Josine McEwan Memorial Lecture

Simon Rickard

Dinner with Simon Rickard

Annual fundraising dinner and lecture for Buda Historic Home & Garden.
Guest speaker Simon Rickard
Former head gardener at the Diggers Club at Heronswood and the Garden of St Erth.

Speaking on "Design and Plants for the Future", Simon will share some observations about the state of garden and plant design in Australia - what’s holding us back, and where we might go in the future. 

Simon is a passionate gardener and plantsman. He was head gardener at the Diggers Club until 2009, overseeing the magnificent gardens at Heronswood and the Garden of St Erth. Simon worked as a market gardener until 2012, growing bespoke produce for Annie Smithers’ Bistrot in Kyneton.

These days Simon runs his own garden consultancy and coaching business. He leads garden tours for Botanica World Discoveries and delivers lectures and workshops for, amongst others, the Australian Landscape Conference and Burnley College’s perennially popular Discovering Horticulture course. Simon has written two books, The New Ornamental Garden (2011) and Heirloom Vegetables - a guide to their history and varieties (2014), with more on the way soon.

 Somehow, Simon finds time to lead a parallel life as a musician, playing principal baroque bassoon for Pinchgut Opera.


Dinner with Simon Rickard
Saturday 14th October 2017 at 6.30pm
Venue: Buda Garden Room
Cost: $80 pp or $70 Friends of Buda
Includes delicious 2 course dinner by Lela Rudinica

Bookings essential - Click here to purchase tickets to Dinner with Simon Rickard Sat 14th October

Tel: 03 5472 1032
Address: 42 Hunter St Castlemaine

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History of the Josine McEwan Memorial Lecture

The late Josine McEwan was a volunteer in the garden at Buda Historic Home & Garden in Castlemaine.  Knowing how important Buda is to the region and wanting it to remain open for future generations to enjoy, Josine left a generous bequest to Buda when she passed away in 2006.

Josine was a Landscape architect who worked under the name ‘Trio Design’ and achieved her qualifications as a mature student studying at RMIT. She began her first career as an art teacher and deciding this was not for her, she saved money by working on the Bass Strait oil rigs in order to finance her architectural study.

Once qualified, Josine bought a house in Maryborough to establish her architectural practice in order to be centrally located and only moved to Castlemaine when she became ill in order to be near to her caring friends.

Since 2007 a lecture and fundraising dinner has been conducted in Josine’s memory.

Past Speakers

2016  Kevin Walsh 'Horticulture in Melbourne’s Cemeteries'

2015  Josh Byrne ‘Rethinking our suburbs – Growing our communities’ 

2014  Ken Scarlett OAM, Curator & writer on Australian sculpture ‘A Recent Phenomena: Six Sculpture Parks on the Mornington Peninsula’

2013  Professor Timothy Entwisle - Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Garden Melbourne   'A Year or Two at Kew'

2012  Dianne Thompson - Grounds Curator, Buda Historic Home & Garde  'Let’s Talk about the Hedge'

2011  Richard Barley 'Open Gardens – Sharing our knowledge, creations and pleasures with the community'

2010  Annette Zealley - Director of the Geelong Gardens

2009  Greg Moore - The importance of Trees and Open Spaces during a period of Climate change

2008  John Arnott - Creating Three Gardens: Geelong, Casey and Cranbourne

2007  Helen Paige - Journeys

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