In 1884 the Daylesford Borough Council commissioned the eminent nursery men and  landscape designers, William Taylor and William Sangster, to lay out the Public Gardens.

The Friends of Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens celebrate their contribution to the Gardens with an occasional lecture series in their name.

The 2022 Taylor and Sangster Lecture will be held on Friday, June 17 at 7:30 pm in the Stanbridge Hall, Christ Church, 54 Central Springs Road. The guest speakers will be Ashley Sheldrick and Annette Warner.

Ashley Sheldrick and Annette Warner are landscape architects from GbLA who are designing the refurbished and restored Day Basin and Tower forecourt at Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. They will speak about the project that they have been working on for the past two years. They bring their personal, and significant professional interest in botanic gardens to this project and a new exciting chapter at Wombat Hill.

Ashley Sheldrick is a Director at GbLA. He is a registered landscape architect and environmental planner with 25 years experience working in local government and private practice in Melbourne, Sydney and the USA. Ashley is skilled in open space and recreational planning and design, particularly involving spaces of heritage or ecological significance, and is experienced in community consultation and the preparation of management plans. Ashley’s experience includes Castle Hill Heritage Park, The University of Melbourne Parkville Campus Master Plan including Conservation Management Plan for the System Garden and South Lawn, Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and now Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens.

Annette Warner is an Associate at GbLA. She is a registered landscape architect and has had more than 20 years experience working on a diverse range of large and small-scale projects in the public and private sectors, including academic teaching and research in Australia. Her PhD investigates the relationship between the archive and the garden. Annette’s expertise includes designing in landscapes with heritage and archaeological sensitivities. Annette has worked in multi-disciplinary firms and in her own design practice consulting to other landscape architects. Annette’s experience includes a number of large public gardens including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Malmsbury Botanic Gardens, Burnley Gardens, Victorian Parliament House Gardens and now Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens.

All are welcome to this free event. Bring a plate to share and a beverage to drink. Glasses, tea and coffee will be provided.

Please indicate your intention to attend by 6th June to