Real World Gardener Why Have Historic Gardens

March 29th, 2015

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with Curator Rouse Hill Historic House, Scott Hill


Rouse Hill Historic Home photo Louise Brooks

There’s no doubt that England, and quite a few countries in the European Union have very old historic gardens compared to Australian historic gardens.

Even so, Australia does have some important gardens that are in need of restoration or reconstruction to bring them back to their original condition.

Gardens are part of our history and give us a window into the past, and once lost are impossible to replace.

People tend to think of heritage gardens as being old, but they can be anything from a couple of decades old to centuries old.

Heritage value also doesn't rely on the person that lived there.

Some styles have heritage values, such as "gardenesque" which was from the 1830's to the end of the 19th century. "Gardenesque" embodied a particular planting style and sought to bring out botanic values of plants.

Let’s find out more about why have historic gardens and the issued in looking after them.

Historic garden restoration and maintenance is an important issue worldwide.


Rouse Hill Historic House photo Louise Brooks

The restoration of heritage gardens whether they be community or private gardens, can be looked at as cultural or community assets.

Some need to be restored and all require maintenance in a sensitive way that reflects their historical significance.

Inside these historic gardens there can exist trees of a great age, old-fashioned plants, rare specimens, paths, edging and seating.

If you have any questions about historic gardens or have a photo of a historic garden you want to share, send it in to or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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