News Sheet August Australian Landscape Conference
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NEWS SHEET August 2015

Australian Landscape Conference
18-22 September 2015. Melbourne.

SPRING IS IN THE AIR - A note from Warwick

IT WAS RATHER GREY AND RATHER DULL on Saturday morning but I escaped from the office with Sue and our four legged friends Blossom and George.  How refreshing, strolling along the Yarra River with the singing Bellbirds and Wattles!  I wondered whether our overseas speakers would get a chance to see these gorgeous wattles in their blazing golden beauty.

 Sue & George
Sue, George, Golden Wattles, Casuarinas and an English Oak behind.

And then I saw it!  As we turned the corner an English Oak appeared, bursting into foliage with its fresh young green leaves.  I thought of University days and my friend Chris Game telling me, ‘Forge, when the oak comes into leaf it’s Spring, and that means that if we are not working hard now, we will fail’.  How very right he was.  So I reckon we are now bursting into Spring in harmony with the Quercus robur, our exams have long gone, but our Conference is just around the corner and excitement is building from so many quarters!



Thomas Doxiadis
Thomas Doxiadis

We wondered what our wonderful speakers are thinking about as they prepare to depart.  So we have asked them and here are some replies -
Thomas Doxiadis replied -
  Our current challenge is getting greater results from more limited resources. A good lesson in economy but also in ecology!

“..I look passionately forward to visiting Melbourne, meeting like minds and letting thoughts flow, and good food, good wine and good company!
  He explained -
The crisis is a terrible time for Greece. Yet it holds the seeds of the future. The age when money was no object is past. We must do much more with much less, to answer not the question "what is this going to cost", but "what is the maximum we can achieve with very limited resources".
  Fortunately, both the past and the future come to our aid. The past provides metron, the balanced measure in all  things. Beauty in essence and simplicity. Parsimony, the careful use of materials. Metis, clever creativity. And a very long tradition of recycling the old to make the new.
 The future provides ecology, the ideas of working with natural processes, with minimum disturbance and inputs into nature. These practical and ethical positions provide the foundation for a new kind of practice, one which doxiadis+ has been exploring through designed and realized projects…


Appearance is elegant and simple. But respecting and conserving this naturally
terraced Island landscape of Antiparos which has evolved with its complex floral
mosaic over thousands of years is far from simple

Landscape designer Diana Wiesner (Bogota, Colombia) commented -

Diana Wiesner
Diana Wiesner

“My challenge is to consolidate support networks for the protection and sustainable use of the eastern hills of Bogota with citizen initiatives that are alive and ensure that the projects transcend local administrations and remain supported by the people.   ..I aim to achieve high quality projects and spatial richness for future populations to strike a balance between the demands of the public and the private, ..for the common good.

..the conference should enable an evaluation.. for new experiences with professionals from other cultures. (I will) ..make an internal confrontation on our work to an external audience. ..Learn and listen carefully to others .. ..the landscaper should not seek to be an author or protagonist behind a work, but disappear in a process of teamwork. The various professions can enrich and initiate a process where people and nature all do their part.



Numbers are now quickly building. We will have approximately 600 attendees for a truly wonderful conference!
With the conference so close, it’s time to register NOW!  Some events are  booked out so please act quickly to ensure you are part of the world’s best in landscape design at Melbourne’s stunning Convention Centre!



You too can have an Aladdin’s cave. Lighting can help create subtle and magic places
in your garden. Amander Flaherty talks on Garden Illumination (Light on Landscape).


James Basson to provide a further workshop

James’s workshops have been extremely popular - no doubt due to his outstanding plantsmanship in Mediterranean conditions. His two workshops soon booked out but he has now agreed to a further workshop.  Book early!
Some other workshops are also booked out, but many places remain for superb, practical, inexpensive workshops which don’t require conference registration.  Tuesday has smaller classes so grab the opportunity to learn from the masters.  See WORKSHOPS and BOOKING FORM on the MENU Media Houseat
Anyone remotely interested in vertical walls and rooftop gardens are in for a really outstanding   and comprehensive Workshop.
Erik van Zuillekom of Fytogreen is an acknowledged expert with extensive experience with these horticultural innovations.

I am profoundly impressed by Erik’s work.  It opens up all manner of really exciting possibilities for changing our cities and our practices.  It’s a whole new world!

- Warwick Forge

Media House, 572 Bourke St., Melbourne   


Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbooks, by Tim Richardson

        Richardson Book

This new book, - being rushed to Australia for our conference - provides revealing glimpses into the private sketchbooks of the world’s leading landscape and garden designers.

Conference delegates will remember Tim Richardson who spoke so eloquently at our 2011 Conference.  His new book provides a novel approach to garden and landscape design, that encourages amateur gardeners, design professionals and students to draw their ideas by hand.

It is a quite new, and accessible way of addressing design issues.  It is a large format book for both students and professionals drawn from the private sketchbooks of 37 of the world’s leading  designers.  It features 688 drawings and illustrations as diverse as their creators – including planting, design elements, colour schemes and materials.

Designers include (with former and current ALC speakers in blue) -
• Atelier Dreiseitl • Balmori • Bannerman Design • BCA Landscape • Aniket BhagwatCao | Perrot • Fernando Caruncho • Claude Cormier • Paul de Kort • Doxiadis+ • Estudio OCA • Monika Gora • GreenInc • Gross Max • Gustafson Porter • Hassell • Hocker Design • Edward Hutchison • Raymond Jungles • Mikyoung Kim • Cristina Le Mehauté • Ken McCown • Helle Nebelong • Piet Oudolf • Péna & Peña • Pola • Patrizia Pozzi • Sarah Price • Proap • Daniel Roehr • SLA • Ken Smith • Tom Stuart-Smith • Taylor Cullity Lethlean • Mario Terzic • Cleve West • ZUS Author Tim Richardson - former landscape editor at Wallpaper*, gardens editor at Country Life and founding editor of New Eden. Tim has written many books on landscape design, including Futurescapes, Avant Gardeners, The Vanguard Landscapes and Gardens of Martha Schwartz



The Friday garden tour has sold out.  If you have booked but no longer wish to attend for any reason, please advise us immediately so that delegates on our waiting list can be offered a place with tour costs refunded to you.


The much loved Speakers’ Dinner enables you to meet our speakers in a relaxed and convivial environment.  There are still places left, so don’t delay and join us for this Saturday, not for profit dinner at the picturesque Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club.  The barge transfer from the city to the venue is fully booked but there are limited places for this romantic moonlight return barge to the city.  Please email to take up this one way return option.  For dinner details and bookings visit


In addition to the regular student discount offered for conference registrations, ALC 2015 has a new category for secondary school students.  For just $200, secondary school students can attend this wonderful conference and experience the very best in the world at a saving of over $400.   Spread the word about this fabulous offer and inspire the next generation of leading designers and horticulturalists!


Bill Nixon, our new Webmaster, has included various people known to us onto our subscriber list. If this is unwelcome for you, just go to the foot of the home page on our website where you can delete or amend your contact details.  In conference years, we normally send out about three News Sheets and perhaps 1-2 other notices, so we try not to be too intrusive.


News Sheets will also provide information concerning ALC Garden Tours. However, if you wish to be regularly updated, then please notify Warwick Forge (
For all current information on our Conference and Garden Tours please visit –

POSTSCRIPT – Are you sick and tired of us burbling on about our conference?
We can understand that.  So just enter our website and read about our speakers and the various events.

See also, ARTICLES OF INTEREST in the Menu bar of our website and especially, the recent article by Megan Backhouse published in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age – Gardens are about imagination and art and…creating a sense of unity.


Sponsor News…



EverEdge flexible steel garden edging is durable, versatile and incredibly simple to install. The metre lengths are simply hammered into the ground and easily interlock – no extra pins, pegs or joiners. EverEdge bends to virtually any shape, holds angles and curves and suits all soil types.   EverEdge is made from 1.6 mm mild steel with either a galvanised and powder coated finish or with a Cor-Ten rust finish. Available depths are: 75 mm, 100 mm or 125 mm.

All details on the website


Burnley Open Day

Burnley is very proud of its 125 years of horticultural education to be celebrated throughout 2016. We value our relationship with the horticultural industry and the community and so we'll be showcasing our courses, research, the heritage garden and green roof at the annual Burnley Open Day on Sat. 5th Sept from 10am to 4pm.  To learn about sustainable gardening and horticulture, join in the activities at The University of Melbourne Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard Richmond, Vic, 3121.

To register please visit 


  • Course expo - 10am - 4.00pm
  • Green Roof Tours -11.30& 2.00pm
  • Campus and nursery Tours - 10.30pm & 1.30pm
  • Special presentation Selecting Perennial plants for Dry Climates by David Glenn from Lambley Nursery: 11.30am
  • Bite size seminars:
    • Garden Design- 11am (Andrew Laidlaw)
    • Arboriculture - 11.30am (Denise Johnson)
    • Green Roofs and Walls- 1.30pm (Claire Farrell)
  • Friends of Burnley Gardens Plant Sale
  • Pruning and secateurs maintenance workshop
  • Coffee and food vans (Bombay Coffee, Bagels by Round the Way)


Join Warners for a complimentary tour:
Warners Guided Tour



Diggers is delighted to announce its latest magazine The Seed Annual, packed with all you will ever need to know about using seeds in your garden – tip top tomatoes, giant pumpkins, wildflower meadows, edible flowers to jazz up your salads and the perfect summer flower display for bees, bugs or beauty are all covered in this amazing magazine! For your complimentary copy call Diggers on (03) 5984 7900 or send an email to and mention the ALC.


Take a look at the Nursery & Garden Industry Australia 2015 Plant of the Year! Ozbreed’s hardy and compact native hedging plant, Grey Box™ Westringia fruticosa 'WES04' PBR, with its incredibly robust drought, frost and humidity tolerant characteristics. It will also tolerate periodic wet feet, unlike most Westringia varieties. Grey Box™ Westringia provides a brilliantly tough, faster growing and lower maintenance alternative to exotic box plants for small formal hedges and when mass planted, provides a sea of very compact, tidy, naturally 'ball shaped' plants. Give it a try and see why it’s a winner!


Sue Forge
Ph 0438 181 578

Workshops, Sponsorship, Pre-conference tour and venue matters
Jenny Wade
Conference Manager
Ph 0409 000 089

Media, Speakers, Logistics and Overseas tours.
Warwick Forge
Conference Director
Ph: 03 9804 8915

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