32
Christ Church Beechworth's churchyard garden is shaded by some mighty trees. These include:
Quercus suber, a significant cork oak, growing near the Ford Street entrance adjacent to the rectory
Cedrus atlantica f. glauca, a towering Atlantic cedar
Araucaria bidwillii, a bunya pine, or bunya-bunya, endemic in south-eastern Queensland
Two Brachychiton populneus, or kurrajong
These trees have been listed by the Beechworth Treescape Group, a community organisation of dedicated volunteers passionate about preserving and maintaining Beechworth's historic treescapes, and included in the 'Church walks' section of the group's Town Walks brochure.
The garden also features memorial plantings, an avenue of Pyrus ussuriensis Manchurian pear, and a pair of Cupressus sempervirens Italian or Mediterranean cypress, both of which were advanced in a 1915 photograph taken for a Rose Series postcard. One has since been replaced.
Inside the church, symbolic representations of flowers, fruit, vines and leaves are shown in memorial windows crafted by colonial and later Victorian stained glass makers Ferguson and Urie, William Montgomery, Mathieson and Gibson, Ferguson and Papas, and F. and R. Mitchelson. Click on each image for information.
Beechworth Treescape Group
Indigo Shire Council
Ray Brown and Stained Glass Australia