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  • ARTISTS GARDEN
    ARTISTS GARDEN
    BENNETT JACKIE
    ISBN: 9781781318744
    Title: ARTISTS GARDEN
    Author: BENNETT JACKIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Artist's Garden will feature up to 20 gardens that have inspired and been home to some of the greatest painters of history. These gardens not only supplied the inspiration for creative works but also illuminate the professional motivation and private life of the artists themselves - from Cezanne's house in the south of France to Childe Hassam at Celia Thaxter's garden off the coast off Maine. Flowers and gardens have often been the first choice for artists looking for a subject. A garden close to the artist's studio is not only convenient for daily material and ideas, but also has the advantage of changing through the seasons and over time. Claude Monet's Giverny was the catalyst for hundreds of great paintings (by Monet and other artists), each one different from the one before. Sometimes a whole village becomes the focus for a colony of artists as at Gerberoy in Picardy and Skagen on the northernmost tip of Denmark.
    This book is about the real homes and gardens that inspired these great artists - gardens that can still be visited today. The relationship between artist and garden is a complex one. A few artists, including Pierre Bonnard and his neighbour Monet were keen gardeners, as much in love with their plants as their work, while for others like Sorolla in Madrid, his courtyard home was both a sanctuary and a source of ideas.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • AUSTRALIAN DREAMSCAPES : Movement Light and Colour
    AUSTRALIAN DREAMSCAPES : Movement Light and Colour
    TAKACS CLAIRE
    ISBN: 9781743794708
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DREAMSCAPES : Movement Light and Colour
    Author: TAKACS CLAIRE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Australian Dreamscapes, Claire Takacs showcases the varied gardens found in the Australian landscape, from lush green oases to semi-arid settings. Claire profiles Australian gardens, gardeners and garden designers who are drawing on the international movement towards a more naturalistic approach to planting design. Similar to the New Perennial movement and Prairie-style, these gardens take into consideration how plants grow in the wild and have created highly textural, visually pleasing gardens that appeal not only to our love of beauty, but that sit gently in their surrounding landscapes, giving a strong sense of place.

    Across 15 chapters and 22 gardens, Claire's stunning photography is accompanied by essays written by the garden owners or designers. The chapters detail the journey to establishing the gardens, their motivation, and the struggles and rewards the gardens bring day in, day out. Beautifully presented, Australian Dreamscapes is a stunning journey through the diversity of gardens in Australia.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • AUSTRALIAN NATIVE GARDEN : A PRACTICAL GUIDE
    AUSTRALIAN NATIVE GARDEN : A PRACTICAL GUIDE
    STEWART ANGUS / BISHOP A B
    ISBN: 9781743365434
    Title: AUSTRALIAN NATIVE GARDEN : A PRACTICAL GUIDE
    Author: STEWART ANGUS / BISHOP A B
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A highly illustrated, authoritative and practical book focused on all aspects of using native plants in the home garden, from design through to plant choice and cultivation.


    This authoritative and practical book--written in an approachable and accessible style--focuses on growing and using native plants in the home garden. It provides expert information on the fundamentals--soils, cultivation techniques, pruning, fertilising and maintenance--and looks at different styles of garden design, using Australian plants not only for aesthetic reasons but for creating droughtproof 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.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BACKYARD BEES : A GUIDE FOR THE BEGINNER BEEKEEPER
    BACKYARD BEES : A GUIDE FOR THE BEGINNER BEEKEEPER
    PURDIE DOUG
    ISBN: 9781743361719
    Title: BACKYARD BEES : A GUIDE FOR THE BEGINNER BEEKEEPER
    Author: PURDIE DOUG
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Just about anyone can keep bees. All you need is a bit of space in your backyard (or on your rooftop) and a little love for the creatures that pollinate the vegie patches of your neighbourhood. Once introduced to the charms of beekeeping and the taste of warm honeycomb direct from the hive, you'll be hooked.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BIRDSCAPING AUSTRALIAN GARDENS
    BIRDSCAPING AUSTRALIAN GARDENS
    ADAMS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780670078707
    Title: BIRDSCAPING AUSTRALIAN GARDENS
    Author: ADAMS GEORGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wake up to the beautiful sound of birdsong every day.

    Discover how to identify the most common garden birds, and how to choose, grow and maintain the native plants that will attract them to your backyard.

    From acacias to eucalypts, and from honeyeaters to kookaburras, this essential guide will help transform any garden across Australia into an avian paradise.

    Featuring plant and bird directories illustrated with superb colour photographs and line drawings, as well as comprehensive planting tables and expert advice, this book has all you need to create a refuge for birds - and so preserve Australia's amazing natural heritage and biodiversity.



    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $59.99
    Price: $59.99
  • COMPLETE BOOK OF HERBS IN AUSTRALIA : The definitive sourcebook for growing, harvesting and cooking
    COMPLETE BOOK OF HERBS IN AUSTRALIA : The definitive sourcebook for growing, harvesting and cooking
    MCVICAR JEKKA
    ISBN: 9781925750294
    Title: COMPLETE BOOK OF HERBS IN AUSTRALIA : The definitive sourcebook for growing, harvesting and cooking
    Author: MCVICAR JEKKA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive sourcebook for growing, harvesting and cooking herbs in Australia.

    Jekka McVicar is passionate about herbs and this passion permeates her authoritative and immensely practical book.

    Here she covers over 150 herbs - from the most common such as mint and basil to the more exotic, such as turmeric and lemon grass. For each herb she outlines various species, its history, cultivation, propagation and harvesting and then looks at cosmetic, medicinal and culinary uses, with over 250 recipes.

    Having grown herbs for over 30 years, Jekka knows the most common pitfalls to avoid. She offers plans for planting herb gardens, be it for aromatherapy or cooking, and guidance on propagation, harvesting, herbs in containers, pests and diseases as well as a yearly calendar.

    This definitive sourcebook is the herb gardener's essential companion.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CONNECTED : The Sustainable Landscapes of Phillip Johnson
    CONNECTED : The Sustainable Landscapes of Phillip Johnson
    JOHNSON PHILLIP
    ISBN: 9781760522773
    Title: CONNECTED : The Sustainable Landscapes of Phillip Johnson
    Author: JOHNSON PHILLIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Australian landscape designer Phillip Johnson became an international household name after winning Best in Show at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower and Garden Show in 2013 - the equivalent of winning a gold medal at the Olympics. This book explores Phillip's philosophy of connecting with nature in a sustainable way. Connected focuses on his key passions, including integrated sustainable water management and the creation of natural, chemical-free pools; recreation of thriving habitats for indigenous plants and animals; and the thoughtful connection of the landscape to the home.
    Illustrated with lavish photography, garden plans and practical water-flow diagrams for each garden featured, Connected tells the stories behind the commissioning, design and execution of 19 gardens designed by Phillip (with insights from their owners). The showcased gardens range from small suburban to large rural spaces, and include the author's own home garden 'laboratory'. Phillip's account of the design and construction of his award-winning garden at Chelsea is also featured.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • DALE VINES OUTDOOR RENO GUIDE
    DALE VINES OUTDOOR RENO GUIDE
    VINE DALE
    ISBN: 9781743795132
    Title: DALE VINES OUTDOOR RENO GUIDE
    Author: VINE DALE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nobody wants to spend time in a tired, uninspiring backyard. But how can you create an outdoor space that's beautiful and works for your needs? Landscaper and much loved The Block contestant, Dale Vine will help you create your dream garden with his Outdoor Reno Guide. From the initial vision to planning, budgeting and final execution, Dale demystifies the process of turning your humble garden into a space that you and your family want to spend time in, whether you're starting with bare ground or you are renovating an existing space.

    With clear examples, notes on common pitfalls and simple, step-by-step DIY projects, Dale provides the specific tips, tricks and advice essential for any landscaping project, from site analysis to lifestyle considerations to plant selection. His most important message: you need a plan. No matter its size or shape, you can transform your outdoor space from a neglected, untamed patch of dirt and weeds into something magical on any budget – and even small changes can turn a simple backyard into a photogenic sanctuary.

    Dale Vine’s Outdoor Reno Guide is an inspirational and instructive resource thanks to Dale's years of experience and expert knowledge. With great photos throughout, see the potential of your garden through the lens of an expert landscaper.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • DREAMSCAPES : Inspiration and Beauty in Gardens Near and Far
    DREAMSCAPES : Inspiration and Beauty in Gardens Near and Far
    TAKACS CLAIRE
    ISBN: 9781743793527
    Title: DREAMSCAPES : Inspiration and Beauty in Gardens Near and Far
    Author: TAKACS CLAIRE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Dreamscapes is a stunning collection of over fifty of the world’s most beautiful gardens from across the globe, photographed by internationally renowned and awarded photographer Claire Takacs. Dreamscapes includes many gardens designed by famous designers such as Piet Oudolf, Paul Bangay, and Spanish designer Fernando Martos among others, with photographed locations including Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Europe and Asia. This book will astound and delight you with the diversity and creativity of the gardens featured, all portrayed at that rare moment when they are at their most stunning.

    Iconic gardens included are the stunning Welsh garden Dyffryn Fernant, Australia's Cloudehill, Martha Stewart's private garden, the beautiful Edwardian idyll of Bryan's Ground in Herefordshire, the former home of Vita Sackville-West, Long Barn in Kent, the naturalistic French garden of Le Jardin Plume in Normandy, Hermannshof in Germany at the forefront of planting design, and Kenrokuen one of Japan's most beautiful public gardens.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • EDIBLE GARDEN COOKBOOK AND GROWING GUIDE
    EDIBLE GARDEN COOKBOOK AND GROWING GUIDE
    WEST PAUL
    ISBN: 9781760558109
    Title: EDIBLE GARDEN COOKBOOK AND GROWING GUIDE
    Author: WEST PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide is a book about growing food wherever you may be and however much space you have. It is about cooking simply with fresh, seasonal produce and about celebrating life through sharing food with friends and family and the community around you.

    The book has lots of practical gardening advice, with information on how to set up a garden using a sunny windowsill, courtyard, backyard and even no yard! There are step-by-step guides to building a no-dig garden and the best way to compost depending on the space you have, as well as an A-Z guide for growing the most popular veg. Paul then shares more than 70 simple, produce-driven recipes that are bursting with freshness and flavour. And finally, Paul looks at how to develop relationships around food and shares some wonderful ideas for various events, from throwing a pickle party and hosting a harvest festival to building a mud-brick oven in your backyard and inviting your neighbours over for a wood-fired pizza night!

    The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide is for everyone who is interested in food and community. It will inspire and give you confidence to try your hand at growing your own produce and making more of your own food, and help you to find real meaning in everyday life.

    Imprint: PLUM
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • GARDEN
    GARDEN
    DANGAR WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781760522766
    Title: GARDEN
    Author: DANGAR WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A lavishly photographed celebration of renowned Australian landscape designer William Dangar's unique and highly creative approach to garden making.

    William Dangar's Garden is a journey through a series of twenty-one inspiring, emotive and lyrical gardens. Each is photographed at its optimum moment - not when newly planted, but when nature has reasserted itself and there is a certain expressiveness, a sense of wildness, breaking through the original structure and order. Each project is described through Will's frank perspective, chronicling the challenges, the planting choices, the collaborations, the relationships and the joy that make these gardens significant.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • GARDEN CAN BY ANYWHERE
    GARDEN CAN BY ANYWHERE
    LAURI KRANZ
    ISBN: 9781419733192
    Title: GARDEN CAN BY ANYWHERE
    Author: LAURI KRANZ
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: February 2019 New Release



    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • GARDEN CHEF
    GARDEN CHEF
    ISBN: 9780714878225
    Title: GARDEN CHEF
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For many chefs, their gardens are a direct extension of their kitchens. Whether a small rooftop in the city for growing herbs and spices, or a larger plot with fruit trees and vegetables, these fertile spots provide the ingredients and inspiration for countless seasonal dishes.

    Here, for the first time, THE GARDEN CHEF presents fascinating stories and signature recipes from the kitchen gardens of more than 35 of the world's best chefs, both established and emerging talents, with a wealth of beautiful images to provide visual inspiration.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • GARDEN JUNGLE OR GARDENING TO SAVE THE PLANET
    GARDEN JUNGLE OR GARDENING TO SAVE THE PLANET
    GOULSON DAVE
    ISBN: 9781787331358
    Title: GARDEN JUNGLE OR GARDENING TO SAVE THE PLANET
    Author: GOULSON DAVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Garden Jungle is a wonderful introduction to the hundreds of small creatures with whom we live cheek-by-jowl, ranging from earwigs to worms to moths to hoverflies - and bees, of course -and of the myriad ways that we can encourage them to thrive.

    The Garden Jungle is about the wildlife that lives right under our noses, in our gardens and parks, between the gaps in the pavement, and in the soil beneath our feet. Wherever you are right now, the chances are that there are worms, woodlice, centipedes, flies, silverfish, wasps, beetles, mice, shrews and much, much more, quietly living within just a few paces of you.

    Dave Goulson gives us an insight into the fascinating and sometimes weird lives of these creatures, taking us burrowing into the compost heap, digging under the lawn and diving into the garden pond. He explains how our lives and ultimately the fate of humankind are inextricably intertwined with that of earwigs, bees, lacewings and hoverflies, unappreciated heroes of the natural world.

    The Garden Jungle is at times an immensely serious book, exploring the environmental harm inadvertently done by gardeners who buy intensively reared plants in disposable plastic pots, sprayed with pesticides and grown in peat cut from the ground. Goulson argues that gardens could become places where we can reconnect with nature and rediscover where food comes from. With just a few small changes, our gardens could become a vast network of tiny nature reserves, where humans and wildlife can thrive together in harmony rather than conflict.

    For anyone who has a garden, and cares about our planet, this book is essential reading.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • GARDENERS GARDEN
    GARDENERS GARDEN
    MUSGRAVE TOBY
    ISBN: 9780714874159
    Title: GARDENERS GARDEN
    Author: MUSGRAVE TOBY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The inspirational resource for garden designers and garden-lovers - now available in a compelling compact format.

    The ultimate garden book - both a collection of gardens from around the world and a resource for those seeking inspiration on garden design and planting. Featuring over 250 permanent gardens by leading garden designers, horticulturalists and landscape architects, from the 14th century to the present day, and covering all key types and styles of garden, this well-illustrated compendium combines images, text, key information and captions for each of the featured gardens, appealing to both amateur and professional gardeners, as well as garden designers.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • GARDENISTA
    GARDENISTA
    SLATALLA MICHELLE
    ISBN: 9781579656522
    Title: GARDENISTA
    Author: SLATALLA MICHELLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Our homes’ outdoor spaces can—and should—be as welcoming and carefully considered as our living rooms; when treated as extensions of our homes, these spaces enrich our lives immeasurably. That was the guiding principle when, under the direction of editor in chief Michelle Slatalla (whose New York Times style columns were weekly must-reads for a decade), the team behind Remodelista.com launched sister site Gardenista.com. Like Remodelista, Gardenista caters to an older, more established audience (75% of readers are over the age of 35) and is known for its sophisticated, well-edited aesthetic.

    The book contains lushly photographed tours of 12 enviable gardens; planting guides for a variety of climates and colour palettes; in-depth case studies on more than a dozen outdoor structures (from yoga studios to chicken coops); DIY projects and a guide to timeless everyday objects for the outdoors; plus advice from landscape professionals. Equal parts inspiration and expert intel, Gardenista is both a perfect starting point and an all-in-one bible.

    Imprint: ARTISAN
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
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