Immerse yourself in the gardens at Lanyon Homestead as the Floriade bulbs bloom with colour this Spring. Come and visit this wonderful living collection with a layered history that dates back to the 1860s. Highlights include the two 130-year-old Bunya Bunya trees, Wisteria from 1860 and the orchards under planted with a carpet of mixed daffodils and tulips.
Why not make a day of it and visit both Lanyon and Cuppacumbalong Homesteads? Book into our outdoor Homestead tours, make amazing floral or artists creations in our workshops and enjoy Devonshire Tea at Cuppacumbalong and High Tea or Lunch at the Barracks Cafe, Lanyon.
Booking essential due to COVID-19 safety requirements.
Art Makers at Lanyon – Still life, Watercolour and Gouache
Join local artist Naomi Zouwer for an inspiring painting workshop at Lanyon. Participants will be guided to explore the techniques of watercolour and gouache. You will paint flowers from the garden, arranged in the fabulous vases alongside ornaments from the homestead while looking out over the wonderful spring gardens. The workshops are for adults and all levels of experience welcome.
What type of music did teenagers play and dance to in 1850?
Listen to popular mid-nineteenth century dance music and tunes from a rare personal collection of sheet music owned by Emily Strong (1833-1860). Grace Chan will play from Emily Strong’s precious music album on the Broadwood piano in the Drawing Room at Lanyon Homestead, and on her harmonium in the garden amongst the Floriade flowers. Grace is the organist and pianist at the heritage listed ‘Swifts’ in Darling Point and St Stephen’s Church in Newtown.
Join Ngunawal custodian Mr Wally Bell on a walk at Lanyon Homestead to learn about the Aboriginal connection to the area and the Murrumbidgee River. Discover more about the significance of the Canoe Tree to the Ngunawal people and what its presence here tells us of the strong community that lived within the cultural landscape. Hear stories about Aboriginal cultural practices and connection to country today.
Botanical drawing or ‘Flower painting’ was a popular genteel pastime amongst people in Victorian era homesteads. Children will take a tour around the gardens to look at and sketch the wonderful trees and plants they see on watercolour paper and then add colour to their drawings using watercolour pencils.
Join Neil Walsh, Head Gardener of Horticultural Services at ACT Historic Places, for an expert tour of the Lanyon gardens. While the rest of us have been in lock down, our gardeners here have been very busy! Neil will explain what has been happening in the gardens, the recent tree survey, planting schedule and maintenance of this historic garden. He will also give a first hand account of planting the 10,2000 bulbs and annuals for Floriade at Lanyon!
Explore the interconnected history of these two gorgeous homestead sites. Just 15 minutes from Tuggeranong and 30 minutes from Civic.
Step into the stories at Lanyon Homestead and back to a time before Canberra became the nation’s capital. Discover the fascinating stories of the families that lived and worked here. This tour allows you to get the best possible experience at Lanyon, in the COVID-19 era. Their socially distanced tour takes the group on a guided and informative walk around the precinct – including the archaeological sites and our historic outbuildings.