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"Gardenesque" is a wonderful ramble through more than 200 years of Australian gardening and garden making. Richard Aitken takes the reader on a visual tour of stunning images from the State Library of Victoria's extensive collections 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" 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. Throughout, the chronological journey reflects changing fashions for plants and shifting environmental more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 208.3 x 251.5 x 25.4mm | 907.2g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522851274
  • 9780522851274
  • 1,244,281

About Richard Aitken

Richard Aitken is the editor of "The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens "and "Australian Garden History," the journal for the Australian Garden History Society. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of" Garden History," the journal of the Garden History Society. He is also an architect, curator, and historian who has prepared conservation plans for many of Australia's most significant historic gardens.""show more

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