A three-part lecture series in conjunction with the exhibitions Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens & Australian Grand Designs to explore Australia’s passion for gardens and garden making.
The Planting Dreams exhibition celebrates the bicentenary the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (1816-2016).
A special Friends of the Library lecture series. Australian Garden History Society & Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney members eligible for Friends discount.
Lecture 1 - Tuesday, 18 October Lecture 1: Metcalfe Auditorium 12.00 - 1.00 pm
Exploring NSW Contemporary Gardens with Howard Tanner AM
Over the past year, award-winning architect and author, Howard Tanner AM has worked with the State Library to produce a survey of contemporary landscape gardens in NSW, in conjunction with specialist photographers, landscape designers and contractors.
Join Howard as he discusses some of NSW’s exceptional gardens that have formed part of the Planting Dreams: Grand Garden Designs photographic exhibition. These images showcase contemporary designs and innovative landscaping of large scale gardens – from Bermagui to Byron Bay to Tenterfield – utilising creative elements of Australian plants; impressive water features; ‘cloud-pruning’ of hedges; contrasting colours and textures; the use of luxurious grasses.
Lecture 2: Tuesday, 25 October Lecture 2: Metcalfe Auditorium 12.00 - 1.00 pm
Planting Dreams: Public Gardens & Places – Then & Now
Speakers: Peter Watts AM, Colleen Morris and Anton James
Join us for a fascinating conversation led by former director of the Historic Houses Trust NSW, Peter Watts AM in discussion with landscape heritage consultant Colleen Morris and accomplished landscape architect Anton James.
The talks will focus on public gardens, both contemporary and historical, as arbiters of taste – through style, plant distribution, fashion makers, public art and memorials etc. It will explore those who make our public open spaces, threats to public gardens and what the public expect from them.
Lecture 3: Tuesday, 1 November Lecture 3: Gallery Room 12.00 - 1.00 pm
History of Australian garden design through the Library’s collection
Speakers: Richard Aitken & Sarah Morley
Join Richard Aitken, garden historian, author and curator of the Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens exhibition and Sarah Morley, Curator Research & Discovery at the State Library, as they discuss the selection and design processes behind this landmark exhibition.