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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Dreamscapes

Cover Image, Dreamscapes

Claire Takacs
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN 9781743793527
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 70.00
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Dreamscapes features 70 of the most spectacular gardens in the world, all photographed at the height of their beauty. The gardens featured range from the classic, like the beautiful Edwardian idyll of Bryan's Ground in Herefordshire, and Kenrokuen, one of Japan's most exquisite public gardens, to those at the forefront of planting design, like Hermannshof in Germany. Other iconic gardens include the stunning Welsh garden Dyffryn Fernant, Vita Sackville-West's home, and Piet Oudolf's Hummelo in the Netherlands, among others. The genius of landscape designers such as Brandon Tyson, Paul Bangay and Fernando Martos is showcased to its very best effect by the haunting and evocative photographs of award-winning garden photographer, Claire Takacs. This magnificent volume will set you dreaming of some of the most beautiful gardens created on this earth.


Living with Plants

Cover Image, Living with Plants

Sophie Lee
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN 9781784880965
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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In Living With Plants, botanical-stylist and plant expert Sophie Lee shows you simple but inspired ways to green-up your home or workspace. Starting with the basics, learn how to pick the right plant for you and your home (and specifically what room), what levels of sunlight your plant needs and the best space for your plants to thrive. As well as plant-styling inspiration, you will discover how to make your own terrarium, kokedama moss ball and a snazzy macrame plant hanger, as well as innovative ways to dress up your window sill or bookcase. This book also includes a practical guide on plant care, teaching you how to look after your plants correctly: from soil propagation, watering, pruning, cuttings together with useful tips on how you can revive dying plants and clever ways to keep them alive while you are on holiday.


The Hidden Life of TreesCover Image, Jellyfish

Peter Wohlleben
Black Inc.
ISBN 9781863958738    
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 29.99
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In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families- tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After you have read The Hidden Life of Trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.


Lives of the Great Gardeners

Cover Image, Lives of the Great Gardeners

Stephen Anderton
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500518564
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 60.00
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Throughout history great gardeners have risen from all walks of life. Some have been aristocratic amateur gardeners, others professional designers with an international practice. Some have come to garden-making from sister arts such as sculpture or painting; some have been hands-on nurserymen or botanists. What they all have in common, no matter where or when they were born, is the ability to take an idea and develop it in a new manner relevant to their times. The book contains four sections. 'Gardens of Ideas' moves from the politically allusive gardens of 18th-century England made by men such as William Kent, to Charles Jencks' Scottish garden inspired by 21st-century cosmography. 'Gardens of Straight Lines' explores the lives of the great formalist gardeners, from Le Notre at Versailles to the rational English minimalism of contemporary designer Christopher Bradley-Hole.


The Cabaret of Plants: Botany and the Imagination

Cover Image, Cabaret of Plants

Richard Mabey
Profile Books
ISBN 9781861979582
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 24.99
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In The Cabaret of Plants, Mabey explores the plant species which have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty and belief. Ranging widely across science, art and cultural history, poetry and personal experience, Mabey puts plants centre stage, and reveals a true botanical cabaret, a world of tricksters, shape-shifters and inspired problem-solvers, as well as an enthralled audience of romantics, eccentric amateur scientists and transgressive artists.


The Australian Native GardenCover Image, Australian Native Garden

Angus Stewart & Andrea Bishop
Murdoch Books
ISBN 9781743365434
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 49.99
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This authoritative and practical book is written in an approachable and accessible style, focusing on growing and using native plants in the home garden. It provides expert information on the fundamentals: soils, cultivation techniques, pruning, fertilising and maintenance.  It also looks at different styles of garden design, using Australian plants not only for aesthetic reasons but for creating drought proof gardens, fire resistant gardens, and environments attractive to native fauna as well. Growing your own bush foods is also covered. Highly illustrated and information packed, The Australian Native Garden showcases some of the best designed Australian gardens and explores rural areas around Australia where indigenous species thrive in the wild, representing a fascinating source of inspiration and information.


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.


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