Trisha Dixon Burkitt is a writer and a photographer with a passion for landscape, literature, music, art, architecture, design and history. She leads specialist private tours within Australia and abroad, does photographic commissions and occasionally runs photographic workshops. Trisha lectures within Australia and abroad including for ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society).
Trisha's tours focus on landscape, gardens and private properties, architecture, literature, history, landscape designers, art and music. She has a private mailing list but has also led tours for Renaissance Tours, Academy Tours, the Australian Garden History Society as well as Historic Houses Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens and the Alexander Club. Tours always have access to private properties not usually available to the public.
Trisha has a number of books to her name, has edited journals and contributes and has contributed as a columnist to various publications and lectures within Australia and abroad. Her wide-ranging interests in philosophy, music, art and water ethics has led to the publication of her most recent book, Adagio: Living and Gardening Mindfully and her current research and writing for a book commissioned by the National Library of Australia.
Linking her passions of literature and landscape, Trisha’s book Under the Spell of the Ages was published in 2007 by the National Library of Australia. This followed two previous publications for the NLA: Little Book of Australian Gardens (2005) and Australia’s Timeless Gardens (1996) with Judith Baskin and she is currently working on another publication for the National Library at the moment.
Her research into the life and landscape designs of Edna Walling has resulted in a number of books, articles and consultancy on her remaining gardens (The Vision of Edna Walling 1998 and Gardens in Time: In the Footsteps of Edna Walling 1988 both co-authored with Jennie Churchill). Trisha also wrote the Foreword to the reprint of Edna Walling’s own copy of Gardens in Australia: Their Design and Care by Bloomings Books.
Recently Trisha was invited to write the Introduction to the magnificent monograph Horse Island by Christina Kennedy. Trisha provided research and photographs for Banjo Paterson’s High Country published by Angus & Robertson (1989) and other books and journals on the High Country, as well as the front cover image for Charles Massy’s Call of the Reed Warbler published this year in Australia by University of Queensland Press as well as in the US by Chelsea Green - and the front cover for Peter Timms Making Nature published by Allen and Unwin in 1991 as well as Michael McKernan’s The Valley: A Story from the Heart of the Land also published by Allen and Unwin, in 2009.
A private commission to write a biography of one of Australia’s most interesting pastoral properties where our only Nobel Prize laureate for Literature wrote his first novel and other noted Australian poets were also inspired, led her to Greece and the island of Hydra where she now takes photographic and literary workshops.
Working with Gordon and Gwen Ford to bring Gordon’s manuscript to publication by Bloomings Books led to Trisha photographing all Gordon Ford’s gardens for the 1999 publication of Gordon Ford: The Natural Australian Garden.
Trisha has worked as a pilot, as a presenter on ABC Television, as a landscape consultant and heritage adviser.
Trisha lives in an early colonial house on her historic grazing property on Monaro at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, portrayed over 100 years ago by artist Percy F.S. Spence. (below)