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Sydney Branch: Illustrated Talk on the AGHS Heritage Rose Garden at Saumarez Homestead

21 February 2018 @ 6:00 pm AEDT

The Heritage Rose Garden at Saumarez Homestead

One women’s passion for collecting heritage roses inspired the development of this garden. Catherine MacLean’s hundreds of roses on a suburban block became a generous donation that enabled Stage I of the garden to be completed. This collection, all pre-1930 & most pre-1900, won the National Trust NSW Heritage Collection Award in 2016. Stage II  will house Australian bred roses (Clark, Riethmüller, Fitzhardinge) as well as examples by significant international breeders.

The garden, developed by AGHS Northern NSW with permission of the  National Trust, serves an educative function as it attempts to trace the botanical development of the rose from wild species confined to the northern hemisphere to one loved the world over. Dedicated work of significant breeders have resulted in the rose becoming a highly desirable garden plant.


Speaker: Lynne Walker, originally from New Zealand, has lived in the New England for three decades. She has been a member of AGHS for over 20 years and was at the founding meeting of the Northern NSW AGHS Group. She served on the National Management Committee for two terms and was the Convenor of the 2013 AGHS Annual Conference held in Armidale.

Lynne has led garden tours to the UK in 2012 and New Zealand in 2017. As a journalist she writes for several magazines, both national and international. She regularly presents at garden clubs in the New England and North West.

She lives on a grazing property between Guyra and Armidale with her husband, Richard Bird—The Old Mole. Richard’s fine collection of antique garden tools, now resides at Carrick Hill, SA.


Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Millers Point

Cost (includes light refreshments): AGHS members $20, Non-members $30, Students $5.

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Enquiries for all events: David Low 0407 464 876 or 02 9943 1456 or email:

Payments by internet bank transfer to:

Australian Garden History Society Sydney & Northern NSW Branch ANZ Bank, Centrepoint Branch BSB 012040 Account 101762565,

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21 February 2018
6:00 pm AEDT
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