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Creating an Australian Garden

Angus Stewart 

Angus Stewart has worked for decades on selecting and breeding Australian plants to make them more gardener-friendly. Creating an Australian Garden not only passes on the knowledge gained from Angus's extensive experience as a plant breeder-it empowers us all to unlock the secrets of cleverly designed Australian gardens that provide year-round colour, vibrant foliage and havens for wildlife.

Creating an Australian Garden contains practical tips on:

  • planning a garden from scratch
  • adapting an existing garden
  • using water-saving methods
  • creating mounds and raised beds to ensure
  • the drainage many Australian plants require
  • growing native plants in containers
  • choosing the best plants for your environment
  • easy-to-follow basics of soil preparation, and
  • 450 of the best Australian plant varieties, including many that are newly released.

Find out how to choose the ideal plants for your climate, or create a microclimate to accommodate the spectacular native plants you'd like to grow. See how versatile native plants can be, becoming part of any garden style you envisage for your backyard. Most importantly, learn everything you need to know, from planning to planting, to allow you to create a stunning native garden, wherever you live.

About Angus Stewart

Angus Stewart's groundbreaking work with native plants and his appearances on ABC Radio's Weekends with Simon Marnie and ABC TV's Gardening Australia have seen him emerge as Australia's leading expert when it comes to native plants and their untapped possibilities.

256 pages/Hardback/ISBN 978 174237 083 5/RRP $59.95

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000.

 

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The Curious Gardener

Anna Pavord 

From what to do in each month and how to get the best from flowers, plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables, through reflections on the weather, soil, the English landscape and favourite old gardening clothes, to office greenery, spring in New York, waterfalls, Derek Jarman and garden design, Anna Pavord always has something interesting to say and says it with great style and candour.

The perfect book to guide you through the gardening year and on days when the weather keeps the most courageous gardener indoors, the perfect book to curl up with.

About Anna Pavord

Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for the Independent and the author of eight previous books, including the bestselling The Tulip and Bulb. She contributes to a number of magazines, both in the US and the UK and regularly fronts radio programmes. She chairs the Garden Panel for the UK National Trust and sits on the Parks and Gardens Panel of English Heritage. She lives in Dorset, England, where she spent thirty years restoring the garden of an old rectory. She has recently moved to a new house and started another garden. She is married and has three daughters.

252 pages/Hardback/ISBN 978 140880 888 7/RRP $39.99

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000.

 

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Gardens of Europe.  A Traveller’s Guide

Charles Quest-Ritson

In this new and authoritative guide to the gardens of Europe, Charles Quest-Ritson has produced a comprehensive survey, ranging from Ireland to Georgia and from Russia to Sicily. 

Gardens of Europe contains over 600 gardens and includes an invaluable Plant Collections Guide for quick reference.  Garden location, opening hours, and contact and other details are supplemented by more than 500 colour photographs, location maps and descriptions of the unique flavour and history of each garden.

382 pages/Hard cover/195mm x 290mm.ISBN 13-99978-187647330-3 RRP $89.95

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000.

 

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The Garden Plants of China

Peter Valder

A most comprehensive reference to more than 400 ornamental plants grown in Chinese gardens, their history and their place in art, literature, symbolism and everyday life.

The Garden Plants of China contains more than 400 colour photographs of plants that appear in gardens throughout the country as well as reproductions of Chinese works of art and illustrations of historical interest.

400 pages/Hard cover/220mm x 295mm/ISBN 1 876314 02 8/RRP$90.00

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000.

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Gardens in China

Peter Valder

A description of more than 200 imperial, private, temple, botanical and public gardens in China, including notes on their history and significance, together with 500 colour photographs.  Illustrated with reproductions of historical interest.

400 pages/Hard cover/220mm x 290mm/ISBN 1 876314 13 3/RRP$90.00

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000.


 

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A Passion for Place: Gardens of the Blue Mountains

by Alison Halliday and Joanne Hambrett Photography: Ian Brown, Prologue: Peter Valder & Foreword: Peter Watts

Through stunning pictures and words, Alison Halliday and Joanne Hambrett have turned arm-chair travel into a fascinating garden adventure.  Dr Tim Entwisle Director, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney

Cradled within the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area west of Sydney, the cool-climate gardens and ‘hill stations’ of Mount Wilson, Mount Tomah and Mount Irvine reveal their enduring beauty and delights, both subtle and bold. Showcased through Ian Brown’s beautiful photographs, the gardens range from those mellowed by over a century of growing time, through the golden years between the wars, to those tackling the challenges of modern-day gardening. Dense cool-climate plantings, splashes of autumn flamboyance, spring blossoms, and occasional touches of grandeur are intrinsic to these exotic oases within the all-pervasive native wilderness. Many of these unique mountain gardens are documented here for the first time. The reader is invited to unlatch the garden gate and step within these enchanted settings.

I am delighted that the authors have provided descriptions of [the gardens]... in the one volume, a feat which records and draws well-deserved attention to the extraordinary horticultural richness of this fascinating region… Peter Valder OAM

The first book to explore these magnificent gardens through the people who made them. In large format with superb colour photos enriched by black and white pictures over 100 years of history.

Alison Halliday and Joann Hambrett have devoted many years to gardening and research in the Blue Mountains. Ian Brown has spent years photographing for this book and experts Peter Valder and Peter Watts provide additional layers of inspiration for anyone with a love of gardens!

256 pages/Hardback/ISBN 9781876473778/270 mm x 238 mm/RRP $59.95

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000.

 

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The Rose

Jennifer Potter 

The rose. No other flower has come close to capturing the western imagination in quite the same way. Tulip fever may have flared fiercely and suddenly in seventeenth-century Europe. The Madonna lily may match the white rose for its symbolic purity. But no other flower fascinates like this mysterious flower. In its very ambiguities lies the blood of Christ with the sweat of Muhammad, the sacred and the profane, life and death, the white rose of chasitity and the red rose of consummation.

In The Rose, Jennifer Potter sets out on a quest to uncover the life of a flower which has been admired by different cultures in different countries across the centuries. She discovers what it is about the rose that has driven people to distraction, where the roses of today originated and how they propagated and spread.

From Greek and Roman empires, through Europe, the Middle East to China, Jennifer Potter's search unfolds across the world, enriched by fabulous historical characters, literary evocations and man's perpetual love of this unique flower.

About Jennifer Potter

Jennifer Potter is the author of three novels and three works of non-fiction, Secret Gardens, Lost Gardens and, most recently, Strange Blooms, which was described by The Sunday Times as 'a tour de force'. She reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at King's College, London.

560 pages/ Hard cover/ISBN 978 184887 834 1/RRP $59.99

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000.