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17 – 21 March, 2023

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Renowned for presenting cutting edge ideas about landscape design, the biennial Australian Landscape Conference transcends the everyday and focuses on the ideas and concepts behind the scenes that create outstanding landscapes.

In 2023, we focus on enhancing experiences and learning opportunities for the landscape design community and delve into the creativity of the planting specialist and landscape designers.

Many of the ideas presented at the ALC influence future designs and literature which contribute to shaping our landscapes, both private and public, over the coming years.

Australian Landscape Conference 2023:

Beyond the Boundaries

17 March 2023 – Garden Tours

  • Extraordinary Coastal Gardens*  OR
  • Outstanding City Gardens

18–19 March 2023 – Conference

20 March 2023 – Masterclass

  • Extraordinary Planting Schemes*

21 March 2023 – Masterclass (half day)

  • Woody Meadows for Australia

* Only available to conference registrants.

TicketEarly bird tickets close 10 December 2022
Australian Landscape Conference attendees

Registration

TicketEarly Bird $855
28 September – 10 December 2022
TicketStandard $960
11 December – 11 March 2023 (unless sold out)
TicketStudent $540
TicketEarly Career $680

Key Dates

Garden Tours – Offsite

Friday 17 March 2023  (OPTIONAL)

 

Extraordinary Gardens of Melbourne’s Coast – $290 inc GST

– OR –

Outstanding City Gardens – $250 inc GST

 

It’s one thing to talk about gardens, but there’s nothing better than experiencing them in person.

Join in the excitement and awe as you see outstanding gardens by leading Victorian landscape designers including Sam Cox, Fiona Brockhoff, Amanda Oliver, Myles Broad and Kate Seddon and the incredible Fytogreen Nursery.

There will be two tours to choose from including a tour of gardens in Melbourne from the tiny to the expansive and the other tour to see coastal gardens around Sorrento and Portsea.

The Outstanding City Gardens Tour is proudly sponsored by City of Melbourne.

City of Melbourne

Conference Days 1 & 2

Saturday 18 March 2023
Clock - white  8.45am – 6.30pm

Sunday 19 March 2023
Clock - white  9.00am – 4.00pm

 

Location whiteMelbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006

 

Please refer to the speaker information below.

Saturday includes Welcome Drinks in the evening.

Further information will be provided on this website as it becomes available. The final program will be issued in January 2023.

Masterclass Days 1 & 2 – Offsite

Monday 20 March 2023  (OPTIONAL)

Extraordinary Planting Schemes – $855 inc GST

This Masterclass provides an incredible opportunity to spend a day with some of the world’s most influential plantspeople including Fergus Garrett, a dazzling horticultural impresario from Great Dixter in the UK, Dan Hinkley, a US based legend of the horticultural world and Midori Shintani, an extraordinarily skilled horticulturist from the Tokachi Millennium Forest in Japan.

The effervescent Simon Rickard will be the Master of Ceremonies. The practical workshop will be held at Antique Perennials Nursery.

Inclusions: Travel from MCEC to workshop and return, morning/afternoon tea and lunch.

The Planting Design Masterclass is proudly sponsored by Antique Perennials.

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Tuesday 21 March 2023  (OPTIONAL – HALF DAY)

Woody Meadows for Australia – $260 inc GST

With Assoc Prof. John Rayner and Dr Claire Farrel.

Naturalistic and Indigenous planting schemes are becoming increasingly sought after as a response to our environmental and climatic conditions. In this half day workshop, participants will visit woody meadow sites within Melbourne, created by John, Claire and their team before heading to the classroom at Burnley to learn about how it’s all done.

Inclusions: Travel from MCEC to demonstration sites and return, morning tea and lunch.

Venue Details

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

ALC MCEC

Conference Speakers

Teresa Moller
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Teresa Moller

Landscape Architect – Chile

Ask anyone in landscape design to name an exciting and original designer from South America, and Teresa Moller (Chile) is sure to be at or near the top of the list. Ahead of her time, for the past 35 years Moller has created landscape designs which are uniquely in sympathy with the natural landscape — the very definition of ‘light touch’. But as we will discover, such sensitivity to site paradoxically demands exceptionally strong spatial skills and a powerful imagination.

More about Teresa Moller…

Claude Cormier
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Claude Cormier

Canada

Claude Cormier has been creating exciting conceptualist landscapes in his native Canada and elsewhere for several decades. His joyful vision of landscape understands it to be a part of human culture, not merely a simulacrum of — or ‘tribute-act’ to — nature. Colour, light, humanity and a sense of humour are all watchwords in the Cormier style. In his creative process, he always brings history with the projects, never as mere copy and without nostalgia, he works with optimism and often uses humour to negotiate his way through.

More about Claude Cormier…

Fergus Garrett
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Fergus Garrett

Great Dixter – UK

Fergus Garrett (UK), a dazzling horticultural impressario who is the presiding spirit at one of the cult garden destinations of the world: Great Dixter in southern England. Garrett’s minutely detailed, tactical approach to the aesthetics of plantsmanship results in a level of horticultural sophistication which is arguably unrivalled globally.

More about Fergus Garrett…

Luciano Giubbilei
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Luciano Giubbilei

Italy and UK

Born in Siena (Italy) but now based in England, Luciano Giubbilei initially established himself as a designer of some of the world’s most elegant urban gardens. More recently he has developed his design style decisively by absorbing and mastering the tenets of plantsmanship which are integral to the gardening traditions of his adopted home in Britain. The result is a sensibility which combines acute spatial awareness with beautiful naturalistic horticulture, poised at the leading edge of aesthetic thinking in gardens.

More about Luciano Giubbilei…

Daniel Hinkley
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Daniel Hinkley

American plantsman – Windcliff and Heronswood Nursery, USA

The term ‘legend’ is overused, but Daniel Hinkley (USA) perhaps comes close to such status. The plant hunter, sometime nurseryman and horticultural taste-maker has built up a devoted international following over the decades, having run the Heronswood nursery and botanical gardens, and then making his own noted garden at Windcliff. Every time Hinkley speaks in public, it is ‘an event’.

More about Daniel Hinkley…

Andrew Campbell
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Prof. Andrew Campbell

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Andrew Campbell is the Chief Executive of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and has held influential roles in sustainable agriculture and research management in Australia for over thirty years.  This included being Australia’s first National Landcare Facilitator, and was CEO of Land & Water Australia for seven years from 2000.  He is Patron of Landcare in Victoria, succeeding the late Joan Kirner in 2015.

Andrew Campbell has written widely on landcare, sustainability and the science-policy interface.  He trained in forestry at the University of Melbourne, then in agricultural knowledge systems at Wageningen University in The Netherlands.

More about Prof. Andrew Campbell…

Julian Raxworthy
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Assoc. Prof. Julian Raxworthy

University of Canberra – Australia

Dr. Julian Raxworthy is Associate Professor and Discipline Lead: Landscape Architecture at the University of Canberra, and practicing as Principal Landscape Architect with Free Ranging Landscape Architects, his own practice since 2008.

Julian strongly contributes to the development of landscape architecture Australia through his publications, The MESH Book: Landscape & Infrastructure, (2004) Sunburnt: Landscape Architecture in Australia, (2011) which he co-authored and in his most recent book is Overgrown: practices between landscape architecture and gardening, which was published in 2018.

More about Dr. Julian Raxworthy…

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Georgina Reid

Wonderground

Georgina Reid is a writer, gardener and founding editor of Wonderground print journal and online magazine. Her work has been published in magazines and books internationally. Her first book The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Plants was released in Australia by Thames and Hudson in 2018 and in the USA by Timber Press in 2019. Georgina is passionate about telling meaningful stories that connect people, plants and places.

More about Georgina Reid…

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Midori Shintani

Tokachi Millennium Forest – Hokkaido, Japan

The Tokachi Millennium Forest on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido is one of the most important and interesting new gardens of recent decades. Midori Shintani is an extraordinarily skilled horticulturist who has been involved in the initiative since the beginning, and remains its creative force. She will bring us new and stimulating perspectives on plants and how to use them.

More about Midori Shintani…

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Prof. Kongjian Yu

Principle – Turenscape, China

Professor Kongjian Yu of Peking University founded and directs Turenscape, one of the world’s most successful and prolific landscape companies. Given the scope and scale of his practice, he is arguably the most influential landscape designer currently practising anywhere. Prof Yu’s work is strikingly contemporary yet incorporates motifs from traditional Chinese design, horticulture and agriculture. Often working on a massive scale, his innovative approach embraces planning at city scale as well as landscape design, decisively influencing the look of more than 200 Chinese cities.

More about Prof. Kongjian Yu…

Rob Adams
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Prof. Rob Adams

City Architect – City of Melbourne

Since joining the City of Melbourne in 1985, Rob Adams, through his role, has helped write and implement the rejuvenation strategy for central Melbourne. This resulted in Melbourne being voted, by the Economist Magazine, the world’s most liveable city on seven occasions. He received the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year in 2008, the Order of Australia in 2007, and the Australian Institute of Architect’s National President’s Award in 2018, and the CoM City Design team which he led have received over 160 international, state and local awards. Rob has an international profile and has represented Australia on the Future of Cities Council of the World Economic Forum since 2008. Since November 2020 he has fulfilled an advisor and mentoring role as the City Architect while also setting up his own practice Adams Urban.

More about Prof. Rob Adams…

Alison Page
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Alison Page

Zakpage – Australia

Alison Page is a Walbanga and Wadi Wadi woman. She is an award-winning designer and fi lm producer whose career links Indigenous stories and traditional knowledge with contemporary design. She appeared for eight years as a regular panellist on the ABC television show The New Inventors, and in 2015 was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia’s Hall of Fame. She is an Associate Dean at the School of Design, Architecture and Building (University of Technology Sydney) and the founder
of the National Aboriginal Design Agency.

More about Alison Page…

Masterclass Speakers

Masterclass Speakers 2023

Planting Schemes Masterclass

Monday 20 March 2023 – Full Day – $855 inc GST

This Masterclass provides an incredible opportunity to spend a day with some of the world’s most influential plantspeople including Fergus Garrett, a dazzling horticultural impresario from Great Dixter in the UK, Dan Hinkley, a US based legend of the horticultural world and Midori Shintani, an extraordinarily skilled horticulturist from the Tokachi Millennium Forest in Japan.

The effervescent Simon Rickard will be the Master of Ceremonies. The practical workshop will be held at Antique Perennials Nursery.

Woody Meadows Masterclass

Tuesday 21 March 2023 – Half Day – $260 inc GST

With Assoc Prof. John Rayner and Dr Claire Farrel.

Naturalistic and Indigenous planting schemes are becoming increasingly sought after as a response to our environmental and climatic conditions. In this half day workshop, participants will visit woody meadow sites within Melbourne, created by John, Claire and their team before heading to the classroom at Burnley to learn about how it’s all done.

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Future Designers – Help Them Be At The Event

Student and early career professionals grant.

Give a person new to the industry a head start. Sow a seed and invest in the next generations of professionals. Your sponsorship will be allocated to eligible full time students and early career professionals in landscape architecture, architecture, garden design, horticulture or an associated industry.

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Make your business a part of the landscape community and encourage emerging talent by sponsoring an event or a young entrant to the industry.

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Volunteers

We would like to thank all of you who have kindly volunteered to help with the Australian Landscape Conference 2023.

We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of those wishing to play an important part in this wonderful event. Thank you!

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