The AGHS logo Helen Page
It is timely that as we approach our 40th anniversary we reflect on our logo, what is it and what it tells people about us. Most of all, are we proud of it?
Sydney’s Naval Garden on Garden Island Colin Randall
The naval garden on Garden Island in Sydney Harbour has been shaped by the development of Australia’s major naval base, the activities of the Royal Navy on the Australia Station, the opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia and the creation and activities of the Royal Australian Navy.
Is Umina an Edna Walling garden? Tim Gatehouse
The design of the terraced garden and pergolas at Umina, the Melbourne home of the Country Women’s Association in Lansell Road, Toorak, has long been attributed to Edna Walling (1895–1973), but to date no conclusive evidence of her involvement in the design of either has been found.
Queenscliff Botanic Gardens – born in hope, died of neglect Diana Sawyer
Visitors entering the historic seaside town of Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria can still glimpse majestic trees which are remnant plantings from the now forgotten Queenscliff Botanic Gardens. Sport, camping and eventually caravans, together with changing community attitudes and neglect at management level by successive councils in the Borough of Queenscliffe, would seem to be the principal causes for the gradual demise of the popular and prominent public space.
Charles Bogue Luffman – an update Sandra Pullman
In 2003 the author wrote a three-part series for Australian Garden History on Charles Bogue Luffman (1862–1920) who was the first principal of the Burnley School of Horticulture from 1897 until 1908. Unfortunately, Luffman saw fit to burn his papers resulting in a large gap in the knowledge of his early days at Burnley. But since then, thanks to the digitised newspaper project of the National Library of Australia, Trove, newspapers are giving up their secrets of the past … and we are now learning more about Luffman.
Amazing trees Otto Muir
Redwoods are amazing trees. Not only because they’re the tallest trees on earth; they’re also the fastest-growing and widest, and their timber is resistant to fire, termites, mould and rot.
Training lady gardeners for the colonies Liz Chappell
During the early 20th century, at least 19 private gardening schools were set up in England to train middle-class women for careers in horticulture at home and in the colonies. One of the most significant of these was the Arlesey House Country and Colonial Training School for Ladies in Hertfordshire.
Environmental and garden historian James Beattie Stuart Read
An interview with James Beattie, ‘an evident dynamo in the fields of history, environment and culture’.