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ACT Branch: Growing Democracy: Plants, Places and People in the Parliamentary Triangle
23 February 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm AEDT
We can’t miss the golden wattle shining on our coat of arms on the front of Old Parliament House, but this ramble will open our eyes to other emblems of democracy that we rarely see although they are right in front of our eyes. As well as noting different depictions of wattle on the coat of arms, we will see how styles of gardens and landscaping have changed across the Parliamentary Triangle as our democracy has developed over the last 50 years.
The designers of newer areas between Old Parliament House and Commonwealth Place along the Lake have created landscapes that are quite different from the Old Parliament House Rose Gardens, and may prompt ideas about how gardens might give further expression to our democracy in future.
Starting opposite the National Library, we will walk at a slow pace and on flat lawns and paths, stopping at six points to look at, learn about and talk about emblems of our democracy.
Our leader will be Anna Howe who first lived in Canberra in the mid-1970s, when she worked in the Department of Urban and Regional Development. Her return to Canberra in 2011 revived her interest in exploring our urban environments and discovering just how special they are. Anna is a former AGHS Committee member.
Numbers are limited. Refreshments will be served after this late-summer walk.
Meet: at 4.30 pm at the fountain in front of the National Library, Parkes Place West. (with refreshments at 6 pm at the sheltered picnic/BBQ site behind Questacon, close to the large Questacon carpark)
Cost: $15 Members, $20 non-members – including refreshments
Booking: through TryBooking – www.trybooking.com/ZQOH. You may pay by debit or credit card.
Parking: In the small Questacon carpark opposite the NLA entrance road, in the large carpark behind Questacon and diagonally opposite the NLA or at the NLA – all free at weekends.