Nola Luxford, Angel of the Anzacs – and her garden in the sky        Clare Gleeson
The Anzac Garden, New York, was designated as a garden in which to remember the dead of two world wars. The Garden is the legacy of New Zealand actress, writer, pioneer broadcaster and founder of the Anzac Club in New York City, Nola Luxford.

Hesperia: The AGHS conference looks west        John Viska
The 44th annual national conference (18 to 20 October 2024) will be held in the coastal city of Bunbury, WA. Visits during the conference will include places of early settlement when the colony saw its future in the hands of Hesperus, the god of the west wind.

St Vincent Place gardens: Where landscape becomes townscape        Max Nankervis
The local government area of South Melbourne was one of the earliest ‘suburbs’ outside the Melbourne CBD. As per the town planning style of the early 1850s, the streets were laid out in a grid pattern. But around 1854, a significant deviation from the grid was introduced that created St Vincent Place: a landscaped square onto which houses faced, somewhat reminiscent of the famous squares of Georgian London and others such as Edinburgh, Bath and Bristol. Today St Vincent Gardens is one of the most coveted real estate locations in Melbourne.

The garden in the museum: Captivating audiences inside and out       Luke Keogh

Before any sod was turned for the National Museum of Australia, more than a decade before the actual site was even chosen, the nation’s museum was to have a garden. When the museum finally took pride of place on the Acton Peninsula, the Garden of Australian Dreams was billed as ‘the heart of Australia’s National Museum’.

Goodbye Ramsay Street: Chasing the suburban dream in Vermont        Emma Sheppard-Simms
In 2018, the author moved to the suburb of Vermont, 20 km east of the Melbourne CBD. The pandemic lockdown gave her the time to get to know Vermont – its history, its rise as a suburb and the transformation currently taking place.

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For the bookshelf: An Almost Impossible Thing: the radical lives of Britain’s pioneering women gardeners by Fiona Davison   Reviewed by Jennifer Stackhouse
An Almost Impossible Thing covers the stories of six women, who chose to study horticulture and become gardeners in the late 19th and early 20th century. Those first women gardeners had many hurdles to overcome in their desire for a career outdoors and the hurdles persisted well into the 20th century.

Exhibition: The Florilegium: Rainforest Species at Risk        Colleen Morris
The Florilegium Society is presenting the inaugural exhibition at The Garden Gallery (5 April–5 May 2024 ) at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. The exhibition will focus on the impact of climate change and plant pathogens on rainforest species and increased human activity leading to habitat loss and fragmentation of rainforests.

Advocacy: AGHS and AILA celebrate Badangi’s NSW heritage listing        Annabel Murray
The formal listing on the NSW State Heritage Register (SHR) of Badangi gives statutory protection for future generations. And while Sydney Harbour is not formally recognised for its world heritage significance, the listing signifies a leap in this direction.

Profile: Felicity Farrelly: WA Branch representative on the National Management Committee

HS national oral history collection: Elaine Musgrave
Elaine Musgrave talks about her career as a botanical artist.

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