A South Islands garden tour Lynne Walker

In October 2017, 20 members of AGHS toured gardens in two of the New Zealand’s South Island’s provinces, Canterbury and Otago.

Public parklands for apartments Juliet Ramsay and Anne Claoue-Long

Major changes and development can affect public parks and urban open spaces. In Canberra there is a proposal to appropriate land along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin to create an estate of private four to six storey apartments. Another area of Canberra parkland noted as being at risk is Haig Park.

Selfheal – native friend or exotic foe? John Dwyer

Selfheal was once an important therapeutic plant found throughout Europe, North America and central and northern Asia, as well as in Australia. But is selfheal really native to Australia?

British botanical diplomacy Ekaterina Heath

Sir Joseph Banks turned the exchange of plants into a political strategy aimed at supporting the interests of the British Empire. Australian plants played a significant role in this process, helping to articulate various diplomatic messages. A gift from Banks to Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna of Russia in 1795 was among the earliest significant botanical diplomatic gifts of live plants in Europe.

The Spinney Patience Wardle

The history of The Spinney, 2 Mugga Way, Red Hill, ACT, a Canberra house and garden that disappeared after a comparatively short life of 35 years.

Two 1960s schoolboys Robert Darby

A reminiscence of two school boys in the 1920s whose friendship was cemented in the common love of gardening.

AGHS Joadja symposium 2018 Jessica Hood

Before the AGHS’s 2018 annual conference there was a one-day symposium ‘Fuelling the Fire’ at the incredible cultural landscape of Joadja Creek Valley, west of Mittagong in NSW’s Southern Highlands. The symposium explored ideas around time and conflicting narratives of ‘gardening’ in the broader landscape, thereby extending the conference theme.

AGHS Mittagong conference Steven Halliday

A reflection on the AGHS’s 2018 Annual Conference held at Mittagong, NSW.

Getting to know them Victor Crittenden

In this extract from The AGHS’s oral history collection, Victor Crittenden discusses his love of gardening and the role of the AGHS.

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