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Tas Branch: Lahaye’s garden at Government House

4 May 2018 @ 10:30 am AEST

Lahaye’s garden commemorates and celebrates French exploration of Van Diemen’s Land in the C18 and was inspired by the garden created at Recherche Bay in 1792 by Felix Lahaye, the gardener on Bruni d’Entrecasteaux’s maritime expedition. D’Entrecasteaux’s expedition stayed at Recherche Bay for about three weeks and returned the following year for another three weeks. This C18 French garden was arguably the first European garden in Van Diemen’s Land and one of the first in Australia. A significant area of the northeast peninsula of Recherche Bay is now listed on State and National Heritage Registers for its important cultural heritage values. The most pertinent of these include d’Entrecasteaux’s expeditions of 1792 and 1793 involving botanical collections, astronomical observations, peaceful contact with Aboriginal people and the planting of the vegetable garden.

The garden at Government House was conceived and constructed by Tara Edmondson, Government House Tasmania Gardener, and her colleagues. Tara researched the journals of Bruni d’Entrecasteaux and his crew to learn about the layout and design of the garden at Recherche Bay and the types of vegetable seeds which were planted. This information was used in Tara’s design at Government House.

Our visit will focus on Lahaye’s garden, but is likely to include the other areas such as: the formal inner gardens, vegetable garden, picking garden, native garden and/or the quarry pond. Tara will speak about her research for Lahaye’s Garden and Ben Essex, Estate Gardens Manager, will be our leader.

Please drive through the entrance gates of Government House and park as directed.

There is no charge for this event but you must advise Greg Clota of the names of those attending as Government needs to have these details, You can contact Greg by email :,  phone 62391409  or  post  to Greg Clota : 74 Summerleas Road, Fern Tree, TAS 7054

After the visit you may like to visit the adjacent Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens for a picnic in the grounds or lunch in the restaurant.

Enquiries : Greg Clota,, 62391409


4 May 2018
10:30 am AEST
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