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  • PLANTING DREAMS : SHAPING AUSTRALIAN GARDENS
    PLANTING DREAMS : SHAPING AUSTRALIAN GARDENS
    AITKEN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781742234649
    Title: PLANTING DREAMS : SHAPING AUSTRALIAN GARDENS
    Author: AITKEN RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • PLANTING FOR HONEYBEES : The grower's guide to creating a buzz
    PLANTING FOR HONEYBEES : The grower's guide to creating a buzz
    WYNDHAM LEWIS SARAH
    ISBN: 9781787131460
    Title: PLANTING FOR HONEYBEES : The grower's guide to creating a buzz
    Author: WYNDHAM LEWIS SARAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Of the 25,000 known species of bee worldwide, only seven species are honeybees.

    Bees and plants have a sophisticated and delicate symbiosis. In recent years, the shrinking of green spaces has endangered the honeybee. Now Planting for Honeybees shows you how you can help these delightful pollinators to flourish by creating a garden as a habitat for them.

    No matter how small or large your space – from a window ledge in the city to a country garden – Sarah Wyndham Lewis offers practical advice on which plants to grow, and when and where to plant them.

    Charmingly illustrated with delicate drawings, this a jewel of a guide to treasure.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PRICK : Cacti and Succulents - Choosing Styling Caring
    PRICK : Cacti and Succulents - Choosing Styling Caring
    LEON GYNELLE
    ISBN: 9781784723675
    Title: PRICK : Cacti and Succulents - Choosing Styling Caring
    Author: LEON GYNELLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A modern guide to the fashionable world of houseplants.

    Cacti and succulents are the plant of the moment. Beautiful, affordable and - if you know how - easy to care for, they're a short cut to creating brighter, calmer, more relaxing spaces in the home and office.

    In PRICK, cactus and succulent expert Gynelle Leon gives you all the knowledge you need to help your plants thrive in a simple, easy-to-understand way - from a plant gallery showcasing all the weird and wonderful varieties, to straightforward advice on how to choose, care for and style your plant for maximum impact.

    As an RHS-award-winning plant photographer and founder of London's only shop dedicated to cacti and succulents, Gynelle is full of useful information and fascinating facts about all things succulent.

    Imprint: MITCHELL BEAZLEY
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • PRODUCE COMPANION : From Balconies to Backyards -  The Complete Guide to growing pickling and preserving
    PRODUCE COMPANION : From Balconies to Backyards - The Complete Guide to growing pickling and preserving
    KIRTON MEREDITH / SINCLAIR MANDY
    ISBN: 9781743794036
    Title: PRODUCE COMPANION : From Balconies to Backyards - The Complete Guide to growing pickling and preserving
    Author: KIRTON MEREDITH / SINCLAIR MANDY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether you have grown your own glorious fruits and vegetables, or picked up a box of seasonal delights from a farmers’ market, great produce need never go to waste with The Produce Companion. It is the essential guide for anyone who wants to learn the classic skills of growing, pickling and preserving.

    Divided into two handy parts, this flexibound edition of The Produce Companion is a beautifully crafted food and gardening title that guides you through cultivating a home garden, then gives you innovative ideas for what to do with the produce. The Garden section includes comprehensive notes for growing produce, such as choice of varieties to extend seasons, when to pick fruits and vegetables, methods for harvesting, and how to store different ingredients. The Recipes section features more than 100 recipes that show you what to do with each season’s glut: from drinks and syrups, jams and jellies, and confit and preserves, to sauces and salsas, pickles and chutneys, pastes and pestos, and vinegars and salts.

    Beautifully illustrated and photographed, The Produce Companion is the perfect guide to making the most of your garden bounty!

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ROOT NURTURE GROW : The Essential Guide to Propagating and Sharing Houseplants
    ROOT NURTURE GROW : The Essential Guide to Propagating and Sharing Houseplants
    LANGTON CARO
    ISBN: 9781787132184
    Title: ROOT NURTURE GROW : The Essential Guide to Propagating and Sharing Houseplants
    Author: LANGTON CARO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Learn how to grow and nurture new plants from old.

    Life with a potted plant is undeniably better. And better yet is the ability to grow and replicate new, healthy houseplants without ever having to visit a garden centre again. Learn to share, swap and celebrate the miraculous methods of multiplying all of your favourites at almost no cost at all. And here’s the secret: it’s really, really easy. Plants are designed to multiply. They spread their roots, send off inquisitive shoots, and regenerate themselves in all sorts of exciting and unexpected ways without any help. Even for the beginner indoor gardener, a single leaf can hold enough life to be successfully grown into a brand new plant. With Root, Nurture, Grow, you’ll quickly discover how to propagate any houseplant, take cuttings, cultivate runners and offsets, divide plants at the roots and even grow brand new root systems in the air. You’ll learn pruning methods that produce no waste, organic rooting medium recipes, and eventually enjoy gifting and swapping newly grown greenery with friends, family and other houseplant hoarders you’ll meet along the way. As well as myriad propagation methods, the book includes practical DIY projects to better nurture and display your plant family, including a homemade propagation chamber and simple self-watering planters.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ROSE
    ROSE
    ELLIOTT BRENT
    ISBN: 9780233004907
    Title: ROSE
    Author: ELLIOTT BRENT
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This remarkable book reveals the history of the rose through the tale of 40 of the most popular and interesting species and hybrids. Arranged chronologically in the order in which a particular rose arrived in European gardens, the book also covers the history of the layout of rose gardens, discusses the various myths about the history and introduction of roses and the confusion over the identity of roses in the Renaissance and looks at the role that roses play in the 'language of flowers'.
    Each chapter features expert text by Dr Brent Elliott, Historian at the RHS and extracts from texts to be found in the Lindley Library. Each of the roses is illustrated with extraordinarily beautiful images from the library, and the book comes in a beautiful slipcase with 40 beautifully reproduced prints of each of the 40 flowers. These can be framed, to allow the reader to truly appreciate these magnificent plants.

    Imprint: ANDRE DEUTSCH
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • SECRET GARDENERS
    SECRET GARDENERS
    SUMMERLEY VICTORIA
    ISBN: 9780711237636
    Title: SECRET GARDENERS
    Author: SUMMERLEY VICTORIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The Secret Gardeners is a captivating photographic portrait of the private gardening passions of 25 of the UKs foremost artists, designers, actors, producers, composers, playwrights, sculptors and fashion designers. Accompanying meaty essays explaining the owners inspiration and passion are photographs revealing the beautiful gardens that the public rarely see. The Secret Gardeners include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Anish Kapoor, Jeremy Irons, Cath Kidston, Terry Gilliam, Prue Leith, Ozzy Osbourne, Sting, Julian Fellowes and Rupert Everett.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • SECRET GARDENS
    SECRET GARDENS
    CANTWELL MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781742571775
    Title: SECRET GARDENS
    Author: CANTWELL MATTHEW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From pint-sized gardens to rambling grounds, Secret Gardens is a visual feast of contemporary residential landscaping, offering a rich resource of inspiration to readers, regardless of the size of their own patch of potential paradise. This book tells a story in pictures, with luscious photography of 24 of Secret Gardens' favourite projects.

    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • SLOW DOWN AND GROW SOMETHING : The Urban Grower's Recipe for the Good Life
    SLOW DOWN AND GROW SOMETHING : The Urban Grower's Recipe for the Good Life
    SMITH BYRON
    ISBN: 9781760631765
    Title: SLOW DOWN AND GROW SOMETHING : The Urban Grower's Recipe for the Good Life
    Author: SMITH BYRON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A blueprint for living the good life in the city - how to grow the easiest food plants in small spaces and recipes to make the most of them

    Backyards, rooftops, courtyards and balconies are sprouting with herbs, ballooning with fruit and bursting with vegies across our urban landscapes. Slowly, but we certainly believe surely, people are embracing the joy of gardening and the more relaxed lifestyle it brings. There is a change in the air and we are excited to watch it unfold.

    Enter the completely addictive world of urban growing, where you can pocket a slice of farm life in the city, even if just for a few minutes a day. Growing your own lemongrass for a mojito or rhubarb to make jam isn't just about producing food, rewarding though that is. It's an antidote to the relentless pursuit to 'do it all'. It doesn't matter the size of your space, or your skill, the garden is a place for everyone.

    Expert horticulturalist Byron Smith has created urban food oases in even the tiniest of plots and in this book he gives you the know-how to grow your favourite ingredients as well as killer recipes to make the most of your harvest. So tuck this book under your arm and grab a beverage with the other - the time to slow down and grow is now. The good life is waiting for you.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SOPHIES PATCH : Inspiration and Practical Ideas From the Popular Gardening Australia Presenter
    SOPHIES PATCH : Inspiration and Practical Ideas From the Popular Gardening Australia Presenter
    THOMSON SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9780733337949
    Title: SOPHIES PATCH : Inspiration and Practical Ideas From the Popular Gardening Australia Presenter
    Author: THOMSON SOPHIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A gorgeous, inspirational and fun gardening book jam-packed with ideas, tips, projects and great advice all based on Sophie's own garden in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

    Sophie has transformed what was once a dry, windswept cow paddock surrounding her historic stone cottage into a lush garden. But it's not a mere showplace - it's a working garden that reflects all Sophie's passions: a kids' garden, an 'obsessive-compulsive' gardener's treasure trove, a recycled/repurposed garden, a haven for beneficial insects & bees, and a productive garden supplying her family with fruit, veg and eggs year-round. It's also a work in progress that everyone can learn from, including:

    - Sophie's 10 guiding principles (including soil, climate and waterwise gardening)
    - Top tips for planning your patch - from design principles to plant selection
    - Sophie's favourite plants - from top trees to great groundcovers
    - The edible garden
    - Garden structures that reduce, reuse and recycle
    - Kids in the garden
    - Wildlife gardening

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • TERRARIUM : 33 Glass Gardens to Make Your Own
    TERRARIUM : 33 Glass Gardens to Make Your Own
    BAUER ANNA
    ISBN: 9781452170091
    Title: TERRARIUM : 33 Glass Gardens to Make Your Own
    Author: BAUER ANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This comprehensive guide to the world of terrariums details every part of creating highly unusual and beautiful miniature indoor gardens. Easy to make, these 33 unique terrarium projects are inspired by ecosystems around the world, including a fern-filled Black Forest from Germany, a delicate bonsai garden from Kyushu in the south of Japan, and a tableau of olive and thyme from the shores of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Lush photography and helpful insider tips and tricks round out this one-of-a-kind handbook. With a variety of projects and plenty of step-by-step instructions covering every element of crafting a terrarium, anyone can fashion a stunning piece of living art.

    Imprint: CHRONICLE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • TOMATO : Know Sow Grow Feast
    TOMATO : Know Sow Grow Feast
    WOODWARD PENNY ET AL
    ISBN: 9780646982748
    Title: TOMATO : Know Sow Grow Feast
    Author: WOODWARD PENNY ET AL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tomato: know, sow, grow, feast is a new hardback book celebrating Australian heirloom tomatoes. These colourful heritage gems are full to bursting with juicy deliciousness and are enjoying a renaissance in Australia today. Inspired by this, horticultural expert and author, Penny Woodward thought it timely to create this book brimming with information about heirloom tomatoes, so that tomato lovers throughout Australia could identify, learn to grow and enjoy them. Tomato explains why a ‘red tomato is red’, why ‘real tomatoes’ taste so good, and why tomatoes are so ‘good for you’. The book also leads both experienced and aspiring gardeners through the practice of organic heirloom tomato growing and explores the history of heirloom tomato varieties in Australia. The book also provides, for the first time, a comprehensive description and extensive illustrated list of the more than 220 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes available from seed suppliers in Australia today. What also sets Tomato apart, is the book’s extensive list and description of heirloom tomato pests and diseases, painstakingly researched by gardening expert Karen Sutherland, that includes an indispensable pest and disease chart to help gardeners identify and control them. Uniquely too, for a gardening book, Tomato includes a substantial dedicated cooking and recipe section, where internationally award-winning cookbook author, Janice Sutton, explains not only how to preserve tomatoes and create the perfect tomato passatta, but also delves into the enticing realm of heirloom tomato variety flavours.

    The cooking section also contains more than 60 delicious recipes (each with its own beautiful full-page image) shared by a raft of talented chefs, cooks and passionate tomato lovers from throughout Australia and beyond - including some of Australia’s most respected culinary icons: Peter Gilmore, Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer, Sally Wise, Christine Manfield, Mark Olive, Matthew Evans and the Agrarian Kitchen’s Rodney Dunn.

    'This is the ultimate book on tomatoes, brimming with information based on experience. It covers everything anyone ever needed to know about selecting, growing and using the best and tastiest tomatoes in all districts and climates.' — Gardening Australia presenter Peter Cundall

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • TREE
    TREE
    WOLDENDORP RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781925591699
    Title: TREE
    Author: WOLDENDORP RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this spectacular volume, acclaimed landscape photographer Richard Woldendorp AM, best known for his book Down to Earth with Tim Winton, explores Australian trees of all shapes and sizes. From abstract close-ups to aerials, Woldendorp's images reveal the beauty and wonder of trees.

    Imprint: FREMANTLE ART CENTRE PR.
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • URBAN ARBOREAL : A Modern Glossary of City Trees
    URBAN ARBOREAL : A Modern Glossary of City Trees
    JORDAN MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781781317419
    Title: URBAN ARBOREAL : A Modern Glossary of City Trees
    Author: JORDAN MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A selection of 70 urban-dwelling trees from across the world that celebrates the beauty and cultural importance of these botanical giants.
    Trees are an important part of the life of many cities.


    Whether in avenues or parks they provide shade, a green resting place for the eye, comfort for the mind, and as we increasingly know from research, help keep the atmosphere cool and fresh. Some cities are famous for a particular species, such as the orange trees of Seville, Londons plane trees, or Washington DC's cherry blossoms, whereas others are renowned for trees in general, such as the remarkable diversity to be found in Delhi.Urban Arboreal looks at city trees and their stories in all their complexity how they have become synonymous with their cities is often an untold story. By knowing more about these trees we come to know more about the very spaces we inhabit, or wish we did! It celebrates their glories and the symbolic place they have in the lives of city dwellers, and at how they are increasingly seen as important allies in improving the quality and health of the urban environment. Above all, this is a clarion call for bringing more life into urban communities. Through 70 trees we travel the world and come to learn the hidden histories that are wrapped up in these botanical giants.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • URBAN BOTANICS
    URBAN BOTANICS
    SIBLEY EMMA
    ISBN: 9781781316535
    Title: URBAN BOTANICS
    Author: SIBLEY EMMA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Driven by the beautiful artwork of Maaike Koster (illustrator and interior designer), alongside Emma Sibley's (founder of UK-based London Terrariums) text, this collection of stunning illustrations is accompanied by thoughtful information. Each plant is rendered in considered detail, facing a paragraph on its origins, care tips and any information about fellow species. The joy of these plants is that they are easy to maintain, and everyone has access to them - you no longer need to have a back garden to turn your hand to this green-fingered past time. Succulents, cacti, flowering and foliage plants are growing everywhere; in our homes, work places, bars and shops. Their ubiquity is adding interest, tranquillity and colour in every corner of our lives. Across 70 different plants, originating from every corner of the world, Maaike and Emma have collected a wide variety to tempt even the most timid of gardeners. For those with a full-time job along with everything else, Urban Botanics is made to fit alongside our modern-day schedules. Even if the closest you ever get to one of these plants is turning these pages, you will find much to admire and inspire in the striking illustrations. A must for lovers of art and verdant foliage alike.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WEIRD PLANTS
    WEIRD PLANTS
    THOROGOOD CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781842466629
    Title: WEIRD PLANTS
    Author: THOROGOOD CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    Plants trick, kill, steal and kidnap, and this unique book explores a fascinating world in which plants have turned the tables on animals.

    For the first time, this extraordinary compilation showcases weird, mysterious and bizarre plants from around the world.

    Plants trick, kill, steal and kidnap, and this unique book explores a fascinating world in which plants have turned the tables on animals. Author Chris Thorogood showcases these plant behaviours, the interrelationships among plants, the interdependencies between plants and animals, and the intrigue of plant evolution.

    All types of weird and sinister are featured in this book, from carnivorous plants that drug, drown and consume unsuspecting insect prey; giant pitcher plants that have evolved toilets for tree shrews; flowers that mimic rotting flesh to attract pollinating flies, and orchids that duplicitously look, feel and even smell like a female insect to bamboozle sex-crazed male bees.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
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