News Sheet July Australian Landscape Conference
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NEWS SHEET July (Late) 2015
Australian Landscape Conference
18-22 September 2015, Melbourne.


It is very exciting to see so many familiar names registering for this year’s conference - many attending or the third or fourth time – including our loyal, garden loving NZ contingent who are as enthusiastic as ever. We are also delighted to see many new names from all walks of life. They are mostly Australians but recently we were delighted to register a designer from Cape Town! Of course, we have much in common with the flora and conditions of Africa, just as we have with the Kiwis and South Americans. We look forward to welcoming everyone in September with another fabulous conference.


By special arrangement, the garden ‘Mawarra’ at Sherbrooke in the Dandenongs is being opened for our Friday Garden Tour.

‘The architectural structure and well-proportioned stonework are a testament to her design skills’ – p54, The Vision of Edna Walling, by courtesy, Bloomings Books Pty Ltd.

This is a wonderful treat since Edna Walling believed it to be her finest garden,and for many people, Walling is still Australia’s most significant garden designer. Trisha Dixon (co-author of The Vision of Edna Walling), recently visited the garden with Paul Bangay and she reported that the garden as been well restored and maintained by its new owners.

‘The Mawarra plan: as in an Italian Renaissance garden, the main axis in front of the house plunges down a steep hill, with terraces of varied character leading off it’ – Peter Watts.The plan is reproduced from p52, The Vision of Edna Walling by courtesy, Bloomings Books.

Places are still available for the Dandenong Ranges Garden Tour though buses are filling fast. For an exhilarating day of garden visiting, reserve a place now via -


Congratulations to Martin and Topotek1! He is providing two presentations at our conference and don’t miss an opportunity to meet him at his Burnley College 
workshop on Monday 21 September. “Streets as Public Spaces: including the significance of trees and planting concepts”. This highly creative and brilliant planner/designer is a must for landscapers, urban planners and all those with a passion for the future of our cities. See our website for details.

TOPOTEK1’s (Martin is the principal designer) winning proposal for the International Competition “Landscape Master Plan of GIFT City and its Components” evolves step by step over time from the building construction’s excavated earth to reveal the new city growth. 

The dynamic process avoids earth transportation enabling a sustainable recycling of all resources on site. There will be a scale transition between the surrounding flat landscape and the high-rise towers. A diverse program includes culture, leisure and sports ensuring a very rich community space for people of all ages. 

MIFGS 2015 - 5000 Poppies, Phillip Johnson Landscapes 

Inspired by the letters of his great grandfather, Lieutenant Frederick Johnson of the XXII Corps, Phil’s MIFGS 2015 tribute to the Anzacs was a moving, uniquely Australian display of remembrance and reflection for the 100th Anniversary of Australia’s involvement in World War I. 

‘..a moving, uniquely Australian display of remembrance’.

Raised in the gold mining town of Reedy Creek in Victoria, Phil’s great grandfather spent endless hours walking through his beloved dry bushland and winding creeks. Working with Lynn Berry and the 5000 Poppies Project, the MIFGS project was a deeply personal experience for Phil who no doubt inherited his love of the Australian bush from Frederick.


The workshops were introduced in 2013 and were a great success. The 2015 workshops provide a new range of topics, with something for everyone. Please visit for the program, presenter profiles and topic summaries. This month’s featured workshop introduces Tim Samson of Diggers:

Tim Sansom, The Diggers Club – 3.30pm – 5.00pm 

(Monday and Tuesday) “What’s Old 

is New” focusing on  heirloom vegetables, annual flowers and perennials for Australian gardens Our Gardening Heritage.

The choices we make as professional and amateur gardeners about what we plant in our gardens are vast and it can be difficult to sort the truth from the spin, especially with all the new introductions that are the foundation for many promotions. 

Tim is the CEO of Horticulture at The Diggers Club, an organisation that has been working for 30 years – with its mission to promote the best gardening traditions.

Through extensive trialling and observation of vegetable cultivars in dedicated trial grounds and the curation of  Australia’s only certified organic show gardens open to the public, Diggers has an outstanding reputation and is one of Australia’s most respected garden authorities. 

In this workshop Tim provides practical knowledge on the tried and true garden varieties that are often overlooked but are the dependable foundation of good gardens. ‘What’s Old Is New’ has long been the catchcry of heirloom vegetable aficionados where the virtues of local, open pollinated and tasty vegetable varieties exemplify the adage. If we are going to the trouble of growing vegetables, why not seek out the very best and most interesting varieties and then ensure that they are grown in the best possible conditions?

The same is true for many of our ornamental garden  selections. In this workshop Tim shares the history of the seeds and cultivars that are available to gardeners and landscapers today and explores the lineage of the plant
hunters and seed savers of the past and their contribution to our modern gardens.


The conference will feature a wonderful book sale for attendees with some terrific prices!

Books written by our speakers will naturally be on sale with organised signing sessions. 

But there will also be many important books on gardens and design at special prices. For example, out of print books include: - TRANSFORMING UNCOMMON GROUND: The Gardens of Vladimir Sitta; GORDON FORD: The Natural Australian Garden and PASSION FOR PLACE: Gardens of the Blue Mountains.

Many other books have been heavily reduced in price.


The ALC Garden Tours program is progressing and for latest updates, check out our website. Tours are listed for South America, Greece, India and France. 

Warwick and Sue Forge recently participated in the Australian Garden History Society tour of Sicily with tour leaders Trisha Dixon and Philippa Torlonia.

It was an unforgettable tour including many amazing historic estates and families and we are now considering an ALC tour in conjunction with Trisha and Philippa. Watch this space!
Anyone interested in these wonderful tours should contact Warwick Forge for information and to be placed on the mailing list.


We don’t normally think of the beautiful Cloudehill, Olinda, garden in winter - but it certainly reveals the structure of the garden and of various shrubs and trees. And there’s a bonus right now with an exhibition of fascinating sculptures. It’s a treat! For an article on the exhibition, see  The Age, (Sat 25 July on P19 of spectrum) where she mentions that works by Ian Marr, Ted Secombe, Robert Barron, Antone Bruinsma, Graeme foote and Rudi Jass.. are all on show).

Free Guided Tour from our Major Sponsor Warners Nurseries


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.

CAD International

LANDWorksCAD is 100% Australian developed and supported software with a world-­‐wide user base. At this year’s conference, get a “Sneak Preview” of the brand new version for both Mac and PC.

Visitors will get a sneak peak at the new interface for the first time and be able to take advantage of a special offer being made only during the conference. Also, Apple users will be delighted to know LANDWorksCAD will be available natively on Mac for the first time.


Take a look at the Nursery & Garden Industry Australia 2015 Plant of the Year! Ozbreed’s hardy and ompact 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

The conference is convened by Bloomings Books Pty Ltd trading as Australian Landscape Conference. ABN 62 092 079 28

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