Nearly finished writing book for National Library of Australia with end of July deadline…..
After that, there are some interesting talks and ‘in conversation’ with over the ensuing months including this one at the Alexandra Club in Melbourne in August with Paul Bangay:
Paul will be in conversation with Trisha Dixon about his admiration and inspiration from the life and works of Vita Sackville-West, one of the twentieth century’s great lives.
They will talking about his childhood obsession with Sissinghurst and how this shaped his career at such an early age, as well as the role of this famous garden both in modern garden design and how it influences many contemporary designers such as Dan Pearson and traditional garden design with its timeless planting schemes.
They will also be talking about Vita Sackville West’s more personal life and how this lead to Paul’s current passion of collecting her first Edition signed books as well as many personal letters and other correspondence including the only known love letter between Vita and Virginia Wolf talking about their physical love.
How chuffed to be included in the groundbreaking Thames & Hudson book The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Plants by Georgina Reid with photographer Daniel Shipp. Such an avid reader of The Planthunter and seeing how these two are gently and persuasively changing the face of gardening in Australia. Edna Walling almost a century ago burst onto the scene in Australia changing gardens from ‘look at me’ display gardens to places that were meant to be lived in, to be enjoyed, to sit in and not just to display and work slavishly in. Georgina and Daniel are taking this one step further in showcasing people and places that are not resolutely following fashion or trends. The Planthunter shows their ultimate respect for Mother Earth, for the environment, for integrity and reality, for celebrating people and places that nurture, that are nurtured and that express each owners individuality. Rather than a book of immaculate gardens, it is a book as much about the people as the spaces they inhabit. Eclectic, individualistic, eccentric, soulful, challenging, whimsical and each in their own way engages on different levels - artistically, academically, horticulturally - all totally individual and inspiring. Read David Holmgren’s chapter on leading a revolution on living more in tune with nature; Bill Henson on art, evolution and beauty; Thomas Woltz’s vision; D’Harawal woman of the Bidiagal clan, Fran Bodkin on indigenous knowledge of the natural environment; the London lawyer Leslie Bennett writing papers for the US Department of Agriculture on farming practices who now spends her days designing and tending gardens that are productive and beautiful…and be taken through all these journeys by the superb images of Daniel.
Such a privilege to have one of my Monaro images on front cover of good friend Charles Massy's new groundbreaking book Call of the Reed Warbler which is such an inspiring read and has been reprinted many times since its recent publication. Look for talk at a writers festival or other venue by the author who is in strong demand as public speaker. Published by University of Queensland Press and in the US by Chelsea Green.
Was wonderful to head back to Glenmore House on 15 March for another talk - this one titled Dreamers, Drifters and Dilettantes in the Mediterranean… which followed on from the fun event last year, Mediterranean Meanderings , where, after the talk, Mickey put on a sensational Mediterranean spread for lunch...enjoyed so much catching up with everyone there - one who had flown up the evening before from Melbourne, stayed overnight at the airport then driven down and back for the lunch....so humbling to have such great enthusiasm...thanks Mickey for making these possible...
ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society) Lecture in Armidale on 6 February 2019.
Was such huge privilege to travel back to Armidale for an ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society) lecture on February 6, 2019 where many many friends among the 240 people attending.
This followed on from two ADFAS lectures in Melbourne last year: Contemporary Landscapes - illustrated lecture which looked at some of the most innovative and inspiring landscape designs in the world - from the Greek Islands, to Italy, through to France, South America and throughout Australia - large gardens that cover an entire island to intimate town gardens, cutting edge gardens from some of the world’s leading landscape designers and garden makers.
Article in Canberra Times Tuesday October 25, 2016 by Susan Parsons (page 8 Good Food)