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SA Branch: Guided walk through First Creek Wetland at the Adelaide Botanic Garden

Wednesday 8 February,  6.00pm   Guided walk through First Creek Wetland at the Adelaide Botanic Garden with Dr Lucy Sutherland, Director & Andy Hart, Horticultural Curator. Meet at the Conservatory Gate – Plain Tree Drive.  Optional dinner at the Hackney Hotel after tour.   Dr Lucy A. Sutherland was appointed in 2016 as the Director of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia and State Herbarium, following her role as the National Coordinator of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership. There she worked with the... More

SNNSW Branch: Illustrated talk by Judy Fakes

Wednesday 15 February 6pm for 7pm - 8.30pm   Illustrated talk by Judy Fakes - Trees & neighbours – managing disputes   Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill. Cost: Members $20 Guests $30 includes light refreshments. Bookings essential.   Bookings & enquiries for all events email: NOTE: Please book before transferring money to the account - the event may be booked out. Payment confirms booking. BOOKINGS CLOSE 24 HOURS PRIOR TO EVENT. &n... More

Nth NSW Branch: Womens' Agricultural Security Production Service (WASPS)

Sunday 19 February, 4.00 pm Meeting at UNE Heritage Centre followed by dinner at the New England Hotel. Speaker Bill Oates, NNSW Chair.   This was a program, devised in 1942 and based at Armidale Teachers' College, by New England grazier and businessman Don Shand (creator of what was East West Airlines post-WWII). A fascinating account of a little-known wartime activity allied to the Australian Womens' Land Army.   No cost for the talk; dinner afterwards at own cost. Contact: Helen Wilson More

SH Branch: Jazz in the Garden at Prittlewell

Sunday 19 February, 4.30pm – 7.00pm Prittlewell, 21 Bodycott’s Lane, Fitzroy Falls   By popular demand we are returning to the site of our inaugural Jazz picnic.  Stroll around this magnificent garden then settle down to listen to swing jazz classics while enjoying your picnic.   And, if the weather is not kind, there is an enormous barn!   Parking is available in the paddock behind Prittlewell – please follow the signs   We look forward to welcoming back Next on the List, whose swing jaz... More

QLD Branch: Summer Event

Saturday 28 January 2017, 2.00pm QUEENSLAND BRANCH SUMMER EVENT After our branch meeting our summer event, open to all interested visitors, will begin. We are delighted to have the presence of Dale Arvidsson, Curator, Brisbane Botanic Gardens. His topic is "From display to interpretation - ideas on working together to promote the history of Brisbane's Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum" will take the form of an interactive look at ways to better interpret our botanical history.   This event will be follo... More

ACT Branch: Guided tour of Versailles. Treasures from the Palace

Thursday 2 February 3.00pm Versailles. Treasures from the Palace Kay Johnston will lead this Members Only guided tour of garden related works in the recently opened exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. It will be followed by refreshments in the Sculpture Garden. Those who attend will need to purchase an exhibition entry (although many members may have availed themselves of the offer to NGA members of “a golden pass” for multiple entries with their first visit). Meet 2.45 pm in the NGA foyer Cost $10 Members- includi... More

UPDATED: Avenues of Honour and other significant plantings – Australia-wide list

Honour & Memorial Avenues / Roadside Plantings; Lone Pines / Arbor Day Plantings – Australia-wide Explore this recently updated list (June 2016) by Sydney member Stuart Read, which is divided into states and territories, to discover plantings near you or farther afield. We welcome your input on Avenues that do not appear on the list. Email: For more information please visit the following webpages Treenet   More

Yaralla's garden - a new self-guided tour brochure available

AGHS visited Yaralla in 10/2004 when its national conference was last held in Sydney. Bauhinia x variegata in mauve were a bit of a feature, amongst other rarities. We had a day in Western Sydney which was a bit of a revelation for members present.   Yaralla estate at Concord is a remarkable surviving Victorian and Edwardian private estate in the midst of suburban Sydney. Much of its 'home suburb' of Concord and nearby parks and golf course were formerly parts of the Yaralla estate.   Listed on the NSW State Heritage Regis... More

Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens

Saturday 3 September, 11am Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens  Exclusive AGHS Members only preview and talk from curator Richard Aitken Venue: State Library New South Wales, meet in the Macquarie Street Entrance Foyer.   Australian Garden History Society is proud to be the principal sponsor of the State Library New South Wales exhibition Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens as part of the bicentenary celebrations for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Richard Aitken, formerly co-editor of Australian Garden History,... More

AGHS Garden Restoration Project in the News

Montague Island Kitchen Garden restoration was a recipient of the Society's Garden Restoration Fund between the ACT Monaro Riverina Branch and the National body. Working alongside the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service volunteers from the ACT Monaro Riverina Branch have been busy planting out the next crop of vegetables.   To read the full article on ABC News online click here    Colleen Morris' Plan for the Reinstatement of the Kitchen Garden, Montague Island - available here More

Kindred Spirits Fund

On her death Lady Law-Smith bequeathed to the Australian Garden History Society the publication rights to the book, ‘Kindred Spirits: A Botanical Correspondence¹. This tells the life stories of Joan Law-Smith and the fine botanist and naturalist, Jean Galbraith, and their friendship and working relationship through botany lessons given to Joan by Jean.   Researched and written by Anne Latreille, it was published by the Society in 1999. It followed that money from sales of the book provided funds to the AGHS. As a tribute ... More

Garden Restoration Fund

The mission and objectives of the Australian Garden History Society make reference to “Recording and Restoration”, “Conservation of significant ... historic gardens” and “Foster the highest standards of conservation and maintenance”. To support this mission, in 2008 the Australian Garden History Society (AGHS) established a special fund to assist in the restoration of significant historic gardens. Click on the download button for more information and an application form.   More

2014 WA Conference papers now available!

In 2014 the Western Australian Branch of the Australian Garden History Society held the 35th Annual National Conference in Albany, WA over three days in October. A selection of eminent professionals spoke at the conference on topics varying from the geomorphology and ecology to the history of the landscape and gardens of the Great Southern Region. A number of these papers have been collated into the 2014 AGHS Albany Conference papers that are available to download here. More

CAL Payments

Many AGHS members have written articles for the Society's Journal and other publications over past years. Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) monitors (photo-) copying of material in libraries and academic institutions, and collects fees on behalf of the authors. We have recently been receiving payments from CAL on your behalf.   If you have been a contributor to the Journal or Studies you may be entitled to a payment, which we will transfer to you on receipt of your banking details. Although many of these payments (approx. 100) are less ... More

Tree Forum presentations - now available on YouTube

AGHS Victorian Branch: Tree Forum - now available on YouTube On Friday 29 May 2015, the Victorian Branch of the AGHS held a full day forum; Trees – Natural & Cultural Values, at the State Library of Victoria. Ten esteemed professionals presented a variety of papers addressing the topic with a mixture of academic research, historical perspectives and ideas in which to address concepts and ideas of future directions in the management of trees.  AGHS Presentation 01 Dr Greg Moore AGHS Presentation 02 Lyndal Plant AGHS Presentat... More

Montague Island Report now available to download

As reported in Australian Garden History (Oct/Nov/Dec issue, 2014), in 2013 the ACT, Monaro and Riverina Branch of the Society commissioned a plan to reinstate and interpret the former kitchen garden associated with the Montague Island Lighthouse.  This project was funded by the Branch and the national body of AGHS as part of the Garden Restoration Fund. Colleen Morris' report (Plan for the Reinstatement of the Kitchen Garden, Montague Island)  is an outstanding example of investigation and explanation and is now available t... More

Heritage Apples, Pears, Quinces, plums & citrus – who, what where?

Heritage Apples, Pears, Quinces, plums & citrus – who, what where? Recently updated by Sydney and Northern New South Wales Chair, Stuart Read this list of heritage fruit growers and plants around Australia is a fascinating resource. More

AGHS Oral History Project

In 2001, as the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Society approached, the Australian Garden History Society initiated a program of oral histories (the National Oral History Collection). Some branches of the Society have also conducted interviews within their own regions (Branch Interviews).      The National Collection comprises twenty interviews conducted between 2002 and 2013.  These record the recollections of people significant in the founding and early days of the Society. Branch interviews enhance and expand ... More

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