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ACT Monaro Riverina Branch: Capital Hill: Its landscaping and some of its gardens

31 January @ 4:30 pm AEDT

To start the AGHS year, join us for a leisurely guided walk through some of the landscaped areas on Capital Hill, just below Parliament House.

The Parliamentary precinct outside Parliament Drive includes spacious landscaped areas as well as recreational facilities. There is a delightful shaded walk that circles Parliament House – it has been planted with native trees and shrubs, many indigenous to the area. We will be walking on the eastern side of the House, where as well as the native gardens there is a special formal garden featuring exotic plantings and gifts from countries and organisations.

Paul Janssens, Assistant Director, Landscape Services at Parliament House, has generously offered to lead us on this walk. Paul started work in Old Parliament House in 1986, worked in the gardens of the New House till 2002, then after some years at the Australian National Botanic Gardens returned to Parliament House as Head Gardener. He is truly expert in the history and significance of the gardens.

After the walk, join us for our ‘welcome to 2024’ refreshments in York Park, a few minutes away.

This first event for the year has been strategically timed – school will have gone back, Parliament will not be sitting, and AGHS members and friends will be looking forward to an enjoyable year.

Meet: at 4.30pm under the flagpoles in the forecourt of Parliament House.

Cost: $20 AGHS members, $25 others

Book: at Trybooking. Bookings are essential and numbers are limited.

Parking etc. There should be quite good parking available at this time of day. After our gardens walk, we will be walking to York Park on the corner of King’s Avenue and State Circle for refreshments under the oak trees. This is some 250-300 metres – just across State Circle. You may choose to park underneath Parliament House or on Federation Mall – you will have a few minutes’ walk back to your car after the refreshments. There are other parking spots close by.

Inquiries: Nancy Clarke, 0423 690 626,


31 January
4:30 pm AEDT
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