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An international conference with the world’s finest landscape and garden designers

Melbourne, 19 – 22 March 2021

Due to government and other restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, and for the safety of all participants, the 2020 conference has been postponed until March 2021.  Registration for the 2021 conference will re-open on the 30th November 2020.  Thankyou for your understanding during this difficult time.

Since it began in 2002 the biennial Australian Landscape Conference has operated at the cutting edge of international landscape and garden design.  Perhaps the most important word is ‘international’, because very few conferences worldwide have consistently presented such a genuinely global digest of contemporary work and thought.  The conference consistently strives to seek out the most interesting work in every continent and culture, taking the audience out of what may be described as the ‘comfort zone’ of gardens made in the Anglo-sphere.


Conference Speakers 2021

Bruce Pascoe Aboriginal Bruce Pascoe challenges the myth of the primitive, nomadic hunter-gatherer.  Dark Emu Bruce PascoeHe claims that the world’s first farmers may have been Aboriginal, and they farmed crops and grazed animals in harmony with the natural systems.  His book, ‘Dark Emu’, is a complete revelation, and we must no longer view our landscapes solely through European eyes.
Charles Massy Charles Massy (Aust) was struck by desertification processes throughout history and by his own drought-stricken farm in 1979-83.  So, he devoted his life to understanding how European and industrial agriculture has wrought such havoc.  His soil biology research includes dramatic results internationally and provides exciting hope for achieving nutrient rich properties through regenerative farming.
Claudia West Lively and passionate, Claudia West is a vital voice in ecological planting design.
…We harness biodiverse plant systems to create resilient, emotionally-resonant landscapes. … that are functional, beautiful, and diverse.  Our projects span many scales and sectors … green roofs, green infrastructure, urban plazas, rural estates, campuses to small gardens.
Claudia left Germany through her love for USA native plants.
Fiona Brockhoff Fiona Brockhoff may be Australia’s most successful designer for achieving an Australian sense of place with elements and plants which are sometimes native, sometimes not, but somehow, always feel Australian, like her own garden, with its topiary Casuarina’s and skillful use of natural materials.
It works and it’s brilliant!
James Hitchmough James Hitchmough’s (UK) principal interest has been the ecology, design and management of attractive, sustainable and traditional herbaceous plantings.  He is a world leader, with international experience, including restoration of Australian native grasslands.  He is now part of a $1 billion Melbourne greening project.
Midori Shintani Midori Shintani (Japan), Head Gardener at Hokkaido’s huge Tokachi Millennium Forest where she worked with Dan Pearson and others.  Her passion for the Forest is deeply rooted in Japanese animistic and spiritual bases which reinforce the beautiful and sacred nature of the plants and landscapes.  Her insights into ecological and management issues are deeply moving.
Paul Bangay Paul Bangay’s (Aust) timeless, elegant, formal gardens are legendary.  But his artistic flair continues to emerge and evolve based upon his experience, European training and scientific background. Recent experimentation is now allowing this garden artist to more fully emerge.
Philip Cox Philip Cox, AO acclaimed Australian architect says … As the world becomes more global, maintaining indigenous Australian landscapes and gardens becomes important.  His book, ‘An Australian Garden : Reimagining a Native Landscape’ … captures the vision of an Australian garden resting in a wild landscape.
Ross Palmer Ross Palmer, an exciting New Zealander formerly based in Phuket is eclectic, unpredictable, exciting and pares down plant ranges seeking patterns for his gardens.  He has …designed everything from roof gardens in New York to a 60-ha market garden on Cape Cod and an eco-school near Mumbai…
Tim Richardson Tim Richardson (UK) is a brilliant writer, poet, historian and critic specialising in gardens and art.  Internationally recognised as a leading authority on landscape design and history, his knowledge of designers is unsurpassed.  His reflections on gardens and designers are surprising, arresting and entertaining.
Trisha Dixon Trisha Dixon (Aust) photographs, writes, reads and leads garden tours to gardens worldwide.  She has a dozen books to her name and embraces gardens that respond to their climate, are quirky and reflect the owners’ passions and follies.  She will lead two ‘In Conversations’ at the conference.
Ulf Nordfjell Ulf Nordfjell (Sweden) an award-winning contemporary landscape architect and biologist works with city development in various climate zones and private gardens in Sweden and southern France.  Ulf is known for some beautiful work in his ‘romantic minimalistic’ style, his focus on sustainable plants and highly disciplined maintenance support.


Light on Landscape is proud to be the major sponsor of the Australian Landscape Conference 2021.

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