Centenary Chat. Victoria Jones - ‘The History and Design of the Old Parliament House Gardens’

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Planning for the establishment of the Old Parliament House Gardens began in the late 1920s when Federal Parliament moved to Canberra from Melbourne.  The gardens, which have a rich and important history and presence in the Parliamentary Triangle, were renovated and re-opened to the public in 2004.  They serve several purposes: their design is historically significant, they show off the rose in its many forms and provide an oasis of colour and peacefulness within this part of Canberra.  This talk will focus on the history and design of the gardens.

Victoria Jones has been a horticultural volunteer in the Old Parliament House Gardens since 2005.  She works in the Rex Hazelwood Garden along with the team of volunteers who work there on a weekly basis.  Victoria has gathered information from a range of historical and contemporary sources, which make up the content of the presentation.