Tuesday Talk

The Bush-House Shady Paradise Retreat Tuesday Talk by Dr Jean Sim

The Bush-House Shady Paradise Retreat Tuesday Talk by Dr Jean Sim

The Bush-House Shady Paradise Retreat Tuesday Talk by Dr Jean SimJoin us for a special insight as Jeannie takes us on a journey of our favourite garden structure the ‘umbraculo‘ and see lost treasures in our gardens.

Bush-houses have been created since the 1870s in Australia, especially in Queensland. These structures provide protection for shade-loving plants in warm climates that replicate the natural growing understorey conditions of rainforests and woodlands.

This talk will show some of the lost treasures from Queensland, Victoria and a few surprises from San Diego, California and Barcelona, Spain. Perhaps we will be using the term Umbraculo instead of Fernery or Bush-house in the future!

Philip MacMahon's Fernery (1890s)
Philip MacMahon’s Fernery (1890s)
Presented by Dr Jean Sim, senior lecturer Landscape Architecture QUT

Date: April 3rd, 2018
Start Time: 6.30pm supper, tea and coffee for 7pm start.
Venue: Auditorium at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.
Cost: $5.00 donation to the gardens projects of The Friends.

The Presenter

The Presenter Dr Jean Sim Dr Jean Sim As a Garden Historian, Jeannie has been researching Queensland and Tropicalian design since the 1990s.
Recently retired from full-time academia at QUT as a Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Jeannie headed the team that set up the new history interpretation website for fBBGSA www.brisbanebotanictreasures.info in 2017.
After leaving QUT, Jeannie set up a consultancy practice, providing advice about the conservation and protection of historic designed landscapes. Long-time clients include the Queensland Government (Works Department) concerning Government House, Paddington and Brisbane City Council for the City Botanic Gardens.
Further publications on garden history in Queensland are planned for the future, if she just stays away from the gardening and crafting.


Presented by Annette Irish,
Fellow Australian Institute of  Horticulture, 2000
Registered Horticulturist

Join us for a special insight as Annette takes us on a journey of Asian Botanic Gardens and the communities that support them.

Asia is home to many outstanding botanical, research and large private gardens. Travel throughout a variety of gardens in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Sabah and Indonesia, along the way, learn how the gardens work with communities to support the garden programmes and activities and engage people with plants.
Horticulturally, the garden ‘tour’ will also highlight a number of gardening traditions that date back many thousands of years.


Annette Irish RH FAIH

The Presenter

Annette Irish FAIH is a passionate advocate for the horticulture industry in Australia and the Asian region and was the first Australian advisor to the Singapore government on all matters of horticultural training for their industry specialists.
Annette took the opportunity during the last 12 years to travel extensively researching tropical horticulture in Asia and enjoying the cultures of Asia. She has been a leader in the industry for over four decades and has researched and written many training programmes for the advancement of horticultural knowledge and skills.

Date: February 6th, 2018
Start Time 6.30pm supper, tea, and coffee for 7 pm start.
Venue: Auditorium at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.
Cost. Gold Coin Donation.