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Dr Anne Vale
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Dear Victorian Members,
It was terrific to see such a strong turnout for our first Walk and talk for 2014, a most interesting and informative evening. On what was a slightly smoky and humid evening 50 members and friends met at the Australian Native Garden in the South East corner of Royal Park. As sections of the Park are under threat due to proposed new road construction works we were keen to learn more about the historical and cultural significance of this special landscape. AGHS member and Journal co-editor Christina Dyson, who was recently engaged by the City of Melbourne to prepare a statement of significance for Royal Park, explored the connection with the Burke and Wills Expedition, von Mueller’s plantings, the World War I and II history and the Australian Native Garden, designed by Grace Fraser in 1977. Old photographs were shared and further insights were given by Ron Jones, Georgina Whitehead and Mary Chapman as we took a walk through the Park alongside the grasslands and into the wetlands area. Despite the lack of water, the rock work by renowned natural landscaper Gordon Ford continues to be most impressive. Christina gave us enormous insight into the history and cultural significance of this important public space and everyone thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the park before settling into a picnic in the Australian Native Garden. For more information on the significance of Royal Park follow this link to the City of Melbourne website www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ParksandActivities/Parks/Pages/RoyalParkCulturalHistoric.aspx
The Victorian Branch Committee has organised many more interesting events for 2014 and we look forward to seeing members and friends throughout the year.
You are welcome to join committee meetings at any time. We meet monthly at 4.00pm every fourth Tuesday, at University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus. We are always looking for people to assist for catering, packing the journal, contributing newsletter items and of course to join working bees in historic gardens. If you wish to discuss opportunities to get involved please call me on 0418 590 891 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Tuck Chair, AGHS (Victorian Branch), February 2014
We start the year with our first working bee at Wombat Park. This is an opportunity to really get a feel for one of the great private gardens of Australia, by making a small contribution to its maintenance, and in so doing showing the owner that we recognise the value of their custodianship. Wombat Park has one of the best private arboretums in the country. The giant tapestry hedge is justifiably famous and the tree-lined driveway creates a real sense of anticipation. Tea and lunch provided. Bring tools suitable for working in a large garden. 10.00am start. Lifts can be organised. Contact Fran on 9853 1369 or email email@example.com for more details.
The youthful owners are doing a sterling job restoring this former National Trust property and rediscovering the pleasure gardens running down to the creek. Our tasks may include rediscovering long lost paths, weeding, planting out, pruning and generally making a blow for progress. This is a fun day close to home (for most of us), working with our enthusiastic hosts. Tea and lunch provided. Bring tools suitable for working in a large garden. 10.00am start. Contact Fran Faul on 9853 1369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Parking on site.
Further working bees are planned for coming months. Details on the website or contact Fran on 9853 1369 or email email@example.com. AGHS members also contribute to regular working bees at Bishops Court, Abbotsford Convent and La Trobe Cottage. If you would like to join one of these, see the working bee reports below for contact details.
This promises to be a fun and informative day. Guest speakers will illustrate the history of the potager through the ages; present a view of the potager as art, with reference to contemporary French and English gardens, such as Villandry and explore the vegetable through an artist’s eye. Topics will also include the establishment of Community gardens in Australia and their current popularity and, for the backyard gardener, a session on organic vegetable growing.
Venue: Mueller Hall National Herbarium, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra. 9.00 for 9.30 start. Cost: $90 members, $110.00 non-members, Students $50. Includes, lunch and morning and afternoon tea. Click on the Link for more details. Further enquiries Lisa Tuck LisaTuck1@bigpond.com 0418590891.
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Simon will no doubt enthral us with his stunning landscape and garden photography in his talk on "Photographing Gardens". In 2013, the AGHS (Vic branch) engaged Simon to take images of the heritage listed gardens at University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus and the Guilfoyle influenced garden at Dalvui in the Western District. Both sets of images have been lodged with the State library of Victoria. Simon is a widely recognised garden and landscape design photographer whose work has illustrated and contributed to more than 70 books including Susan Irvine's Rosehips and Crab apples, Anne Vale's Exceptional Australian Garden Makers and Jenna Reed Burns Australian Gardens for a Changing Climate. His collaboration on a number of food and travel books , including Kylie Kwong's My China is gaining him an increasing reputation in that field also. His photography has played an integral part in the success of all the books by Australian landscape designer Paul Bangay. simongriffiths.com.au/
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There are many garden history Society members who will fondly remember how Kevin Heinze, Tommy Garnett and Trevor Nottle promoted garden making in their own unique way. They nspired their many followers through their practical, philosophical, intellectual and spiritual influence. Individually and collectively they shaped our concepts of what a garden is and how we engaged in gardening through the second half of the 20th Century and beyond.
Dr Anne Vale is an author and lecturer in Australian Garden History with a focus on 20th century practitioners. She is an active member of the Australian Garden History Society, a passionate gardener and photographer. As the principal of consulting practice Heriscapes, www.heriscapes.com.au , Anne enjoys assessing and researching 'gardens with history.' Anne has published garden guides or histories on significant heritage gardens such as Dalvui, Wirruna Nursery, Durrol and the Kyneton Botanic Garden. Her latest book, Exceptional Australian Garden Makers was launched at the Australian Garden History Society Conference in October. Click on our secure Trybooking system link to BOOK http://www.trybooking.com/EFWD
This talk will be an expansion on last year's lecture on the travels of Joseph Hooker. In particular it will follow Peter's recent travels in the USA retracing the 1877 journey of Hooker and the great American botanist Asa Gray to the Rocky Mountains and West Coast. It includes the hunt for missing correspondence between the two where Hooker proposed a similarity between the plants of the Southern Rocky Mountains and the Russian Altai. Peter will also show and discuss some of his short videos created for the Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Peter is experienced in expedition filmmaking in Nepal, Antarctica, New Zealand and Indonesia. He has a strong science background and runs his own technology-based company. www.jupeproductions.com Peter's talk to AGHS and FOBGM last year was sold out within two weeks and many people were disappointed so we encourage you to book early.
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Guided one hour tour of 140 year old historic garden. 12.15 - 1.15pm
The garden is also open 10.00 to 4.00 on Sundays March 16th, 23rd, 30th and 6, 13 & 20 April with special openings: Saturday 5 April & Friday 25 April Anzac Day
Information and bookings: 03 5426 1490 or www.duneira.com.au.
Are you interested in volunteering your time to help the National Trust at Como’s first ever “Community Working Bee”? For over a year Como was closed to the public and only available to group bookings and event days but, with the opening of The Stables at Como Café, the National Trust has opened the gardens daily.
Please click the link below, to register your interest.
The following gardens have working bees on a regular basis and welcome your interest
In 2013 three very important garden projects were completed, reinstating some of the lattice work on the front of the cottage, installing our new garden bench, workmanship kindly donated by Alastair Boell of the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking and the production of a new garden brochure, generously donated by Citywide.
The Cottage is open every Sunday from 2.00pm-4.00 in spring, summer and autumn. Guided tours are available for a modest entrance charge.
Working Bees are held on an irregular basis, contact Sandi Pulman to register your interest. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers work to maintain the gardens in this historic estate, meeting the third Wednesday of every month, 9am – 3pm, and the Thursdays of every other week.
If you would like to join the working bee, please contact Libby Marsden (0407 825226) or Charlie Hohnen (0427 883038).
Sandi Pullman guided us through the seminal years of David Matthews, the curator of the Park from 1890 to 1970, who over 48 years established the formal axis of paths running north to south, providing splendid views down to the river and the racecourse beyond. Stonework became a feature of the park, with rock shelters and an Arcadian bridge, a lily pond and pergola being built in the 1930s.The platypus fountain was donated in 1935 by a local resident, Mrs Green, in memory of her husband. Sadly the widening of Geelong Road has compromised the Park, truncating the main axis and reducing its significance from the road.However the Master Plan review is addressing issues such as tree management and aims to reconnect the Drew Walk (the main north south axis) with the river. Our thanks to Sandi for the well-researched presentation to the group. (Submitted by Committee Member Anna Long)
‘Dear Victorian members, Thank you to all AGHS members who supported the opening of Bishopscourt for Open Gardens Australia last weekend. AGHS members looked after the gate and other members assisted on the plant stall and others provided plants for sale. Despite the poor weather over 1000 people visited the garden and we received many favourable comments. Submitted by Helen Page, Past Chair AGHS (Vic)
This very successful two day tour for 40 AGHS members, including two from New South Wales, visited the historic properties of Moranghurk, Mooramong, Chatsworth House, Narrapumelap and Eurambeen.The Friends of the Hamilton Gardens, in particular Leigh Coggins, provided an introduction to William Guilfoyle’s plantings and guided us through the Gardens.It was an added bonus that some of the Friends group were able to join us for dinner.
Among the highlights were the original Victorian tiled spoon drains at Moranghurk, now rare in Victorian gardens; the magnificent David Austin roses at ChatsworthHouse;the video showing life with the Hollywood set at Mooramong in the 1920s;Kevin McIntyre’s tour of his restoration of Narrapumelap and the delicious lunch at Eurambeen, following owner Sarah Beaumont’s tour of the garden.
Our special thanks have to go to Pamela Jellie, without whose understanding of the district and intimate knowledge of the particular gardens and landscape, the tour would have been far less informative.And without whom we would never have seen a secret garden.Pamela was able to arrange a visit to ‘The Gums’ at Penshurst, a grandtwo storey Italianate residence built in 1877, and designed by Joseph Reed, architect of the Melbourne Town Hall and the Exhibition Building.
Finally, this tour would never have been possible without the enthusiastic support of the owners of these historic properties and our thanks go to them and to the members of the organising committee, who made this tour such a success. (Submitted by Committee Member Anna Long)
If you are interested in learning more about the AGHS, click on the link to read a summary of Victorian Branch activities from July 2012 to August 2013
The Immediate Past Chair of the Victorian Branch Dr Anne Vale launched her new book Exceptional Australian Garden Makers at the Australian Garden History Society Conference in Armidale NSW in October. With stunning images captured by award winning photographers Simon Griffiths and Clare Takacs as well AGHS member Rodger Elliot, this seminal text takes you on a voyage of discovery into the lives and legacies of influential Australia’s garden makers of the 20th century. As an Australian Garden History Member you receive a $10.00 discount on the RR price ($65.00) of the book by ordering directly through Anne at www.heriscapes.com.au.
Dr Anne Vale is available as a guest speaker to groups interested in hearing more about Australian Garden History Society activities as well as a range of topics related to the content of her latest book. For further enquiries regarding bookings contact Anne at: email@example.com or Mob: 0419 893 523
A warm welcome to new members. When you attend functions do be sure to let the organisers know you are a new member. We have a good selection of activities, do remember to check the website regularly for updates concerning events for 2014.
The Victorian Branch Committee meets at 4pm, fourth week of the month, at University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus. Visitors are welcome to attend to see what we do and to make suggestions for activities and projects. If you are interested in contributing expertise as an associate on occasion this would also be very welcome.
Some suggestions for assistance include: packing the journal, new member host on our lecture nights, publicity, reports on Working Bees or interesting heritage garden visits, delivery of membership brochures to open gardens, etc.
If you wish to discuss opportunities to get involved please call Lisa Tuck P: 59313606 M: 0418 590 891 firstname.lastname@example.org
As most local activities are organised by AGHS Branches, it is easy to see the local Branch as what AGHS is, and does as an organisation. However it is worth reminding yourself that the Victorian AGHS Branch is actually part of a National organisation, which has responsibility for managing membership and finances, organising national events (such as the Annual Conference in partnership with a local Branch), providing advocacy on national issues, producing the Journal and other publications, managing the website, providing funding for projects (in partnership with Branches) such as restoration and conservation, garden recording and histories, and liaising with the Branches through the National Management Committee. Check out the national website at www.gardenhistorysociety.org.au for national activities, and check out the other Branch web pages as well. If you are going on holiday interstate, it may be worth attending a local branch activity while you are there, and meet a new group of like-minded people. Val Stewart, National Management Committee.
The Victorian branch supports the recording of heritage gardens by engaging historians to research garden histories and professional photographers to capture a snapshop of a garden in the present time. Recent recording project include the following.
The AGHS (Vic Branch) and the State Library of Victoria embarked on a joint photographic project to establish a memorial to Suzanne Hunt. The Guilfoyle designed Western District garden at Dalvui has been photographed in two seasons by renowned photographer Simon Griffiths. The photographs have been added to the archive of images of significant historic gardens held in the SLV Picture Collection.
In addition to the photographic record of Dalvui the Victorian Branch published a 12 page history of the garden. Written by historian Dr Anne Vale, this is available for prchase for $7 including PP. Contact email@example.com
The heritage listed Burnley Garden has been photographed by renowned photographer Simon Griffiths. The photographs have been added to the archive of images of significant historic gardens held in the SLV Picture Collection
The history of Murndal in the Western District is currently being reserached by historian Helen Doyle and will be published later this year.