Gardening

Does your garden need some tender loving care? We have stories about gardens and gardeners to indulge in; reference books to enlighten; coffee table books to inspire; garden design books to guide; and a range of specialty books on Australian gardens, fruit and vegetable gardening, and various species.

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Urban Botanics

Cover Image, Heirloom Plants

Maaike Koster & Emma Sibley
Aurum Press
ISBN 9781781316535
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 35.00
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Driven by the beautiful artwork of Maaike Koster, alongside Emma Sibley's  text, this collection of stunning illustrations is accompanied by thoughtful information. Each plant is rendered in considered detail, facing a paragraph on its origins, care tips and any information about fellow species. The joy of these plants is that they are easy to maintain, and everyone has access to them - you no longer need to have a back garden to turn your hand to this green-fingered past time. Succulents, cacti, flowering and foliage plants are growing everywhere; in our homes, work places, bars and shops. Their ubiquity is adding interest, tranquillity and colour in every corner of our lives. Across 70 different plants, originating from every corner of the world, Maaike and Emma have collected a wide variety to tempt even the most timid of gardeners.


Heirloom Plants

Cover Image, Heirloom Plants

Thomas Etty & Lorraine Harrison
Ivy Press
ISBN 9781782403173
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 40.00
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Heirloom plants often have a charm lacking in commercially produced varieties. And unless these seeds are grown and saved, they will be not only forgotten, but lost, too. Based on the seed catalogs of Thomas Etty, Heirloom Plants lists exciting cultivars to be grown, along with profiles and cultivation tips. Responsible gardening, certainly - but with more than a hint of romance; who could resist the lure of the splendid Hubbard Green Warty squash, or the Green Zebra tomato?



Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Gardencover image wendy whitely and the secret garden

Janet Hawley
Penguin Lantern
ISBN 9781921383939
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 80.00
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For more than twenty years Wendy Whiteley has worked to create a public garden at the foot of her harbourside home in Sydney's Lavender Bay. This is the extraordinary story of how a determined, passionate and deeply creative woman has slowly transformed an overgrown wasteland into a beautiful sanctuary for everyone to enjoy - and in the process, transformed herself. Wendy Whiteley was Brett Whiteley's wife, muse and model. An artist herself, with a finely honed aesthetic sense, she also created the interiors at the heart of Brett's iconic paintings of their Lavender Bay home. When Brett died, followed by the death nine years later of their daughter Arkie, Wendy threw her grief and creativity into making an enchanting hidden oasis out of derelict land owned by the New South Wales Government. This glorious guerrilla garden is Wendy's living artwork, designed with daubs of colour, sinuous shapes and shafts of light. This is Wendy's story but it's also the story of the countless people who cherish the Secret Garden.


The Little Veggie Patch Co: how to Grow Food in Small SpacesCover image, The Little Veggie Patch co

Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember
Plum
ISBN 9781742610184
Paperback 2011
Price $AU 45.00
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Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember run a successful business installing edible gardens: in polystyrene boxes on balconies, in crates you can put anywhere in your backyard, or by creating no-dig, raised garden beds. After years of helping clients set up spaces to grow their own fruit and vegetables they believe anyone can create their own little edible garden, in most any area. And in this easy-to-use guide they show you how simple it is!

Fundamentals such as soil, climate, watering, composting, worm farms, saving and sowing seeds, and raised garden beds and crates are all discussed comprehensively; each with a fully illustrated step-by-step activity to help you create your own little veggie patch. The complete A-Z of Edible Plants gives you vital information on more than 40 vegetables (and fruit trees), including detailed planting information, ongoing maintenance advice, tips on best companions and when to harvest. And the family activities scattered throughout the book will get the kids involved too. This colourful guide is for anyone interested in growing their own food.


Kitchen Gardens of AustraliaCover image, Kitchen Gardens of Australia

Kate Herd
Penguin
ISBN 9781921383427
Paperback 2012
Price $AU 39.95
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Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint, save money, become more self-sufficient or just enjoy the unique taste of fresh produce, there has never been a better time to create a kitchen garden. Join passionate designer and green-gardener Kate Herd on her journey around Australia to eighteen diverse kitchen gardens, from subtropical Queensland to the arid zone of central Australia, from the suburbs of Adelaide to the countryside of rural Victoria and Tasmania. For each, Kate provides a detailed garden plan, a brief history of the garden, the people who tend it and a description of how they have overcome the challenges of difficult climates and soil types. There are tips on innovative irrigation techniques, environmentally friendly pest management and how to create a garden from recycled objects, with an overall emphasis on sustainability.


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