Promoting awareness and conservation of significant gardens and cultural

landscapes through engagement, research, advocacy and activities


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Welcome to the Tasmania Branch page. Our Branch has members throughout the state. We conduct numerous events throughout the year to which visitors are welcome, including garden visits and lectures.



Forthcoming Events


The Branch organizes garden visits and lectures, based wherever possible on the mission of the AGHS: To promote awareness and conservation of significant gardens and cultural landscapes through engagement, research, advocacy and activities. 


Events confirmed so far for 2017 are listed below.


Saturday 4 March

The specialist nurseries and gardens of Southern Tasmania


This trip will be a treat for those interested in rare and unusual plants. Gardeners wanting to acquire interesting plants for their gardens will find plants for sale at each of our three destinations. We begin with a visit to Woodbridge Nursery, specializing in perennials, then on to Crawleighwood Gardens for a picnic lunch in beautiful surroundings and finish our trip at Woodbank Gardens and Rare Plants, once the renowned nursery created by Ken Gillanders.



9.30 am          Meet at Peppermint Bay for coffee, walk to Woodbridge Nursery, 3 Llantwit  Rd, Woodbridge (1/2 km).

                      Parking is very limited at Woodbridge Nursery.

10.30 am         Woodbridge Nursery: display gardens and nursery.

11.30 am         Drive to Crawleighwood Gardens, 51 Underwoods Road, Nicholls Rivulet (approx. 12 km).

12–2pm           Crawleighwood Gardens: BYO picnic lunch, talk by Pav and explore the gardens. Tea and coffee available.

2 pm               Drive to Woodbank Gardens and Rare Plants, 2040 Huon Road, Longley (approx. 35 km).

2.30–4.30 pm  Woodbank Gardens and Rare Plants: talk by Kerry, guided tour of gardens, Tea and coffee available.


Cost: $25 members, $35 non-members

Bookings close 1 March 2017

Enquiries: Greg Clota -



Friday 21 April

Wychwood nursery and Old Wesley Dale



Earlier this year Melbourne city gardeners David Doukidis and Matt Bendall bought this property from its creators and long-time owners Peter Cooper and Karen Hall. The new owners will guide us through the garden which covers just over a hectare, with plantings of rare and heritage apple orchards, roses and perennials and many beautiful cool climate trees.


Old Wesley Dale (1861)

Deb and Scott Wilson started to create their garden in 2001 around some wonderful old trees including birches, liquid ambers and poplars. They developed a peaceful English style garden with plantings defined by hedges and walls. Perhaps the best known feature of the garden is the Elephant hedge of Lonicera nitida. The striking HaHa wall was built to serve as an invisible barrier between the stock paddock and the garden while drawing in the natural borrowed landscape.



Winter lecture series

Sunday 25 June

Lecture by Stuart Read


Stuart is a New Zealand-born landscape architect and horticulturist who specialises in cultural heritage, focusing on landscape design, parks, gardens and plants.



Sunday 20 August

AGM and lecture by Jennifer Stackhouse on her research on the garden at Home Hill


Home Hill just outside Devonport, was the home of Jo and Enid Lyons. Jennifer is working on a conservation plan for the garden.



Spring garden visits

Saturday 4 November

High Peak: garden visit and lunch


Following the unavoidable cancellation of the visit last year we have organized another visit to coincide with the flowering of the garden’s famous rhododendrons. Plantings of these, and many other pants including the huge old conifers were begun before the house was completed (in 1892). There will be a limit of 40 people for this event.



Previous Events


6 December 2015

Read Carol Bacon's report on the Christmas Lunch at Brookhaven.


1 November 2015

Read Carol Bacon's report on the visit to Weston Farm.

Sunday 26 September 2015

Read Carol Bacon's report on the visit to Exton, Westbury and Hagley.



Tasmania Branch Committee


Branch contact: Elizabeth Kerry (
Branch Chair: Lynne Paul 
Deputy Chair: Prue Slatyer 
Secretary: Tom Lyons
Treasurer: Greg Clota
Committee: Bruce Chetwynd, Mike Evans, Elizabeth Kerry, Jennifer Stackhouse