About Us

Our Mission:

The Australian Garden History Society promotes awareness and conservation of significant gardens and cultural landscapes through engagement, research, advocacy and activities.

Formed in 1980, the AGHS brings together people from diverse backgrounds united by an appreciation of and concern for our parks, gardens and cultural landscapes as part of Australia's heritage. The Society promotes knowledge of historic gardens, significant landscapes and research into their history. It aims to examine gardens and gardening in their widest social, historic, literary, artistic and scientific context.

The Australian Garden History Society acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia. We pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past, present and emerging.

The Australian Garden History Society is a not-for-profit membership based organisation with approximately 1800 members throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and USA. Membership is open to everyone.

  • Publishes a Journal, Australian Garden History, four times per year, which each member receives as part of their membership
  • Publishes books, booklets and conference proceedings on relevant topics
  • Holds an annual Conference
  • Provides funding for Garden Recordings and Garden Restoration as well as having a special fund - the Kindred Spirits Fund - to foster the education, scientific, scholarly, literary and artistic aspects of the Society's interests
  • Has active Branches in all states and the ACT, which arrange local activities and act as advocates for issues which are of interest to the Society.

Patron: Professor Timothy J Entwisle

National Executive Officer: Lisa Tuck

AGHS Constitution


AGHS Response to COVID-19

Monday 16th March 2020

Having experienced a truly tumultuous conclusion to 2019 and beginning to 2020, it appears we are faced with further challenging times.

In late 2019 there was a viral outbreak of the infectious disease called Novel Coronavirus which is now referred to as COVID-19.  Based on advice from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a statement on Friday 13th March 2020 stating that all non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people should not go ahead from Monday 16th March 2020 to limit the spread of the COVID-19.

Whilst most Australian Garden History Society (AGHS) meetings and events have fewer than 500 attendees, the AGHS National Management Committee (AGHS NMC) have directed its Branches to carefully reassess whether planned activities should go ahead, including 40th Anniversary garden parties, during this uncertain time.  The AGHS’s priority is the health and welfare of our members.  As the situation with COVID-19 is changing by the day, the AGHS NMC has recommended any decisions to proceed, postpone or cancel activities, be made based on the latest advice issued from State and Territory Health Authorities.

If Branches choose to proceed with planned activities, the AGHS NMC has requested they emphasise to those who have booked, the need to be particularly mindful of others attending, and those that are unwell or think they may have had contact with someone who is or may be infected with COVID-19, not to attend.

For more information please contact the Australian Garden History Society National Executive Officer Lisa Tuck.

National Management Committee

The AGHS is governed by the National Management Committee, made up of the Office Bearers, Elected members and State Representatives. The National Head Office is located in Melbourne.

Elected Members

Co- Chairs: Bronwyn Blake
Stuart Read
Treasurer: Elizabeth Teed
Secretary: Lynne Walker
Public Officer: John Maurer
Steven Halliday
Lynne Paul
Sydney Convenor: Christine Hay

Branch Representatives

ACT: Anne Claoue-Long
South Australia: Jeffrey Jenkinson
SH NSW: Lyn Barrett
Queensland: Ann Wegener
Tasmania & Hobart Convenor: Prue Slatyer
Victoria: Wendy Dwyer
Western Australia: Patsy Vizents

Australian Garden History Journal

Australian Garden History is a journal distributed to members of the Society four times a year. It contains articles on Australian gardens, notable gardeners and landscape designers, book reviews, reports of garden visits and tours, and an Australia-wide calendar of forthcoming activities. Each issue has several articles related to a theme, although this is in no way prescriptive.

An independent Editorial Advisory Committee, with a wide range of experience in advocacy, scholarship, publishing, and media, advise the National Management Committee and the editor on the journal. Copies of some individual issues of the Journal may be purchased separately by contacting the National Office.

Editorial Advisory Committee

Convenor:  Lynne Paul  info@gardenhistorysociety.org.au

Colleen Morris, Lynne Walker, Jennifer Stackhouse, Anne Claoue-Long

Australian Garden History Editor:  Francesca Beddie
To contact email: editor@gardenhistorysociety.org.au

An Invitation

Contributions to Australian Garden History are welcome from interested people.
They may take the form of

  • feature articles on aspects of Australia's garden heritage
  • photographs of horticultural and historical interest
  • an opinion or viewpoint on issues of garden heritage
  • reviews of books and web-sites pertaining to garden history
  • advice of gardens under threat of subdivision
  • letters to the editor
  • notice of events likely to interest AGHS members


Australian Garden History offers some space for advertising at the discretion of the editor and executive officer. Current rates for display advertisements and for inserting leaflets and brochures can be found in the inside cover of the latest journal or by contacting the office info@gardenhistorysociety.org.au


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