Recent Events 2015- 2016


Above image:Tom Garnett 1960s

image courtesy Penny Garnett

U3A Deepdene

Alston Hall, Deepdene Uniting Church

Thursday June 16th

10 am

Illustrated Talk by Dr Anne Vale

Three Exceptional Garden Makers of Central Victoria

Garden designer William Sangster shaped some of Melbourne’s most significant gardens including the heritage properties Como and Ripponlea in Melbourne and Rupertswood in Sunbury. Author and botanical artist Lady Joan law-Smith created the internationally renowned cool climate garden Bolobek on the slopes of Macedon and Tommy Garnett, author and editor of the garden column in the Age through the 1980′s, created, with his wife Penelope, the renowned garden of St Erth now owned by the Diggers Club.

Above image: Edna Walling 1920s

image courtesy State Library Vic.

Friends of Ballarat Botanic Garden

Illustrated talk by Dr Anne Vale

Thursday May 19th 2016 at 10.am

Ballarat Botanic Garden

George Longley Centre,

Gillies St North

The Evolution of the Arts and Crafts Garden: From Architects to Edna Walling

The Arts and Crafts movement set a precedent for English architects to take control of designing both house and garden. In England, Horticulturalist William Robinson’s approach to natural style planting within strong architectural lines was popularised through the work of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens. As these influences extended to Australia, it created a foundation for the new breed of professional garden makers to immerge in the 1920s with many protagonists based in Victoria. For Edna Walling, in particular, this was the perfect vehicle to explore and develop her personal credo for garden making, landscape conservation and lifestyle. Through this medium she became one of Australia’s most sought after garden designers of the 20th Century.

Thursday September 10th
The last of the romantics

Eastern Regional Libraries

A beautifully Illustrated talk by Dr Anne Vale

Last of the Romantics: Lady Garden Makers

Tales of love, tragedy and triumph abound in the life stories of four of Australia’s most accomplished garden makers. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Margaret Darling, Lady Joan Law Smith and Beatrice Bligh all created large gardens during the 20th century. They opened their gardens to the public demonstrating by example their particular style and concept of what a garden was. These four women were definitely ‘ladies of a certain social class’—women with the power, money and leisure to indulge in garden-making on a grand scale. They stand out, not just for their horticultural creations, but for the numerous ways they contributed to the story, the art and the history of garden-making in Australia.

Eastern Regional Libraries ‘Book Bights’

Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon

September 9th

Australian Plants Society South Gippsland

A Sense of Place: Australian garden style in the Post War Years

A beautifully  Illustrated talk by Dr Anne Vale

 

A new breed of designers emerged after World War II who accepted, valued and embraced the Australian landscape and Australian flora. These alternative garden-makers, led by Peter Glass, Alistair Knox and Gordon Ford, amongst others, had a different perspective of the Australian landscape than their pre war predecessors. The natural landscape designers of the middle years, Stones, Ford and Maloney and Walker, crystallised and expressed the perspectives of their times, but did so in significantly different ways.

Peart Street Leongatha

Sunday August 30th

California Dreaming

Illustrated Talk by Dr Anne Vale

Australian Garden History Society Hobart Tasmania:

A delightful and beautifully illustrated tour of Gardens to visit from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Heritage botanical delights to mid century modernism including, Getty Centre, Getty Villa, Descanso, The Huntington, Filoli, Donald Garden (Thomas Church)and Lotusland

Runnymede, 61 Bay Road, New Town

For book purchases go to:

Anne Vale: http://www.heriscapes.com.au/publications/

 

Phil Johnson: http://www.phillipjohnson.com.au/

 The Evolution of the Arts and Crafts Garden: From Architects to Edna Walling

Illustrated talk by Dr Anne Vale

Thursday June 4th

Lyceum Club Melbourne

A beautifully illustrated talk following the Arts and Crafts movement which set a precedent for English architects to take control of designing both house and garden. In England, Horticulturalist William Robinson’s approach to natural style planting within strong architectural lines was popularised through the work of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens. As these influences extended to Australia, it created a foundation for the new breed of professional garden makers to emerge in the 1920’s with many protagonists based in Victoria. For Edna Walling, in particular, this was the perfect vehicle to explore and develop her personal credo for garden making, landscape conservation and lifestyle. Through this medium she became one of Australia’s most sought after garden designers of the 20th Century.

Saturday May 30th

South Gippsland Region of Horticultural Societies and Garden Clubs

Hosted by the Korumburra Horticultural Society

Illustrated talk by Dr Anne Vale

Last of the Romantics: Lady Garden Makers

Tales of love, tragedy and triumph abound in the life stories of four of Australia’s most accomplished garden makers. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Margaret Darling, Lady Joan Law Smith and Beatrice Bligh all created large gardens during the 20th century. They opened their gardens to the public demonstrating by example their particular style and concept of what a garden was. These four women were definitely ‘ladies of a certain social class’—women with the power, money and leisure to indulge in garden-making on a grand scale. They stand out, not just for their horticultural creations, but for the numerous ways they contributed to the story, the art and the history of garden-making in Australia.

Tuesday April 21st

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum & Eastern Regional Libraries

DOUBLE VISION

The Illustrated talks by award winning garden designer Philip Johnson and historian Dr Anne Vale were enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience. Many people took the opportunity to buy signed copies of Phil and Anne’s beautiful books Exceptional Australian Garden Makers and Connected 

For book purchases go to:

Anne Vale: http://www.heriscapes.com.au/publications/

 

Phil Johnson: http://www.phillipjohnson.com.au/

Successful Garden Tour 

March 2015

Lubra Bend and Yarra Valley Garden Tour

Marvellous  day in the Yarra Valley, visiting Lubra Bend, (the home of AGHS member Rosemary Simpson), Alowyn Gardens and Gulf Station.

The ancient bend in the Yarra River and home to the Wurundjeri people was named Lubra Bend in the 1860’s by the newspaper proprietor David Syme. The Stokes family, who, over their 40 years there, established the garden, planted the trees, cypress hedge and built the Guilford Bell designed home.  Bob and Rosemary Simpson bought the property in 1999. The house and garden have been extensively restored and rebuilt since, including an extensive vegetable garden, croquet lawn, an old orchard below the swimming pool, the new dry garden with large granite boulders and ponds, cascading water to the wetlands and Aztec steps.  The Society would like to thank Rosemary for her kind invitation to visit.

Alowyn Gardens is a relatively new and extensive garden, first planted in 1999 and designed with different garden styles primarily for educational purposes.   After a talk about the garden, and a self walk with a garden map, enjoy your boxed lunch in the courtyard with a bottomless cup of filter coffee or tea.

Gulf Station, a National Trust property, is one of the oldest and most intact examples of a pioneer farm complex in Australia. Take a walk around the property’s homestead and outbuildings and be transported into the domestic life of a rural colonial family.

March  2015

Illustrated talk by Dr Anne Vale

Herb Society of Victoria

The Evolution of the Arts and Crafts Garden: From Architects to Edna Walling

The Arts and Crafts movement set a precedent for English architects to take control of designing both house and garden. In England, Horticulturalist William Robinson’s approach to natural style planting within strong architectural lines was popularised through the work of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens. As these influences extended to Australia, it created a foundation for the new breed of professional garden makers to emerge in the 1920’s with many protagonists based in Victoria. For Edna Walling, in particular, this was the perfect vehicle to explore and develop her personal credo for garden making, landscape conservation and lifestyle. Through this medium she became one of Australia’s most sought after garden designers of the 20th Century.

February 2015

U3A Deepdene

Illustrated talk by Dr Anne Vale

California Dreaming: 

Gardens from Los Angeles to San Francisco, heritage botanical delights to mid century modernism: Getty Centre, Getty Villa, Descanso, Filoli, Donald Garden, Lotusland.

February 2015

Mornington Garden Club

Illustrated talk by Dr Anne Vale

Three Exceptional Garden Makers of Central Victoria

Garden designer William Sangster shaped some of Melbourne’s most significant gardens including the heritage properties Como and Ripponlea in Melbourne and Rupertswood in Sunbury. Author and botanical artist Lady Joan law-Smith created the internationally renowned cool climate garden Bolobek on the slopes of Macedon and Tommy Garnett, author and editor of the garden column in the Age through the 1980’s, created, with his wife Penelope, the renowned garden of St Erth now owned by the Diggers Club.

2014 Highlights

2014 was an exciting year for Heriscapes and director Anne Vale , full of writing and consulting projects , visits and assessments of heritage gardens, speaking engagements and event attendances.  A highlight of the year was winning a prestigious Award for

Exceptional Australian Garden Makers (published late 2013).

December 2014

Bayside Library

Illustrated talk by Dr Anne Vale

Last of the Romantics: Lady Garden Makers

Tales of love, tragedy and triumph abound in the life stories of four of Australia’s most accomplished garden makers. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Margaret Darling, Lady Joan Law Smith and Beatrice Bligh all created large gardens during the 20th century. They opened their gardens to the public demonstrating by example their particular style and concept of what a garden was. These four women were definitely ‘ladies of a certain social class’—women with the power, money and leisure to indulge in garden-making on a grand scale. They stand out, not just for their horticultural creations, but for the numerous ways they contributed to the story, the art and the history of garden-making in Australia.

December 2014

Illustrated talk by Dr Anne Vale

Leongatha Library

The Evolution of the Arts and Crafts Garden: From Architects to Edna Walling

The Arts and Crafts movement set a precedent for English architects to take control of designing both house and garden. In England, Horticulturalist William Robinson’s approach to natural style planting within strong architectural lines was popularised through the work of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens. As these influences extended to Australia, it created a foundation for the new breed of professional garden makers to immerge in the 1920s with many protagonists based in Victoria. For Edna Walling, in particular, this was the perfect vehicle to explore and develop her personal credo for garden making, landscape conservation and lifestyle. Through this medium she became one of Australia’s most sought after garden designers of the 20th Century.

Visits to heritage gardens

Narrapumelap

What a delightful place to stay. There is a very comfortable self contained apartment within this marvellous old homestead. We enjoyed having the run of the house and garden and even helped with bringing in the sheep – what fun.

 Garden History

Narrapumelap was built in 1873 and is an impressive French Gothic Mansion in the west of Victoria. Its original owner, John Dixon Wyselaskie (1818-1883) was a successful pastoralist and a philanthropist with his own intriguing life story. Visit and discover more about his life and enjoy the dynamic revival of his house that can only be described as a national treasure. Visit Narrapumelap and let yourself be taken to a world of elegance, charm and serenity,  ‘Narrapumelap’ is located in the Western District of Victoria, within easy reach of the Grampians, Port fairy and the coast. To Enquiry about availability and booking, phone Kevin 61 3 5350 3220

October 2014

Celebrating Gardeners at Buda. Two inspiring illustrated talks by Simon Griffiths and Dr Anne Vale

Anne Vale: Last of the Romantics: special Last Garden Makers of the 20th Century and Simon Griffiths: Photographing gardens.

What a lovely day for garden lovers at Buda! Thankyou Anne and Simon for your inspiring and informative talks, that got us all thinking about garden design and documenting our gardens.

L-R: Historians Peter Cuffley and Anne Vale with Photographer Simon Griffiths

For more information about Buda go to:

www.budacastlemaine.org

For more information about Simon Griffiths Photography go to:

simongriffiths.com.au

October 2014

Royal Historical Society News – Exceptional Australian Garden Makers Wins Top Award

Anne was thrilled that her latest book Exceptional Australian Garden Makers was the overall winner of the 2014 Australian Community History Award and was also very pleased to see colleague and fellow Burnley Graduate Sandi Pullman Sandi accept the Historical Interpretation Award on behalf of the Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage, for their work in recreating Charles and Sophie La Trobe’s garden The Garden at La Trobe’s Cottage, Kings Domain. This category recognises unique formats of historical interpretation, including visitor experiences delivered by physical exhibitions, artistic interpretation, history walks or tours.

Each year the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) and the Public Records Office of Victoria present the Victorian Community History Awards for historical research by local community groups. October 20 was a great day for horticulture, with two Burnley alumni Dr Anne Vale and Sandi Pullman receiving awards in separate categories.

Anne was awarded the Victorian Community History Award for the most outstanding community history project in any category, with her 2013 book Exceptional Australian Garden Makers.

the Awards were presided over by another Burnley identity RHSV President, and The University of Melbourne Associate Professor Don Garden

More information about the awards is available at: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/victoriancommunity-history-awards-2014-winners.

For more information about Friends of  La Trobe’s Cottage

go to:

foltc.latrobesociety.org.au/garden

For more information about the Royal Historical Society Victoria go to:

www.historyvictoria.org.au

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