Australia's Quarter Acre: The Story of the Ordinary Suburban Garden

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Miegunyah Press, 2006 - Gardening - 231 pages
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A spirited defense of the home garden, this fascinating study explains how Australia became the world's first great suburban nation, why Aussies are so passionate about roses and gladioli, how social and economic developments have altered the layouts of front and back gardens, and reasons for the slow decline of the manicured lawn and the productive home vegetable-garden. The designs, plantings, and hidden meanings of the ordinary garden are thoroughly explored, and the book offers unique new perspectives on everything from fruit trees and woodsheds to rotary clotheslines and illuminated Santas at Christmas.

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User Review  - Keda - Goodreads

What a lovely book! I read it in just over two days, which is something of a record for me with non-fiction. I picked it up as part of a small pile of second hand gardening books because I was hooked ... Read full review


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\Peter Timms is the author of Australian Studio Pottery, Making Nature: Six Walks in the Bush, The Nature of Gardens, and What's Wrong with Contemporary Art?

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