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Biographical entry Luffman, Charles Bouge (1862 - 1920)

15 February 1862
Devon, England
6 May 1920
Devon, England


Charles Luffman was a horticulturist, landscape architect and author. He worked mostly in England and Australia, designing many gardens including the Burnley Gardens in Victoria. Luffman also spent many years travelling and writing throughout Europe, especially Spain, and Japan. His designs were less traditional than his peers and believed in the use of both formal and informal design.


Luffman authored several books and discussion papers. These include the paper 'The Agricultural, Horticultural and Sylvan Features of a Federal Capital', which highlights his belief of the importance of a created landscape setting; and the book 'The Principles of Gardening for Australia', which made garden design more professional.


Life event - Emigrated to Australia
Career position - His first book A Vagabond in Spain published by J. Murray, London
14 December 1895
Life event - Married Lauretta Maria Lane. Location: St James Church, Melbourne, Victoria
Career position - Called to give evidence at the Royal Commission on Mildura's suitability as a site to grow grapes and fig
1897 - 1908
Career position - Principal of Burnley School of Horticulture
Career position - Publicly debated Walter Butler, a distinguished architect in Melbourne, on his views of formal landscaping
Career position - Designed Killamont gardens. Location: West Goulburn Valley, Victoria
Career position - Designed the Metropolitan Golf Course. Location: Oakleigh, Victoria
1910 - 1913
Career position - Travelled extensively in Japan and wrote The Harvest of Japan (publishers: T.C & E.C. Jack Ltd., London)
1914 - 1918
Career position - Returned to London and designed Wyke Regis gardens. Location: Dorset, England
Career position - Quiet Days in Spain published by J. Murray of London

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  • Aitken, Richard, 'Bogue Luffmann's Principles of Gardening for Australia', La Trobe Journal, 74 (Spring) (2004), 62-70. Details


McCarthy, G.J.