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Vic Branch: AGM 2023 followed by lecture ‘The Ken Duxbury Postcard Collection’ by Helen Page

30 August 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm AEST


When AGHS member Ken Duxbury, a town planner and landscape architect with a lifelong interest in gardens
and a serious bug for collecting, died in March 2022, among his possessions were more than 1,500 garden-related
postcards. These featured gardens across Victoria of many botanic and municipal gardens in Melbourne
and country towns. Some date back more than 120 years and many show plants and horticultural features long
since removed.

The entire collection depicting botanic gardens has been accepted as a collection by the Royal
Botanic Gardens Victoria library. Helen Page will speak about this remarkable collection that charts our
changing tastes in plants and garden design and also, our shifting priorities regarding sustainability, climate
change and how much space and labour is devoted to public greenery. The talk will be accompanied by
illustrations of these gardens ‘lost in time’.

Time: 5.30 pm refreshments / AGM 6:00 pm / Lecture: 6:15 pm

Location: Mueller Hall, National, Herbarium of Victoria.

Book: at Trybooking. Registration is requested for catering purposes

Cost: Free admission for members and a guest.  has requested a donation to the Kindred Spirits Fund in lieu of a speaker gift and it will be possible for you to contribute on the night.

Helen Page, a horticulturist, has been an AGHS member since its inception in 1980 and for many years a member of the Victorian committee including 10 years as branch Chair.  Helen has had two terms on the National Management Committee.   Helen has always believed that the AGHS should support owners of historic gardens and for many years ran a program of working bees in a range of gardens in Victoria and this program still runs today.  Until recently Helen was a member of the Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery Trust in Melbourne and for the last 8 years has led a working bee program there with an enthusiastic group of local residents who have made a start in returning this cemetery to the garden cemetery it was laid out to be in the late 1800s.


30 August 2023
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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