Facebook Pixel
Skip to content
19 Nov 2019

Shining the light on women in garden design

The Garden Design Series lectures are a must for anyone interested in how nature, beauty and functionality can complement each other in gardens from small urban courtyards to big country estates, and even some of the world’s more impressive glasshouses.

The 2020 Garden Design Series, brought to you by Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens will be hosted by Paul Nicholson at the Tattersalls Club Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD.

This year's series feature four inspiring women in the garden design space who will each share their knowledge, ideas and experience.

Topics cover will include the importance of outdoor spaces that transform, restore and soothe the soul, as well as therapeutic gardens and the relationship between beauty, care and cultural, social and environmental sustainability.

Talk 1: Lisa Ellis 

Lisa Ellis

Wednesday 11 March 

Learn about Lisa’s personal journey as an award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer, as she explains how she has arrived where she is today. During the talk, Lisa will share stories and photos of her projects, explaining the design response unique to each one. She will also talk about the building of her design business, Lisa Ellis Gardens, and the evolving nature of landscape and planting design, and how new technology such as virtual reality is being used to help realise design visions. 

Garden by Lisa Ellis
Garden by Lisa Ellis

Talk 2: Kate Cullity

Kate Cullity

Wednesday 22 April

The theme of Kate’s talk is ’More than Just Looking Good: Beauty, Aesthetics and Care‘. A founding director of TCL, Kate is a nationally and internationally recognised and awarded landscape architect and environmental artist, with skills in the integration of public art with landscape and urban design. She will examine the role patterning, repetition and multiples play in design, and how they encourage a nexus between beauty, care and environmental, social and cultural sustainability.  

The 25 hectare Australian Garden in Melbourne was designed by the team at TCL, including Kate Cullity, with Paul Thompson
The 25 ha Australian Garden in Melbourne was designed by the team at TCL, Kate Cullity and Paul Thompson

Talk 3: Joanne Aquilina

Joanne Aquilina

Wednesday 13 May

Joanne is the founder and driving force behind Therapeutic Gardens Australia. Her goal is to design, create and maintain therapeutic gardens while providing information for those wanting to develop gardens for people with special needs. She’ll discuss the 5 Senses Garden in Rhodes Park, Concord, which provides tailored activities for residential care facilities, schools, hospitals and other non-for-profit organisations. The garden is also a place for the entire community, offering workshops, volunteering and a space for social connections.  

5 Senses Garden by Joanne Aquilina
5 Senses Garden by Joanna Aquilina 

Talk 4: Nicola Cameron

Nicole Cameron

Wednesday 17 June

Nicola specialises in creating outdoor spaces that transform, restore and soothe the soul. She founded Pepo Botanic Design and is committed to developing and maintaining residential gardens, including the grounds of Waverley Council’s historic Bronte House. Join Nicola for insights into how thoughtful garden design impacts wellbeing and why it is essential to immerse ourselves in the restorative embrace of our gardens. She will also talk about why it is necessary as a society to integrate more greenery into public spaces.  

Garden by Nicola Cameron
Garden design by Nicola Cameron

Tickets to Garden Design Series 2020 

 The 2020 Garden Design Series will be held at the Tattersalls Club Hyde Park at 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney from 6.15 – 8.15 pm. Ticket prices are below.

Full Series (4 talks)

  • Foundation & Friends member $220

  • Non-member $285, student $220

Single talk 

  • Foundation & Friends member $65

  • non-member $80, student $65

  • Entry fee includes drinks and canapés on arrival. Call the Foundation & Friends office on (02) 9231 8182, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.

  • Become a member and save! Click here

 This event is brought to you by:

Supported by: 

Garden Design Series Sponsors

This story is as seen in the Summer 2019-2020, Issue 123, Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens Magazine. 
If you are a journalist and have a media enquiry about this story, please click here for contact details and more information.