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Vic Branch: Lecture – Greg Johnson: Write to Garden

28 March 2019 @ 6:00 pm AEDT

The late 19th Century and the end of the Victorian era saw a more diverse and confident Australia emerge. Technology, science, new forms of communication, and a robust democracy heralded the start of the modern era.

Greg Johnson’s lecture will explore the garden publications and the writers in the period from 1888, the Centenary of European settlement of Australia, to 1938, 150 years after their arrival. The talk will cover writers and writing during the Federation, Edwardian, WWI and depression periods. The lecture continues on from his earlier lecture Quill and Spade – Pioneer garden writing in Australia given in Melbourne in March 2016.

Greg Johnson is a Plant Pathologist who has had his own garden since the age of nine. His interest in gardening led him to study agricultural science majoring in plant breeding and plant pathology at the University of Queensland. He was gardening correspondent for the subtropics with Your Garden magazine from 1989 to 1995 and, with his wife, Lesley Watt, wrote about warm climate vegetables for a Your Garden book on vegetable growing.

Greg has collected early Australian gardening and horticultural books for over 30 years.

Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra.

Time: refreshments from 6 pm, lecture 6.30 pm.

Cost: AGHS Members $20, Non Members $25, Students $10 with student card.

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28 March 2019
6:00 pm AEDT
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