Landscape conservation: Forty years with the National Trust Graham Quint
Former Director, Conservation with the National Trust of Australia, (NSW), Graham Quint looks back on four decades at the National Trust, and the evolution of my work conserving native bushland, the natural environmental heritage, trees, parks and gardens.
Habitat Brisbane: Bushcare in the suburbs Elizabeth Teeland
Bushcare groups have become a vital aspect of the rehabilitation and protection of native forests in Australia over the past few decades. This is especially important in areas on the fringe of our expanding urbanisation. The Rainbow Forest Experimental Rehabilitation Group, Indooroopilly, has been involved in the progressive rehabilitation of the surviving littoral rainforest along part of the Brisbane River
Goronga: A hill station garden in the Dandenongs Tim Gatehouse
Goronga is a grazing property in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. Its hill station garden is remarkable for the huge oaks planted mostly between the 1880s and 1920s. Situated on a hilltop with views extending to Western Port Bay, Goronga is surrounded by native forest interspersed with open pasture.
Bringing botany to the suburbs: Street signs in Albany Malcolm Traill
How better to acknowledge the work of botanists than by naming streets after them? That’s what has happened in Lockyer, a post-war suburb of Albany, WA.
Botanical brushstrokes: The Sarah Featon stamps Lynette Townsend
Sarah Ann Featon (1848–1927) was an English-born botanical artist. She created a series of watercolour artworks that showcased and celebrated the beauty and variety of Aotearoa–New Zealand’s flora.
Sweet pittosporum, native laurel or native daphne (Pittosporum undulatum Vent.) John Dwyer
For 100 years or more, (Pittosporum undulatum) sweet pittosporum was a common and much-appreciated garden plant, being fast growing, doing well in coastal gardensand having sweetly perfumed creamy white flowers in spring, followed by small bright orange fruits that attract a variety of birds to the garden.
For the bookshelf: The Botanical Art of William T. Cooper John Leslie Dowe
The Botanical Art of William T. Cooper by Wendy Cooper reveals the sheer detailedness of Bill’s work. He paid attention to the finest nuances in texture, shape and colour.
For the bookshelf: Our World Out of Balance: Understanding Climate Change and What We Can Do Camilla St Bird
Our World Out of Balance by Andrea Minoglio and Laura Fanelli is a fantastic resource for helping younger children understand a topic as complex and multifaceted as climate change.
For the bookshelf: A Garden History of Yass Town Anne Claoue-Long
A Garden History of Yass Town edited by Aedeen Cremin and Julie Campbell, a compendium of vignettes from 30 gardens in Yass, NSW, provides a glimpse into different domestic garden styles and approaches undertaken over many decades.
Landscapes – always at risk Trevor Pitkin
Wombat Park, a rural estate in Daylesford, Victoria, has long been on the radar of groups concerned with protecting Victoria’s built and horticultural heritage. Efforts to have this property given State-level recognition continue to this day. It is on the Australian Garden History Society’s Landscape at Risk register.
Profile: Janet O’Hehir – Camperdown campaigner