Quill and Spade – Pioneer Garden Writing in Australia

Australian Garden History Society present: Quill and Spade – Pioneer Garden Writing in Australia

Garden making wasn’t easy for the women and men who settled in Australia between 1788 and 1888. The more literate members of the community sought books and journals from overseas. They also joined agricultural and horticultural societies, and from the 1830s onwards, gardening books and nursery catalogues written and published in Australia began to circulate.

The presentation will consider the sources of gardening advice and information used by the early colonists and the writers and their publications.

About the speaker: Dr Greg Johnson is a Plant Pathologist who has had his own garden since the age of nine. His interest in gardening led him to study agricultural science majoring in plant breeding and plant pathology at the University of Queensland. He was gardening correspondent for the subtropics with Your Garden magazine from 1989–95 and, with his wife Lesley Watt, wrote a column about warm climate vegetables. He is founder of Horticulture 4 Development and Greg has collected early Australian gardening and horticultural books for over thirty years.


When: Wednesday 23 May, 6:00pm –7:00pm (drinks & nibbles) | 7:00pm – 8:30pm (illustrated talk)
Where: The Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill (free onsite parking available)
Cost: AGHS members $20; friends $30; students $5 (includes refreshments)
Bookings essential



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