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Planting Dreams

Shaping Australian gardens
Author: Aitken, Richard
Publisher: NewSouth


‘A garden should … be just a little too big to keep the whole cultivated. Then it gives it a chance to go a little wild in spots’ – Edna Walling, landscape designer

Waratah or wattle? Chrysanthemum or rose? Planting Dreams celebrates the artistry and imagination that have shaped Australian gardens. Respected garden historian Richard Aitken explores the environmental and social influences that have helped produce our unique gardening culture – from Indigenous land management and the earliest European garden at Farm Cove, to the potted plants and besser block screens of mid-twentieth century modernist design and beyond.

Drawing on the unparalleled collections of the State Library of New South Wales, Planting Dreams showcases Australian garden making in all its richness and diversity through a stunning and intriguing mix of paintings, sketches, photographs, and prints, from popular culture to high art. 

‘An elegant look at the miraculous gardening evolution’ – Indira Naidoo, author of The Edible Balcony

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SKU: 9781742234649 Category: Product ID: 6228


ISBN: 9781742234649

Additional information

Dimensions 28 × 23 cm



Shaping Australian gardens


Aitken, Richard



Release Date

Thursday September 1st, 2016



Production page count

272 Pages