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Gardenesque: a celebration of Australian gardening

Richard Aitken
$45.00
The Miegunyah Press in association with the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 240pp Illustrated ISBN 9780522851274

Richard Aitken takes the reader on a wonderful ramble through more than 200 years of Australian gardening and garden making, and Anne Latreille, Paul Fox and Michael Leunig offer their personal perspectives of gardening.

The diversity of Australia's gardening heritage is revealed in selections from a wide range of books, pamphlets, plans, paintings and prints. Gardenesque celebrates both the aesthetic and practical nature of gardens of all sizes, from the national landscape to the suburban backyard.

The book showcases magnificent illustrations from nineteenth-century botanical books, uncovers the symbolism of Wattle Day, follows the Gardening Year with Mr Bear, introduces the Queen of the 1953 Ballarat Begonia Festival, displays Yates' seed books from various decades, explores counter-culture manifestos from the 1970s and features Howard Arkley's suburban surrealism.

Richard Aitken is a Melbourne-based architect, historian, curator and poeticist. His books include The Oxford companion to Australian gardens (2002), Botanical riches (2006) and The garden of ideas (2010).

This book is out of print, but you can find it in the Library's collection.

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