HeritageTalks: Teaching Gardens of Auckland with John Adams


Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland City Centre

Whare Wānanga, L2

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Wednesday 8 March 2023




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Image: Labelling a newly planted area in the Auckland Domain. Source: The Auckland Star, 28 July 1931, page 9. Auckland Libraries.

The Teaching Gardens – vegetables, herbs, trees and shrubs of Auckland and beyond: A personal history with John Adams, Endangered Gardens

A personal history with John Adams, Endangered Gardens.
A century ago, on 26 May 1923, the foundation stone was laid for the Oamaru stone University Clocktower, a design by Lippincott and Billson that incorporated a new scientific teaching garden supervised by university botanist Thomas Lancaster and his garden staff.
Why was this garden significant, and what were the predecessor and successor teaching gardens (such as mid-century organic/compost-based gardens) that drew students and teachers from around the province?

About the speaker:
John Adam graduated with Diplomas in Horticulture and Parks and Recreation from Lincoln College in the 1970s, having served an apprenticeship in Horticulture and Gardening at Masterton. John has worked for the University of Auckland for forty years as a Horticulturalist and Garden Historian. He began research on the Old Government House and Clocktower gardens and has also researched Albert Park, Auckland Domain, and Epsom Teachers College Campus. He has been a landscape historian since 1998 and specialises in Endangered Gardens.

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