Tuesday Talk with Dr Jean Sim

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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.