Southern Highlands

Welcome to the Southern Highlands Branch. If you live in the Southern Highlands, Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Camden or Goulburn/Crookwell areas of New South Wales you are automatically a member of the Southern Highlands Branch when you join the AGHS. Our area boasts many historical and beautiful gardens and landscapes.

Historic gardens & cultural landscapes are now at risk as we find ourselves in times of environmental change and development pressure.  ‘Garden recordings are vital snapshots in time:  historic records of the layout, composition and character of a garden at a specific time.  Their greatest value is realised when a gardener wishes to restore or recreate lost features.’  We can assist with this process – you can purchase a document called Recording Gardens and we can provide a member to help you.

During the year the Branch has outside activities, including garden visits and tours in the warmer months, and indoor seminars in Winter. You are welcome to join us for any event and we hope you will find us a friendly group. There are no monthly meetings, but we keep in touch with our members through our newsletter Inflorescence, updates to this web page, and email. We invite you to read the latest editions of Inflorescence (see below) for articles on past and future events, and updates on our Branch's projects and advocacy.


Branch Events

  • Southern Highlands Branch:  AGM

    23 August @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST

    The AGM will be held via Zoom. After the AGM Dr. John Pickard will give a presentation entitled: Inv...

  • 2021 Annual National Conference

    23 October - 25 October at Luna Park, Sydney

    You are invited to register for the AGHS 41st Annual National Conference in Sydney, New South Wales....

  • 2022 Annual National Conference

    5 November 2021 - 7 November 2021 at Wrest Point Casino

    Wrest Point Casino, Hobart is the venue for 2022 Annual National Conference To be rescheduled for Sp...


Millthorpe Garden Ramble & Carcoar Tour

This event has been cancelled for 2020. It will be rescheduled in 2021 or 2022. More information will be provided in Inflorescence closer to the event.


Southdown Garden, Burradoo (NSW)

Southdown was the original 335 acre 1857 Burradoo property. Late in the 1880’s it was reduced to 35 acres after being cut up for the Holly Park Estate, that now forms most what we know as Burradoo today. It had been a summer house /property for Sydney establishment and Queensland cattle property owner.

Enjoy a stroll around beautiful Southdown Garden in the Southern Highlands:


Branch Committee

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month, 9-11am in a private home.  You are welcome to join committee meetings at any time.  If you wish to join us, please contact Lyn Barrett at aghs.sh.info@gmail.com

Chair: Lyn Barrett (aghs.sh.info@gmail.com)
Secretary: Ruth Bailey
Treasurer: John Biffin
NMC Representative: Lyn Barrett
Tours: Ray Bradley
Events Co-ordinator: Ruth Bailey

Technical Officer: Jenny Woodwell

Inflorescence Editor/Minutes Secretary: Meg Probyn
WSC Heritage Committee Representative: Laurel Cheetham