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The garden of ideas: four centuries of Australian style

Richard Aitken
HB $64.99, PB $49.99
The Miegunyah Press in association with the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 256pp Illustrated ISBN 9780522857504

Paperback 256pp Illustrated ISBN 9780522857788

From the imaginings of emigrant garden-makers of the late 18th-century to the concerns of 21st-century gardeners, this book charts its way across four centuries through a handsome and satisfying fusion of images and text.

The garden of ideas is embellished with an unparalleled array of images – paintings, drawings, prints, plans and photographs – each richly evocative of their time and most never previously published. Unearthed from around Australia, and many from overseas, these images carry the story of Australian garden style, criss-crossing social and cultural history across the wide extremes of our continent.

Richard Aitken brings fresh insights and presents our passion for garden-making with wit and flair.

Richard Aitken is a Melbourne-based architect, historian, curator and poeticist. His books include The Oxford companion to Australian gardens (2002), Gardenesque (2004) and Botanical riches (2006).

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