Tuesday, 17 March 2009

RHSV Lunchtime Lecture - First plantings in the Garden State

Speaker: Valda Cole
Date: Thursday 26 March 2009
Place: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Time: Coffee / tea 12.30; Lecture 1.00pm
Cost: members free; non-members $5.50

This year marks the arrival of Edward Henty in Victoria in 1834 and the continuity of 175 years of agricultural pursuits with his plantings of fruit trees and vegetable seeds for sustenance. By following the paths of exploration this talk will look at the simple work of tilling and planting by early explorers and settlers. When gazing over Melbourne's skyline today we are reminded that botanists, horticulturalists and nurserymen shaped much of its beauty. Many of those people, known simply as gardeners brought accomplishments to the new settlement that had been gained in their homelands.

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