Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


The Garden of Ideas: an Australian Garden History Society National touring Exhibition

The Garden of Ideas is a national travelling exhibition and accompanying book, telling an inspiring and engaging story of ideas underpinning Australian garden design. Touring has been made possible through generous funding from the Australian Garden History Society with associated public programmes supported in Sydney by the Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive series of public programmes including a lecture series, seminars, and garden visits.

Garden of Ideas curator Richard Aitken is a Melbourne-based architect, historian, curator, author and current co-editor of the journal Australian Garden History. He also co-authored and edited the Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens, a ground-breaking reference in this field.

Enquiries for lectures: Phone 9231 8182 or email

Further information on seminars: Australian Garden History Society, Sydney and Northern NSW Branch

The Garden of Ideas exhibition

Historic engravings, paintings, sketches, photographs, plans, books, journals and plant specimens illustrating Australian garden styles spanning three centuries.

When: 13 July - 30 November, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Red Box Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Enter via Reception on Mrs Macquaries Road
Cost: Free entry

Further lectures in this fascinating series include

  • Thursday 16 August: Who does my garden grow? Featuring historian and author James Broadbent
  • Friday 14 September: Charles Moore & Joseph Maiden - outreach & impact. Presented by Colleen Morris
  • Thursday 11 October: Managing change in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Presented by Landscape historian Stuart Read.
  • Thursday 6 December: The coming of the Kauris - Agathis and after with Professor David Mabberley

Further information

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Special offer

Book for all five lectures at the reduced price of $125.


The Garden of Ideas