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‘This noble species’: Grevillea robusta    Joanna Besley

Tuggan tuggan or silky oak (Grevillea robusta) is a distinctive Queensland tree species, popular in cultivation for its jagged silhouette, soft grey-green foliage, and golden flowers, and also widely used as a cabinet timber, valued for its strongly patterned grain.

 

Tropicalian fantasies: discovering Australia’s rainforest gardens    Jeannie Sim

Rainforest gardens have been revealed during recent research into warm-climate garden design as an under-appreciated Australian garden style conforming to a wider style of tropical garden character. Within this tropicalian genre are several innovative and distinctive design approaches, exemplified by surviving examples in Queensland from the 1930s–1980s.

 

Gladioli envy and the Melbourne Botanic Gardens’ native plant project    Philippa McMahon

Between 1949 and 1957 an experiment to improve and develop Australian plants was conducted at Melbourne Botanic Gardens and this ultimately unsuccessful project raised many issues around the horticultural use of Australian plant species during the immediate post-war years.

 

Readings on Australia’s garden history :Thistle Harris reflects on a trip to Melbourne (1964)    John Walter

The first of an occasional series in which manuscript or otherwise elusive documents are reproduced alongside modern commentary. The intention is to make available significant polemical, critical, or descriptive documents of Australian garden history

 

Profile: Christine Reid

 

Defining landscape: a response    John Dwyer

 

Historic Banongill station and garden    Christine Reid

A profile of the historic Western District property Banongill station and garden, a highlight of the garden visits as part of the Australian Garden History Society 30th Annual National Conference.