Dr Anna Howe ‘Pepper Trees grow in the Old School Yard’

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Thursday, 27 July 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Pepper tree opposite Old Canberra House, ANU
Pepper tree opposite Old Canberra House, ANU

Anna will look at how pepper trees came to be planted in many school yards across Australia, and other sites such as country police stations, many rural gardens of note, Avenues of Honour, and the ANU.  What is the future of these old trees and what of the next generation? 

Dr Anna Howe’s BA and MA were in urban geography, and her PhD at Monash was a geographical analysis of systems of aged care in Melbourne which took her into a career in research and policy work in ageing and aged care.  Anna retired about 10 years ago and moved back to Canberra around that time. Anna lived here in 1975 when she worked in the Department of Urban and Regional Development, and again from 1989-93 when she was head of the Office for the Aged in the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. Anna is finding many avenues for exploration of trees, parks and gardens through the National Trust, the Australian Garden History Society and the Arboretum as well as the ANBG Friends.

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Lunchtime talks are held at 12.30 pm every Thursday from February to November.  Talks last for 1 hour.  We welcome donations by gold coins, notes, or electronically. The Friends use donations received at each talk to support Gardens’ programs and development and thank all those who have donated.  Please note: unless otherwise indicated, talks are in the ANBG Theatrette.

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