Blackberry John Dwyer
It is hardly surprising that blackberries were introduced to Australia, as Europeans had been using them for food and medicine for thousands of years. With the benefit of hindsight, the introduction of blackberry plants (Rubus fruticosus) to Australia and New Zealand was a serious mistake.
Arthur Goodhew’s Goulburn nursery Claire Baddeley
After many decades as a nurseryman and in municipal life, Arthur Goodhew gave the City of Goulburn four acres of land where for 40 years he had conducted the Goulburn Seed and Nursery Company and Chislehurst Nursery. Included in his gift were thousands of seedlings, shrubs and trees, intended for street plantings and an afforestation scheme. Today the former site of the Chislehurst Nursery is Goodhew Park, often used for football matches and by dog walkers. Little remains of its association with a man prominent in business and public affairs in Goulburn other than its name.
Love and happiness in garden conservation Steve Brown
Love and happiness can be the dominant emotions in the making and experience of gardens. They are emotional states that can involve an exchange of comfort, care and pleasure between gardens and those who create, care for and visit them. To what extend can such feelings for gardens be ‘conserved’
Wensleydale and its garden Sandra Kearney
The garden of Adelaide Hills property ‘Wensleydale’ in Stirling, near Mount Lofty railway station, has been carefully restored to its earlier glory by the present owners. As you travel along the main thoroughfare, the house’s distinctive three-storey high tower suddenly comes into sight. A recent AGHS grant has helped to fund restoration of the garden’s gazebo.
Derriweit Heights, Mount Macedon Tim Gatehouse
Like their contemporaries in India who escaped the summer heat by retreating to hill stations, many 19th century Australian colonists with the means to do so established summer homes in mountain areas close to the capital cities. Amongst these retreats was Mount Macedon, 65 km northwest of Melbourne. Mount Macedon by the 1870s had become a favoured location for dedicated gardeners.
Subtropic baroque: a Queensland palm garden Glenn R Cooke
When we visit a garden our expectations are influenced by its location – the plantings will be largely dependent on the climate – as well as by the scale (is it a city or a rural garden?) and by what we know of the owners. Sometimes these expectations can be totally confounded, as were the author’s on a visit to the palm garden of Dr Paul and Helen Cotton at Tinana outside Maryborough.
Ephemera on Woodbridge Nursery John Viska
Very little ephemera of the early nurseries of Western Australia has survived. The author’s discovery of some rare nursery ephemera – a 1908 catalogue, a nursery order form and a 1911 postcard – provides insight into the operation of one of the state’s former horticultural enterprises.
Diamond Botanical Gardens, Saint Lucia Anne Cochrane
The richly colourful botanic garden on Saint Lucia, have the ability to captivate visitors for many hours. The Diamond Botanical Gardens (also known as the St Lucia Botanical Gardens), including mineral baths and waterfall, is a must if you are visiting the island of Saint Lucia. It is a peaceful slice of the tropics.