Barbara Wintringham

About Barbara Wintringham

Barbara Wintringham was born in England and came to Brisbane in 1953 to live with family and find work. She fell in love with the city and stayed. She worked for a significant time at the ABC and witnessed the introduction of television. In retirement, Barbara became a volunteer guide at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. These special gardens became a second home and for 25 years she shared her love of plants, gardens and nature with visitors. Barbara only stopped guiding in 2016. These days the occasional walk there with a friend, when weather and health allow, is a joy. She loves reading and books so makes good use of Brisbane City Libraries especially the Mt Coot-tha Library which is a great source of botanical and historical reference. Writing about plants and gardens has always been a pleasure and Barbara hopes to continue this enjoyable hobby for some time to come.

Music making trees

One of my very favourite records is a 1965 recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor played by Jacqueline du Pre with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli, himself a cellist.  This is regarded by many people to be the benchmark performance of this much-loved work.  The fact that this concerto is played so beautifully on an instrument crafted from wood only occurred to me when Ray Steward OAM took us on his excellent tree walk in the Australian Plant Communities on 23rd July 2013.

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Virginia Woolf’s Garden – a book review

Caroline Zoob and her husband, Jonathan, rented Monk’s House, Rodmell near Lewes, East Sussex, from the National Trust for 10 years.  This had been the home of Virginia Woolf and her husband, Leonard.  They bought it in 1919 and took to the garden with passion.  With Virginia’s help Leonard turned an ordinary cottage garden into something special.

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