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Botanical: New Perspectives on Garden History


Saturday, 29 October 2016 - 1pm to 2pm


  • General Admission: $35.00
  • Concession: $30.00
  • State Library Friends Member: $25.00
  • Museum of Sydney Member: $25.00

Price includes fees.


Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor

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Botanical; New Perspectives on Garden History (Session 2)

With Richard Aitken

Step behind the scenes to share the curator’s challenges and rewards as we dissect the exhibition ‘Planting Dreams: shaping Australian gardens’. How does the curator interrogate a collection as large and rich as the State Library of NSW? What themes emerge as we assess possible exhibits on the specific topic of gardens and garden making? What factors require consideration in presenting an exhibition that must marry demands of a traditional informed audience with new opportunities to attract a wide general audience with lively and accessible scholarship?



Head shot of Richard Aitken
Richard Aitken is recognised nationally and internationally for his expertise in the field of garden history. He has been long a long-time editor of Australian Garden History, the quarterly journal of the Australian Garden Historical Society, and his books include The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens (2002), Gardenesque (2004), Botanical Riches (2006), Seeds of Change (2006), The Garden of Ideas (2010), and Cultivating Modernism (2013). Richard has undertaken numerous conservation plans for significant historic gardens throughout Australia. He has curated several major exhibitions for Australia's leading collecting institutions.


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