Last Tuesday I attended the launch of the exhibition Historic Gardens of New England at the Australian Institute of Architects building, Tusculum (3 Manning Street, Potts Point).
Bill Oates and Graham Wilson provided a very interesting overview of the archival material collected by the University of New England. Some spectacular photographs give great insight into the cultural aspects of gardens in the region. The speakers discussed the importance of plant selection for climate.
A few gardens of stately homes included an interesting design element – a heart shaped carriage drive lawn – which was quite fashionable for the time, and still charming today.
The Australian Garden History Society co-ordinated the event and the exhibition will be on display for the month of July 2013 at Tusculum house. Highly recommended.