The diverse histories of gardens

The January 2023 issue of Australian Garden History brings readers some highlights from the 42nd annual conference in Hobart of the Australian Garden History Society, the first to be held face-to-face since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trish Hodge, a proud palawa woman, discusses plants from around lutruwita (Tasmania) and their significance for First Nations people living on the island. And, on the back cover an extract from an oral history interview with Tara Edmondson gives a sense of the role of history in the management of the gardens at Government House in Hobart.

The issue also introduces the Society’s position statement on climate change, which can be found at

Other articles reveal the wide range of topics that encompass garden history: from recording the influence of the Canberra landscape on poetry and art to that of bananas on Queensland’s cultural identity; from passing knowledge from one generation to the next to preserve tradition to fighting to protect green spaces, as trade unionist Jack Mundey did.

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