RAHS Special Event – History of the Australian Backyard
July 20 @ 13:00 - 14:00
History of the Australian Backyard is a fun talk that will have everyone recognising something they remember from past gardens and their childhoods and will also pose a few questions about where our gardens are heading in the future.
About the speaker: Judy Horton OAM is a horticulturist who in 2015 retired after working for 22 years as a garden adviser for Yates. While at Yates Judy was responsible for updating six editions of Yates Garden Guide, the best-selling Australian gardening book. One of Judy’s responsibilities at Yates was to look after the company archives. These give a wonderful overview of gardening in Australia, particularly during the twentieth century. Judy’s talk draws on these archives and other resources to outline the trends, world events and social changes that have affected our gardens in that time, with particular emphasis on the ubiquitous quarter-acre Aussie backyard.
Judy is one of the weekend regulars who for more than 20 years has been answering garden questions on ABC 702 Weekends with Simon Marnie program. In 2009 she was awarded a Hall of Fame Gold Laurel by the Horticultural Media Association of Australia for her outstanding contribution to the gardening media.