We acknowledge the traditional owners and sovereign custodians of the land on which Collingwood Yards is situated, the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group. We extend our respect to their Ancestors and all First Peoples and Elders past, present, and future.

Bookshop by Uro
Designing an Australian garden: Fiona Brockhoff and Kate Cullity in conversation

24 May 6pm
NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair program
Accessible Toilet
Quiet Space
Relaxed Event
Wheelchair Accessible

‘With Nature: Garden Design By Fiona Brockoff’ is part of the 2023 NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair program.

Professional garden design has a short but rich history in Australia, dominated by the influence of 20th-century luminaries such as Edna Walling, Ellis Stones and Gordon Ford. These brilliant individuals were in large part responsible for celebrating and popularising a distinctly ‘Australian’ approach to garden-making, which emphasised the use of native plants, and local ecological systems and landforms.

But Australia has changed a lot since the close of the last century, both climatically and culturally. What makes for a successful garden in Australia now? What characterises contemporary Australian garden design, as distinct from the legacy of these 20th century greats?

Join garden designer Fiona Brockhoff and landscape architect Kate Cullity in a conversation considering these questions and how these two renowned experts approach the design of their own gardens.


Ticket prices will be deductible from purchase of the book, With Nature, which will be available for purchase on the night.


Perry Street Building
Collingwood Yards
Collingwood, 3066


Floor access to the Perry Street Building can be made via the following paths. From 30A Perry Street, a footpath leads to the retail area of Perry St (UG) and courtyard. The Perry Street Lift can be accessed via 30A and 30B Perry Street, allowing access to levels 1 and 2 of Perry Street Building. From Johnston Street access to Perry St Building can be made by crossing the courtyard.

Accessible toilets are located in three areas within the Perry Street Building. On the Upper Ground Level (Level UG) the accessible toilets are located in the service corridor in the northern part of the Building. near the staircase. These toilets are open throughout event hours. On L1 and L2 the toilets are located in the northern part of the building, behind heavy manual blue double doors.  All accessible toilets are equipped with manual locks, exit buttons and grab rails.

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