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Urban Gardens: nature, culture, colonial aethetics

19 June 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

$15 – $20

Hear 2 talks at RBGV Cranbourne Gardens given by experts from Melbourne University’s School of Geography. 

1. Professor Lesley Head will talk about the suburban backyard and how it provides an important window onto urban human-environment relations. A study from 10 years ago showed that households adapt to sustainability challenges in largely unheralded ways, for example in their conservation of water. Shared attitudes and practices in relation to water contrasts with diversity and conflict around trees, lawns, native plants, and pets. I’ll speculate on how things might have changed since (or not).

2. Associate Professor Haripriya Rangan discusses the cottage garden as a style that emerged during the mid-19th century and became associated with a distinctive culture of gentility sought by an emerging middle-class in Britain. It became increasingly popular as British settlers moved to various parts of the British Empire in Africa, Asia and Australasia and brought with them ideas of how a home garden should look like. These ideas and their implicit cultural aspirations were also spurred by the expanded repertoire of plants obtained from around the world by European botanical prospectors. My talk will reflect on how these different factors came together to form the basis for a lucrative cottage garden industry.

Venue: Auditorium, RBGV, Cranbourne Gardens. Bookings essential by booking form on website.


19 June 2016
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
$15 – $20
Event Category:


Australia and NZ