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Sunday's garden: growing Heide

Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan
Published by the Miegunyah Press in association with Heide Museum of Modern Art and the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 288pp Illustrated ISBN 9780522858761

When Sunday and John Reed purchased Heide, now the site of Heide Museum of Modern Art, it was a neglected former dairy farm. At the end of their lives, it was unique among Melbourne's parklands, densely forested with exotic and native flora, and with a stunningly beautiful cottage-style kitchen garden — in all an extraordinary accomplishment, the result of 50 years of vision, dedication and sheer hard work.

 The Reeds moulded Heide into a personal Eden, connecting art with nature and creating a nourishing environment for the artists they championed — Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, Charles Blackman and Mirka Mora among them.

Sunday’s Garden explores the growing of Heide, and in doing so fully restores the Heide garden into the literature surrounding this inspiring site, its creators and the makers of its myths.

Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan are curators at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. In 2010 they co-authored Sunday’s kitchen: food and living at Heide.

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