‘The Gardens of Worlitz’ | Mr Steven Desmond

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Steven Desmond, a chartered horticulturist and a specialist in the historic gardens of Britain and Europe, will be visiting Noosa in October to talk to ADFAS Noosa members about the amazing Gardens of Worlitz.

Prince Franz of Anhalt-Dessau was the absolute ruler of a small province in rural Germany in the second half of the 18th century.  He set out to mould his little world into a model state exemplifying liberal and progressive attitudes. Education was at the heart of his reforms, along with industrial and agricultural revolutions, and the whole province was to be blended into a seamless whole of beauty and utility.  He admired the work of the great English landscape gardeners and set about to create an inner sanctum for this new world - the beautiful, ornamental park at Wörlitz.   The park, open to the public, is laid out around a series of natural lakes with a Palladian villa looking out over the grounds.  There are numerous bridges, seats, grottoes, temples, orchards and even an artificial volcano!

Mr Desmond began his career as a professional gardener, lectured for 15 years in colleges of horticulture, and now specialises in the historic gardens of Britain and Europe. He lectures to a wide range of organisations including the University of Oxford.  He is an experienced leader of specialist tours to gardens, houses and cultural landscapes in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy. He writes for Country Life and his Gardens of the Italian Lakes was published in 2016.

ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society) Australia comprises 38 societies and is modeled on the successful UK arts appreciation organisation NADFAS.  ADFAS Noosa Inc hosts Saturday afternoon lectures on a monthly basis for its members and guests at St Mary’s Church in Tewantin to which visitors are very welcome – a $25 entry fee on the door applies.  

For further information call 5448 2394.

Bookings:    Sharon Hyde 5448 2394, slhyde53@gmail.com


‘The Gardens of Worlitz’ | Mr Steven Desmond
3.45 pm for 4.00 pm
Saturday 22 October 2016
St Mary’s Church Hall, 17 William Street, Tewantin
$25 for visitors: bookings essential

Australian and Decorative Fine Arts Society Noosa Inc :
PO Box 481, Noosa Junction
Australian and Decorative Fine Arts Society Noosa Inc

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Australian and Decorative Fine Arts Society Noosa Inc, Noosa Junction




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