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ACT Branch: Lecture – Write Now: Gardening in Australia 1989–2023

12 July 2018 @ 6:00 pm AEST

Lecture: Write Now: Gardening in Australia 1989–2023 by Dr Greg Johnson

In the last 30 years, gardens and gardening have been transformed by challenges and technologies once barely dreamt about.

Challenges include ozone depletion and climate change, skyrocketing costs of water and electricity, our rising population and ‘closing the gap’ for indigenous Australians. And at the global level, there’s terrorism and war, and solving the refugee crisis. Meanwhile the mechanisation of gardening, GMOs and the revolution in computer aided design, the internet, phone cameras, social media, and drones, are among the developments.  All are influencing how and where we garden.

We’ve seen local plant nurseries disappearing, with the ‘Bunnification’ of hardware and garden supplies delivering more diverse and cheaper options for the garden. In tandem, on-line and mail-order shopping, seed-saving, and a proliferation of plant fairs, have provided a wider range of garden gems, and, a lifeline to smaller growers.

People, gardens and gardening continue to evolve. The emergence of coffee culture, foot-path dining, ever grander out-door living spaces, longer working hours, and the decline in housing affordability have encouraged new trends in landscape, garden voyerism and throw-away plants!

Garden writing, presenting, and illustration have become more diverse. Garden gurus and celebrities have risen in stature, and even ordinary gardeners can become writers and bloggers with global audiences!  This lecture will consider some of these influences on ‘gardening write now’, while speculating on what else the future holds!  It continues on from Greg’s 2016 lecture, Write On Gardening in Australia–1939-1988.

 Greg Johnson has collected early Australian gardening books for over 30 years. He was gardening correspondent for the sub-tropics for Your Garden magazine from 1989 to 1995, and is a great-great grandson of John Mann, gardener and fruit seller, a Chinese indentured labourer who came to Queensland before the gold rushes.

Venue: Theatre, Canberra Museum and Gallery, corner London Cct and Civic Square.

Cost: $10 AGHS and CMAG members and , $15 non-members. Includes refreshments.


12 July 2018
6:00 pm AEST
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