AGH Journal

Australian Garden History, the Society’s journal, was first published in 1989. It has continued as it started, striving to maintain a dialogue between professional and amateur interests in the history of gardens, thus showcasing the many aspects of the landscape and its intersection with Australian life.

Indices of Journal Articles

The index to Australian Garden History makes it easy to find articles, gardens and other gems contained in volumes 1–20.

Compiled by AGHS member Kirstie McRobert, this comprehensive index covers issues of the Australian Garden History Journal from 1989-2009.


Australian Garden History Index, Volumes 1–20 — Australian Garden History Society.

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Getting Published in the Journal

Copy deadlines for article submission to Australian Garden History Journal
January issue end of October
April issue end of January
July issue end of April
October issue end of July


Authors: please note that planning for future issues takes place well before these deadlines. You are advised to contact the editor as early as possible about your intention to submit.

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AGH Vol. 13 No. 3 November 2001
AGH Vol. 17 No. 5 May 2006
AGH Vol. 18 No. 3 November 2006
AGH Vol. 16 No. 4 February 2005
AGH Vol. 28 No. 2 October 2016
AGH Vol. 19 No. 1 July 2007
AGH Vol. 12 No. 4 January 2001
AGH Vol. 26 No. 3 January 2015
AGH Vol. 21 No. 4 April 2010
AGH Vol. 17 No. 1 July 2005
AGH Vol. 25 No. 1 July 2013
AGH Vol. 27 No. 3 January 2016

This Season

AGH Vol. 32 No. 4 April 2021


Marion Mahony: The American who fell in love with the Australian bush        Glenda Korporaal
Chicago-born architect Marion Mahony is best known in Australia as the wife of Walter Burley Griffin, the designer of Canberra, and for her role in founding the Sydney suburb of Castlecrag. Less well known is her passionate enthusiasm for the Australian bush − her stunning drawings of Australian treescapes and detailed study of Australia’s flora.

Planting democracy in Canberra’s parliamentary triangle        Anna Howe
If you doubt that democracy can be planted, take a walk along King Edward Terrace across the centre of the Parliamentary Triangle in Canberra. The people who began planting here over a century ago firmly believed that identity could be expressed in landscapes. This article looks at four different expressions of our identity between the opening of (old) Parliament House on 9 May 1927 and (new) Parliament House on the same day in 1988.

Creating the Rainforest Gully at the Australian National Botanic Gardens        Don Beer
Don Beer’s Miracle on Black Mountain traces the growth of the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) in Canberra. This edited extract describes the early development of the ANBG’s most famous feature, the Rainforest Gully.

How did we get here? Reflecting on the fires in California        Meaghan Weeden
The historic California fires in 2020 saw c. 1.7 million hectares burned, 9,639 fires reported, 10,488 structures damaged or destroyed and 33 fatalities. The damage was significant and is likely to continue as climate change heats and dries this region.

Ulex europaeus (furze, goss, gorse, whin, friz)        John Dwyer
For hundreds of years gorse was highly regarded in England, Scotland and Ireland for its beauty and many practical applications. Its introduction to Australia and New Zealand has seen it become a noxious weed.

Hallowed turf – The aesthetics of grass        Richard Heathcote
The consideration of lawn aesthetics in Australian garden design follows the work of English landscaper Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown to the nature strip – the icon of Australian suburbia.

The Fernhill Estate: a rare colonial cultural landscape        James Broadbent
Fernhill is located in the Mulgoa Valley, NSW. Overlaying evidence of Aboriginal culture in the natural landscape is an early colonial landscape of exceptional significance. The retention of native trees to create an Antipodean vision of an English gentleman’s park marks an important shift in the early colonists’ attitude to their environment. This cultural landscape can and must be preserved.