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Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Christine Reid

Christine has a wide-ranging background in newspapers and magazines working in Australia, Canada and the UK. For the past 20 years her principal interest has been the social and cultural history of gardens and designed landscapes. Her extensive writings on gardens appear in major lifestyle magazines in both Australia and the UK. She has also been writer and consulting editor for many international garden books, including The Oxford Companion to the Garden ( Oxford University Press, 2006)  and The Gardeners’ Garden ( Phaidon, 2014).

Her published work has involved extensive travel within Australia, North America and Europe. Her recent book, Gardens on the Edge, (Murdoch Books PL, 2018) which features 18 stunning Australian gardens,  showcased visits to all states and to remote corners of the continent.

International travels are not restricted entirely to garden visits, although she memorably has toured with Penelope Hobhouse looking at Mughal gardens in northern India and exploring Italian gardens with Dr James Broadbent. Away from gardens, particular enthusiasms include visits to distant archeological sites such as Skara Brae in the Orkneys and Palmyra in Syria. Other off-beat travel adventures include trekking in the Indian Himalayas, camping in the national parks of the United States and in 2019 she travelled the Silk Road through Uzbekistan.

At home, hands-on gardening is an essential occupation. For the past ten years, she has created, from scratch, a cool-climate garden in Central Victoria, learning about hoar frosts for the first time and rejoicing in growing tulips.