With the weather heating up, the Wisteria Gardens in full bloom and the annual Wisteria Fete in full action, there is lots to celebrate at Cumberland Hospital.
But the organisers of the Wisteria Fete and hospital staff have something else to smile about.
They discovered a Sydney Morning Herald article dated September 12, 1952 which states that the garden was planted by Dr Williamson, the superintendent of the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum, after a visit to China and Japan more than 40 years ago — making the garden 101 years old.
Nurse unit manager and Cumberland Hospital Wisteria Fete committee president Margaret Bannister said she hadn't realised the garden was that old.
She said the article was discovered by a relative of an ex-nurse.
"This came up and she [ex-nurse] rang me and said 'go on to Facebook and you will find something very interesting'," Ms Bannister said.
"I thought the garden started around 1952, and then when I read the article, I saw that it had been going for another 40 years.
"As soon as I read the article I thought 'Oh, now I've missed the 100-year celebrations'."
To celebrate the find, staff and fete organisers have planted a wisteria tree in the grounds of the hospital.
Celebrations will continue at the Wisteria Fete this weekend.
Fete attendees can participate in karaoke, wood-turning displays, dance shows and other performances.
They can also visit the hospital museum.
Proceeds raised from the fete will be donated to Cumberland Hospital.
■ Details: Cumberland Hospital, 9840 3000.