Heriscapes: Recording gardens with history

Tailored consultancy services for assessing and researching heritage landscapes.

  • Guest speaker engagements
  • Garden histories
  • Garden guides
  • Garden photography


Historian Dr Anne Vale is an author, garden photographer and a public speaker.

Anne has written history booklets and garden guides on heritage gardens such as, Dalvui, Wombat Park, Durrol, Warroona Nursery and Kyneton Botanic Garden.

Author of Influential Australian Garden People: their stories (2016)

Author of Exceptional Australian Garden Makers (2013)

Author of Environmental Awareness Training a Strategy for Change (1996)

Contributing author to Heritage Garden Review (UK)

Contributing author to online directory on Australian Women Leaders

Writer for Garden Drum blog

Former university lecturer (University of Melbourne), Garden History and Design

Public speaker at conferences, Horticultural Societies, Historical Societies, Libraries etc

Awards include; 2014 Public Records Office and the Royal Historical Society ‘Overall winner of the Community History Award for Exceptional Australian Garden Makers’

Anne lives in a 19th century farmhouse in South Gippsland with her husband Michael and their two scallywag kelpies. She has created a 1930s style country garden where up until a decade ago sheep had been allowed to graze for over 30 years.


P.O. Box 7


Vic 3954

Mobile: 0419 893 523

Click on the link to hear Anne discuss 20th century garden makers

Left to right:  Paul Thompson, Lady Joan Law Smith and Tom Garnett

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:

You can learn more about the garden at La Trobe’s Cottage


Anne accepting the 2014 Australian Community History Award for her book Exceptional Australian Garden Makers

Copyright © Heriscapes 2016 Powered By A Network