Pleasure Garden

a listening garden
by Genevieve Lacey


Vaucluse House Gardens

Sydney, 2016

Vaucluse House is one of Sydney’s few nineteenth-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds. When the explorer, barrister and politician William Charles Wentworth bought the house in 1827, it was a single-storey cottage in a secluded valley of partly cleared coastal scrub. Over the next five decades, William and his wife Sarah developed Vaucluse into an expansive, picturesque estate. Along with parklands, orangeries, orchards, vineyards and greenhouses, there’s a pleasure garden, framed by large trees, and featuring plants still surviving from the nineteenth century. It’s a lush, extraordinarily peaceful oasis in a thriving city, with glimpses down to the water, and a strong sense of past and present co-existing.

Film by Mika Nishimura
Images by Mika Nishimura

Lambley Gardens

Ascot, Victoria, 2015

David Glenn’s Lambley nursery and garden is set around an old farmhouse in the hot, dry, windswept plains of the central Victorian Goldfields. Lambley’s dry garden abounds with frost-hardy plants requiring very little watering, and is world renowned as a benchmark in dry climate and sustainable gardening. The extensive organic vegetable garden features trial beds for vegetable and flower seeds, and joyous perennial borders. The gardens are generously open to the public throughout the year, free of charge, and Lambley is an inspiring example of an ingenious, profoundly artistic garden, referencing old traditions, but designed for a contemporary Australian climate.

Film by Sera Davies
Images by Genevieve Lacey & Elizabeth O’Donnell

Pleasure Garden thanks

Jane Davidson and the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australia Council for the Arts, Fiona Winning, Lieven Bertels and Sydney Festival, Ed Champion and staff at Vaucluse House, Sydney Living Museums, Criss Canning and David Glenn of Lambley Garden, Malgosia Fiebig, City Carillonneur of Utrecht, Toby Chadd and ABC Classics, Sheena Boughen and the Four Winds community, Music Norway, Lou Oppenheim and Circus Oz, Henk Heuvelmans and Martijn Buser of Gaudeamus, Graham Pushee and Arts Management, Martel Ollerenshaw, Atticus Bastow, Nick Roux, Ann Lacey, Francine Tanner, Jude Gun, Steven Richardson, John Davis, Fiona Blair, Damon Young, Pat Hockey, Greg Lyons, Adam Gibson, Joseph Browning.