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Elevated view of Melbourne looking south east, Victoria, 1983.

Forum to consider the fragility, dynamism and changes facing our cities

The Australian Garden History Society and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) will join together to present a forum discussion on the ‘Elastic City’, considering the fragility, dynamism and changes facing our cities.

Landscape contractor and designer Michael Bates.
Practice | Michael Bates | 30 Aug 2017

Michael Bates: The education of a gardener

Michael Bates, arguably the most enterprising landscape contractor in the Sydney region, reflects on his education as a gardener in this excerpt from his recent book, The New Australian Garden.

Bagging developing fruits of grevillea helps to ensure mature seed is collected.
Practice | Anne Cochrane | 4 Aug 2017

Saving seeds: Conserving our natural heritage

With the global population rapidly rising and our farming and natural environments under intense pressure, saving seeds is more important than ever.

Western view from the big house.
Review | Howard Tanner | 25 Jul 2017

Horse Island: A garden of grandeur

Trevor and Christina Kennedy have created a significant and substantial garden on their own private island near Bodalla on the South Coast of New South Wales.

A rock formation at the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens.
Practice | Anne Cochrane | 11 May 2017

Olive Pink Botanic Garden: Celebrating Central Australia’s arid zone flora

Anne Cochrane visits Australia’s oldest arid zone public garden in Alice Springs.

The Malvolio Road reserve site in Coolbellup, WA in December 2016 (left), and again in March 2017 (right) after it was cleared to make way for the Perth Freight Link.
Practice | Andrea Gaynor | 11 Apr 2017

Roe 8: From freight link to green link

With the Perth Freight Link now cancelled, the community that grew around resistance to this project looks forward to beginning the work of replanting and restoring.

The Te Parapara garden at Hamilton Gardens is New Zealand's only traditional Maori productive garden. The garden showcases traditional practices, materials and ceremonies relating to food production and storage.

Australian Garden History Society seeking papers for 2017 conference

The Australian Garden History Society is seeking papers for its 2017 conference to be held Sunday 29 October in Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton-Waikato, New Zealand.

The Adelaide Botanic Garden First Creek Wetland designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean with SKM, David Lancashire Design and Paul Thompson.
Practice | Stephen Forbes | 3 Nov 2016

Truth and beauty: The purpose and reception of (botanical) gardens

Stephen Forbes reflects on the love and trust people have in botanic gardens.

Wendy Whitely has for more than 20 years worked on developing a public garden, her secret garden, at Lavender Bay in Sydney.
Review | Dianne Firth | 27 Oct 2016

Wendy Whiteley and the secret garden

Dianne Firth reviews Wendy Whiteley and the secret garden, a book about the guerrilla garden that Wendy Whitely created on New South Wales State Railways land.

A view of the landscape park and countryside surrounding Newton House seen from the ruined medieval Dinefwr Castle.
Practice | Sarah Rutherford | 20 Oct 2016

Capability Brown: The Shakespeare of gardening

The 300th anniversary of the birth of English 18th century landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown has prompted a revival of interest in his legacy.

Wynyard Park in 1906, just before the fences were removed to allow public access to this previously private open space.
Practice | Anne-Maree Whitaker | 6 Oct 2016

City of Sydney parks

Tracing the history of Sydney’s parks, from European settlement to today.

Spearwood, Perth, Western Australia – aerial view of a housing scheme from the early 2000s. Note the large sizes of the houses.
Practice | Tony Hall | 29 Sep 2016

What has happened to the Australian backyard?

Larger dwellings in suburban developments mean less opportunity for biodiversity and canopy cover in our cities.

Golden Summer, Eaglemont 1889
News | 19 Sep 2016

Tour the gardens of the Impressionists

Visit the landscapes, natural and man-made, that influenced Australia’s burgeoning Impressionist artists from the late 1880s.

Alcatraz Island National Park in the US includes historic gardens created by those who lived there during its military and prison eras until the penitentiary closed in 1963. The Alcatraz Historic Gardens Project has restored these gardens.
Practice | Paulette Wallace | 28 Jun 2016

Wassailing, national parks and peopling cultural landscapes

How should we conceive of and manage cultural landscapes in Australia?

John Newton (2016) The oldest foods on earth: a history of Australian native foods, with recipes, New South, paperback, 272 pp, RRP $29.99
Review | Gay Bilson | 13 Jun 2016

The Oldest Foods on Earth

A review of John Newton’s latest book, The oldest foods on earth: a history of Australian native foods, with recipes.

View from King’s Park over the Western Australian city of Perth, 1947.
Practice | Richard Offen | 4 May 2016

What is heritage?

Our towns and cities, like much of our landscape, bear the marks of our predecessors’ efforts to sustain themselves and develop their culture.