Formal qualifications in Horticulture, Landscape Design, Australian land Conservation & Restoration, Tasmanian Native Plants, and Workplace Training & Assessment
Estate Gardens Manager, Government House Tasmania
Tara has worked in the industry for 24 years, spending her early career working for a local wholesale nursery followed by employment with the Hobart City Council’s Parks Department. Later, Tara joined the garden maintenance team at Government House Tasmania. Tara was the first female horticulturalist employee, subsequently is now the first female Estate Gardens Manager.
During the growing season Tara hosts a range of tailored garden tours for local garden clubs, schools and training horticulturalists. While the garden is resting over the cooler months, Tara hosts the Winter Series of Horticultural Lectures in the Government House Ballroom. Showcasing landscape design principals, permaculture, biophilic design, Tasmanian garden history, floristry and Tasmanian native plants, this series is offered free of charge to Horticultural students studying at TAFE Tasmania.
Tara enjoys overseeing the Estate community garden, growing seasonal produce for the School Food Matters Program. The garden is also utilised as an educational resource for visiting students.
Tara is a proud participant of the Fearless Women’s Festival: Presenting non-traditional career options to Tasmanian secondary school age students. She is also a committee member of Blooming Tasmania: a not-for-profit statewide organisation and a key player in the Tasmanian visitor market working alongside Discover Tasmania to promote its members and garden tourism.
She is regularly involved with public speaking, for a range of garden themed events, most recently as guest speaker for the national conference of the Australian Garden History Society.
Tara is also mum to two amazing daughters, Scarlett & Evie and wife to David, a musician who is incredibly supportive of her busy career.
You can see more of Tara’s passion for gardening on Instagram.