Past Community Programs 2009


Christmas Carols and Picnic

Sunday 13 December › 5.00 – 9.00pm (Carols commence at 7.00pm)

An evening of magical Christmas fun. Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the beautiful Lanyon gardens. Listen to the festive music of the Sing Australia Choir and Tuggeranong Valley Band as the sun sets over the Brindabellas. The Homestead will be lit by candles and decorated for a 19th century Christmas. Enjoy Christmas decoration-making for children, a sausage sizzle, musical entertainment and carols on the lawns. Presented in association with Sing Australia and the Tuggeranong Valley Band.

Cost: $10 per car
Bookings: Not required

Making Colour from the Garden

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November › 10.00am - 4.00pm

Canberra textile artist, Lilly Vermeesch, returns to Lanyon to lead a weekend workshop focused on using plant dyes to create stunning patterns on cloth. Participants will learn how to use dye baths to achieve an even or variegated colour, manipulate the cloth to create patterns using stitch, clamping or wrapping, and experiment with simple methods of mark making. A range of natural fibre fabrics will be supplied for sampling and experimental play. Participants will have the opportunity to work on individual projects such as a scarf, wrap or artwork. Ready-to-dye silk lengths for individual projects will be available to purchase separately. A fascinating workshop for those interested in environmentally sustainable approaches to making and using colour.

For: Adults. No previous experience is necessary.
Cost: $135 (ACT M&G Members $120)
Bookings and payment: by Wed 28 October
historicplacesbookings@act.gov.au or 6235 5677
Lanyon Machinery Shed

Flickr images from last years event

Successful Rose Pruning

Sunday 9 August › 10.30am – 12.30pm

Do you prefer Dorothy Perkins, Queen Elizabeth or Lili Marlene? Whatever your preference, be it the traditional rambler or the modern hybrid, Graham Williams, Lanyon’s Head Gardener, provides sound advice and practical demonstrations to help get your roses in tip-top shape for spring. Join Graham for tea and coffee after the demonstration.

Cost: $20 (ACT M&G Members $15)
Bookings and payment: by Wed 5 August
historicplacesbookings@act.gov.au or 6235 5677

Aging Gracefully: Managing an Older Garden

Sunday 14 June › 10.30am – 12.30pm

Graham Williams leads a program for those interested in older gardens. Graham will draw on his experience at Lanyon to discuss issues such as maintaining design integrity, replacement planting, managing larger plants, garden ‘rooms’ and transitional spaces. Graham will provide practical tips for finding historically appropriate plants and staying true to your garden design. Have your questions answered over tea and coffee on the verandah.

Cost: $20 (ACT M&G Members/Concession $15).
Prepayment is required to confirm your booking.*
Bookings and payment: 6235 5677, by Wed 10 June

The Great Lanyon Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday 12 April › 9.30am SHARP!

Join us for an Easter morning ramble through the Lanyon garden. Search under trees and bushes, in hedges and edges to find those elusive chocolate eggs. The number of eggs is limited so bookings are essential. Kindly sponsored by Darrell Lea.

For: Families with children – special search area for under sixes
Cost: $10 per family. Prepayment required to confirm your booking.*
Bookings and payment: 6235 5677, by Tue 7 April

My Favourite Things: Propagating Plants From Your Garden

Sunday 19 April › 10.30am – 12.30pm

Graham Williams leads a relaxed outdoor workshop where you will learn how to reproduce your favourite garden plants. Graham will discuss both vegetative and non-vegetative propagation, including collecting, preparing and storing seeds and taking cuttings. The workshop will be following by tea and coffee on the verandah.

Cost: $20 (ACT M&G Members/Concession $15). Prepayment required to confirm your booking.*
Bookings and payment: 6235 5677, by Wed 15 April

Lanyon Anniversary Lecture & Dinner with Trisha Dixon

Saturday 14 March 2009 › 6.00pm

Join Australia’s leading garden design photographer and writer, Trisha Dixon, for an evening lecture followed by an exclusive opportunity to dine in the Lanyon garden. Trisha has written, co-authored, photographed and edited many books including The Vision of Edna Walling and, Under the Spell of the Ages, and edited Australian Garden History for six years. Trisha’s lecture, The Wright Connection and the Art of Hilda Rix Nicholas, will explore the links between Lanyon and early owners, the Wright family. The story of the Wright’s is one of the most engaging in Australian history, particularly for those interested in art, social history and the Monaro landscape. Hilda Rix Nicholas is considered one of our pre-eminent early 20th century artists and her representation of the national landscape set her alongside the most important male painters in Australia between the wars. Following the lecture, join Trisha in the garden marquee for a delightful summer evening dinner.

Cost: $55 (ACT M&G Members $45), includes champagne on arrival, lecture, dinner and wine. Vegetarian options are available, please specify your requirements upon booking.
Prepayment required to confirm your booking.*
Bookings and payment: 6235 5677, by Wed 11 March
Limited Numbers

Lanyon Harvest Music Festival

Sundays in March › 5.00 – 7.30pm
(Music commences at 5.30)

In 2009 we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Cunningham homestead at Lanyon. In recognition of this significant milestone, Lanyon Homestead will host the inaugural Lanyon Harvest Music Festival. This event will draw together a dynamic range of local performing artists who will play on the homestead verandah as the sun sets over the Brindabellas. Relax on the Bunya Lawn as the kids join in the activities in the special Children’s Tent. Bring along a picnic, or purchase food and drink on site.

Cost: Gold Coin Donation
Bookings: Not required, unless intending to dine at the Lanyon Café. Café reservations can be made on 6237 5268
Enquiries: 6235 5677

Sunday 22 March

A sumptuous evening of jazz with seasoned performer, Eric Ajaye and his band. Born in New York, Eric has played all over the world and has a great respect for the deep, rich history of jazz.

Sunday 29 March

Annie and the Armadillos
Join Annie and her band for a fantastic evening of groove, soul, R&B and jazz. Whatever Annie and the Armadillos choose to play they are always a favourite, famous for their lively performances that excite the senses.

Sunday 1 March

A magical evening of opera in the garden. Voice students from the ANU School of Music will perform opera favourites, along with vocal music that was popular 150 years ago, when Lanyon Homestead was newly built.

Sunday 8 March

The Tuggeranong Valley Band is always a favourite at Lanyon. Established in 1980, the TVB is a community band that plays at major Canberra events. Join them for an evening of jazz, classical and big band music.

Sunday 15 March

Be sure to wear your dancing shoes as the Monaro Folk Society Big Band and the Australian Bush Dancers Display Group whip up a musical frenzy at Lanyon. Join in an evening of Australian traditional music and bush dancing.

Open House for Senior Citizens

Friday 20 March › 10.00am – 4.00pm

We invite senior citizens to enjoy a visit to Lanyon free of charge.
Guided tours are available for booked groups.

In association with ACT Seniors Week.

Cost: Free for senior citizens, otherwise normal admission
Bookings for groups: 6235 5677

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