The Australian Museum of Gardening is currently being established at Carrick Hill historic house and garden. The Carrick Hill Trust (a statutory body vested with the governance of the heritage site) is committed to building the museum to display, study and store the collection as a permanent feature.
Each year the museum will present different stories that define our Australian gardening history. The first exhibition will be held in the Guest Wing Gallery at Carrick Hill from August 2015 to January 2016. Endless Pleasure: The art of gardens and gardening will explore the influences over the past 250 years that have shaped our interest as a nation in gardens and garden making either as a past time or profession.
The Museum’s collection currently comprises over a thousand objects including a major donation of Old Mole’s Tool collection that forms the core component of this aspect of the museum. Collected by Richard Bird (Old Mole of Armidale, NSW) over two decades there are seven hundred and sixty objects from around Australia and the United Kingdom.
Other categories will be added to the Museum of Gardening under the acquisitions policy that the Carrick Hill Trust has in place; for instance two collections of gardening books have been donated that will form the gardening research & resource centre within the museum.
Our mission is to preserve and present our gardening history and to promote it in close collaboration with the Australian Garden History Society, our national history and heritage partner.