Happenings 

Writing finished for book commissioned by the National Library of Australia and now, in-between running tours, I have a number of talks and ‘in conversations’ over the ensuing months following on from the recent one at the Alexandra Club in Melbourne in August with Paul Bangay on the life and works of Vita Sackville-West.

The next ‘in conversation’ with Paul is for a fund raising event at Garangula Gallery near Harden on the weekend of 29th February - 1st March where three outstanding district gardens will also be open to the public. Will put a link to booking and further details shortly.

The Australian Landscape Conference is a must attend weekend in my calendar. Next year is on the weekend of 28 - 29 March 2020 when Fleur Flannery and Warwick Forge have put together an inspiring collection of speakers - international and Australian including Bruce Pascoe, Charlie Massy and Fiona Brockhoff (who I have the pleasure of being ‘in conversation’ with). Booking details shortly.

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.

Follow The Planthunter, Georgina Reid on instagram here, Daniel Shipp here and read more about the book here.

Read issue #43 of The Planthunter, Trisha Dixon's secret garden here


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. 


Interview with Sophie Hansen and Skye Manson, My Open Kitchen Podcast Series 2, Episode 3 January 31, 2017.

Listen to podcast here


Article in Canberra Times Tuesday October 25, 2016 by Susan Parsons (page 8 Good Food)