VENUE: The Robert Clark Horticultural Centre, Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Lake Wendouree
TICKETS $70 per adult (‘Friends $65) : Includes delicious Peter Ford prepared lunch with wine
Natasha Morgan is a landscape architect by profession. For a decade she worked on some of Australia’s significant landscape architecture and urban design projects - most notably several years spent on the design and construction of The Australian Garden Stage 2, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. Taking two years out to join the ‘the school of life’, Natasha indulged in that rare opportunity to focus on the things she loved most. This included working with some of Melbourne's most sought after florists and event designers, building on her love for creating special spaces and experiences. A tree change with a purpose in 2014, from urban Melbourne to rural Spargo Creek, near Daylesford with her young family, Natasha set upon designing and building a ‘productive’ focussed garden on their 5-acre property lovingly named Oak and Monkey Puzzle. This evolving hub for landscape architecture, garden design, artisans and craftspeople engenders a warm sense of real community, fosters collaborative connections, cultivates creativity and provides a place for meeting of the minds.
Steven Wells is a nurse, horticultural therapist, gardener and garden designer. His passion is connecting people with plants for their health and wellbeing and he has successfully blended this passion and his careers to positively impact the lives of those within healthcare settings. Steven was awarded the ABC Gardening Australia ‘Gardener of the Year’ 2012 and more recently has travelled to Singapore, UK and USA receiving a Churchill fellowship to research the development, use and management of therapeutic gardens within healthcare settings.
Andrew Laidlaw is an award winning and one of Australia’s leading Landscape Architects and Designers with Laidlaw & Laidlaw & Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Andrew’s lifelong passion is to not only work with nature but to help others learn, enjoy and find their own connection with the natural world. Involved in numerous projects around Australia as well as the Global Gardens of Peace project with Moira Kelly, Andrew has been instrumental in the Fernery Redevelopment project here in our Ballarat Botanical Gardens.