Dr Anne Vale

About Dr Anne Vale

Dr Anne Vale is an author, historian, lecturer and garden photographer. Anne is the author of award winning Exceptional Australian Garden Makers (2014). The sequel, Influential Australian Garden People, which follows the influences of the next generation, is due to be published late 2016. Anne records and assesses gardens with history through her consulting practice Heriscapes. She has written garden guides and histories on significant Australian heritage gardens including Dalvui, Mawarra, Wombat Park and Burnley. She has contributed articles to the online directory on Australian Women Leaders, the Australian Garden History Society journal, Historic Gardens Review journal and the Royal Historical Society Remembering Melbourne (due late 2016).

Does an Australian garden style exist?

Does an Australian garden style exist? In the post WW11 years some of our now most revered garden designers rebelled against imported garden design traditions and experimented with creating a nature based Australian style. Ellis Stones and Gordon Ford from Victoria and Jean and Betty Maloney from NSW created unique interpretations of an Australian Style garden replicating the Australian landscape by utilizing rocks, water and the Australian bush. Continue reading

Narmbool heritage garden restoration

The heritage garden at Narmbool, outside of Elaine in Victoria, was severely damaged by a significant bush fire just before Christmas 2015. When the Australian Garden History Society visited in 2012 we thoroughly enjoyed the English-style gardens surrounding the bluestone homestead, and it was hard to imagine more than half of the lovely old garden destroyed. Continue reading

Burnley’s Secret Garden Part 5: A garden for the 21st century

I have no doubt that Bogue Luffman would be fascinated with how garden making has evolved in the 21st century. He would not recognise the suburb of Burnley with its high rise apartments and clogged roads, roaring freeway, whining sirens and screeching tram brakes. However if he strolled around the Burnley garden he would no doubt enjoy the century of landscape styles and planting fashions on display. What would he think of his house replaced by a sunken garden? Continue reading

Burnley’s Secret Garden Part 4 – The Sunken Garden

If you have been following parts 1-3 of this tour of the Burnley Garden you will know that at the heart of the garden is the heritage landscape designed by Bogue Luffman. Wrapped around this central core there are numerous spaces showcasing almost every imaginable type of garden including herb, rose, perennial and cactus. There are also two courtyards, the Pear Tree Court and the Sunken Courtyard. Continue reading

Burnley’s Secret Botanic Garden Part 3

In the post WWII years the tradition of past students and lecturers supporting the development of the gardens at Burnley continued. Ellis Stones, Kath Deery, Robert Boyle and James Hitchmough all created unique landscapes with Australian plants around the outskirts of the heritage core. Continue reading

Burnley’s secret botanic garden (Part 2)

Charles Bogue Luffman was director at Burnley for ten years from 1897 to 1907; his garden design continues to be the heart of the garden well more than a century later. But the garden at Burnley is comprised of many layers both horticulturally and historically. The succession of directors, academics and garden designers has each added another story, another layer. Continue reading

A sleeping beauty: ‘The Grove’, Mawarra

Burnley graduate Edna Walling must have been over the moon when she won the landscape design and construction project for ‘The Grove’ at Mawarra in Sherbrook Victoria. A newly constructed Tudor style house, situated at the top of a steep block of land set amongst towering mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) would have captured her imagination entirely. Continue reading

Burnley’s Secret Botanic Garden: Part One

Since commencing my academic journey at The University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus in the year 2000 it has surprised me how few people know what a botanical wonderland there is hidden away on Yarra Boulevard in Richmond. Even when the school offered a multitude of classes for certificate, degree and post grad studies the gardens themselves remained a quiet oasis within a stone’s throw of noisy freeways and train lines. Continue reading

A Yarra Valley trip with garden history

In mid March members of the Australian Garden History Society enjoyed a lovely day out in the Yarra Valley. It was good to see countryside less drought stressed than it has been in previous years. Our trip included two gardens open to the public. The National Trust historic farm ‘Gulf Station’ is always a delight to visit and the dedicated volunteers gave us an excellent description of the pioneer history. ‘Alwyn Gardens’ was a perfect spot for lunch. Continue reading