This month’s Australian Garden History Society event will feature Stuart Read who will lead a guided walking tour through the former Lidcombe Hospital Heritage Precinct and the Auburn Botanic Gardens on Sunday 23 September.

Come along and walk the village green circuit of the Former Lidcombe Hospital and consider its adaptive reuse as a residential village. Set along a ridge, its early landscape planning of parklands and avenues, 1880s buildings by Government Architect James Barnet, wards by Government Architect W.L. Vernon (1890s-1910s) and old trees and large-scale landscape setting are of note.

Auburn Botanic Gardens is a locally listed heritage item, on Duck River. Our focus is its Japanese Garden. Learn about the garden’s original concepts, its making and proposed changes. Afterwards, you may wish to wander the 9.2 ha of the wider grounds (closes 5pm).

Our leader is Stuart Read, past AGHS chair and popular speaker. Stuart has over 28 years’ experience in private and government sector horticulture, planning and
management of landscape, parks, urban design and heritage. He has a special interest in Chinese and Japanese gardens and is excited to share this with us.

When: Sunday 23 September, 2.00-4.30pm
Where: Meet at corner of Copeland Street and Brooks Circuit, Lidcombe
Cost: Members $20, guests $30, students $5, includes light refreshments. Bookings essential.
Contact: David Low 0407 464 876 or 02 9943 1456 or aghssydney@gmail.com

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