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Exhibition: Exploring the Beauty of Gardens and Landscapes: Then & Now

The Berrima District Museum is thrilled to present “Gardens and Landscapes of the Southern Highlands: Then & Now”. A captivating exhibition that delves into the Southern Highlands horticultural journey.
In collaboration with the Southern Highlands Branch of the Australian Garden History Society, the museum presents an engaging and immersive experience within the Williams Gallery. Prepare to be enchanted as you journey through time, spanning nearly 200 years of both historical and contemporary gardens and landscapes.
This innovative exhibition is brought to life through ten mesmerizing digital screen displays. Each screen is dedicated to a unique theme that highlights the region’s verdant past and present. As you explore these themes, you will find yourself captivated by the intricate stories that weave the fabric of the Southern Highlands’ distinctive character.

Journeying through Time: Themes Unveiled
Early Photos of Bundanoon Gullies: Step back in time as you witness the transformation of Bundanoon Gullies through vintage photographs. Discover how these once-wild spaces have evolved into the manicured landscapes we cherish today.
Botanical Drawings of Louisa Atkinson: Marvel at the artistic prowess of Louisa Atkinson as her botanical drawings bring to life the native flora that has thrived in the Southern Highlands for generations.
Hordern Gardens of Bowral: Explore the legacy of the Hordern family and their contribution to Bowral’s garden heritage. Trace the evolution of these gardens from their inception to their modern splendor.
Tulip Time and Beyond: Immerse yourself in the vibrant colours and fragrant blooms of Tulip Time, a celebration of spring that has enchanted visitors for years. Explore how this tradition has evolved while retaining its timeless charm.
Local Gardens in Highlife Magazine: Delve into the pages of Highlife magazine to discover the hidden gems of local gardens that have graced its glossy covers over the years. Gain insights into the creativity and dedication behind these horticultural masterpieces.

Sowing the Seeds of Creativity: The Influence of Climate
The cool climate of the Southern Highlands has nurtured the imagination of garden enthusiasts across generations. It’s this very climate that has inspired the creation of the splendid gardens and landscapes that now define the region’s identity. From Victorian estates to modern marvels, every garden tells a unique story of adaptation and innovation.

A Glimpse Through the Lens: Tony Sheffield’s Photographic Artistry
As you traverse the exhibition, you’ll be treated to the captivating imagery of local photographer Tony Sheffield. His lens has beautifully captured the essence of the Southern Highlands gardens featured in Highlife magazine. Explore gardens such as 5th Chapter, Carisbrooke, Highdown, Chinoiserie, Jean Flora, Frensham/Sturt, Morton Views, Murray’s Glen, Suncrest & Watershed, Red Cow Farm, The Secret Garden, and Upper Woodlands through Tony’s expert eye.

Plan Your Visit
If you’re ready to immerse yourself in the exquisite world of “Gardens and Landscapes of the Southern Highlands: Then & Now,” mark your calendar for this unmissable exhibition. The Williams Gallery is now open to welcome both locals and tourists alike, offering a remarkable journey through time and nature.
As you explore Berrima and its surrounding beauty, make sure to carve out some time for this digital exhibition. It’s an opportunity to gain a newfound appreciation for the history, creativity, and passion that have shaped the Southern Highlands’ lush gardens and breathtaking landscapes. So come, indulge your senses, and embark on a horticultural adventure that spans centuries.

For more information visit: Berrima District Historical Society

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