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  • LITTLE VEGGIE PATCH CO : An A-Z guide to growing food in small spaces
    LITTLE VEGGIE PATCH CO : An A-Z guide to growing food in small spaces
    PEMBER MAT /
    ISBN: 9781760982348
    Title: LITTLE VEGGIE PATCH CO : An A-Z guide to growing food in small spaces
    Author: PEMBER MAT /
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It doesn't matter whether you start with a couple of pots on the balcony, a crate or a whole garden bed - it's easier than you think to create your own edible garden. Grow the food you love to eat. Go on - get started now!

    After years of helping clients grow fruit and vegetables, the Little Veggie Patch Co. crew believe anyone can grow their own food, in most any area in Australia. And in this bestselling easy-to-use guide they show you how simple it is!

    Fundamentals such as Soil, Climate, Watering, Composting, Worm Farms, Saving and Sowing Seeds, and Raised Garden Beds and Crates are all covered comprehensively - each with fully illustrated step-by-step plans that show how to create your own little veggie patch in any space.

    A complete A-Z of Edible Plants gives you vital information on more than 40 vegetables (and fruit trees), including detailed planting information, ongoing maintenance advice, tips on best companions and when to harvest. And the Weekend Activities scattered throughout the book will get the kids involved too, whether they're Making a Scarecrow, Building a Spud Tower or Growing Beans in a Bean Can.

    Lots of fun, and packed full of all the knowledge you'll need - plus recipes and some hilarious stories - this colourful guide is for anyone interested in growing their own food.

    Imprint: PLUM
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • LIVING OUTSIDE : Reviving the Australian Modernist Garden
    LIVING OUTSIDE : Reviving the Australian Modernist Garden
    MACKAY SHARON
    ISBN: 9781760760557
    Title: LIVING OUTSIDE : Reviving the Australian Modernist Garden
    Author: MACKAY SHARON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    The Australian garden was born mid-20th-century, a time of postwar confidence and growing national identity. Gardens became outdoor rooms for recreation and healthy living – removing the barriers between inside and out – and bold designs celebrated native Australian plants.

    The mid-century modern aesthetic has seen a revival in recent years, with contemporary garden designers reinterpreting the optimism, innovation and independence of that era. The gardens in Living Outside speak to an Australia that draws on the confidence of the last century while pushing the boundaries of experimentation, all to rise to the environmental and social challenges of today.

    The featured projects embrace their unique landscapes, from coastal cliffs and expansive grassland to tropical forest and even urban neighbourhoods. They also reflect a return to modernism – not just the look and feel, but also the functionality and values of invention, conservation and wellbeing.

    These gardens are more than just ornamental backdrops: they provide shade for neighbourhoods, food for pollinating insects, habitat for wildlife, hubs for both social interaction and moments of respite. They are platforms for research into resilient futures, experiments in sustainability and places for families to grow. They have been designed in response to their contexts and exemplify the singular and joyous spaces that can result from a deep appreciation of place.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • LOOSE LEAF
    LOOSE LEAF
    BAE WONA
    ISBN: 9781743794548
    Title: LOOSE LEAF
    Author: BAE WONA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Observe nature, be inspired by it and start experimenting. These are the tenets upon which Loose Leaf was created by botanical designers Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler. In their stunning book, Loose Leaf, they show us the many ways we can get creative with nature. It’s filled with ways to bring the beauty of nature into our homes and our lives.

    Each chapter is dedicated to design with different natural materials such as cut flowers and foliage, sculptural medium and living plants. 10 projects explore the full range of Wona and Charlie's unique sculptures and botanical installations. In each project they show us practical ways to get creative with nature, including how to make items such as seasonal wreaths, hanging gardens, organic sculptures as well as the secrets behind their signature Monstera chandeliers.

    Loose Leaf harnesses the belief that by bringing the outside in through design with natural material such as plants and flowers, you can realise the importance of nature and learn its nobility. It showcases earthy and inventive flower and foliage arrangements for your home with basic information on the types of vegetation that work together harmoniously. From your own backyard to urban roadsides and far-flung coastlines, Loose Leaf’s incredible botanical art will kick-start your own ideas and creativity.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MAGIC LITTLE MEALS : Making the most of home-grown produce
    MAGIC LITTLE MEALS : Making the most of home-grown produce
    HOUBEIN LOLO
    ISBN: 9781743055793
    Title: MAGIC LITTLE MEALS : Making the most of home-grown produce
    Author: HOUBEIN LOLO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Warm, witty and wise, this practical garden-to-table cookbook will help you to not just grow your own food - but eat it, too.

    Put yourself in the expert hands of gardening guru Lolo Houbein, author of the international hit One Magic Square, and organic farmer Tori Arbon, of urban food-growing workshops Magic Harvest.

    Find out how to grow (and prepare) more than fifty fruits and vegetables, with recipes ranging from simple snacks and finger food to inventive soups and salads; and warming stews and curries, to dinner-party risottos and vegetable roasts. Whether your taste runs to French onion soup or Hungarian goulash, spanakopita or sweet potato fritters, you'll find bountiful ideas for turning your garden produce into delicious food.

    Magic Little Meals includes a host of bonus garden tips, on everything from edible garden activities for children to filling a raised garden bed.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • MID CENTURY MODERN GARDEN
    MID CENTURY MODERN GARDEN
    CLARKE ETHANE
    ISBN: 9780711238237
    Title: MID CENTURY MODERN GARDEN
    Author: CLARKE ETHANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Mid-Century Modern Garden links the design of homes and gardens popular during the mid-century period of 1940 - 1970 to contemporary style and the desire to create healthy, sustainable lives. A substantial introduction looks at the transformation of Modernism into Mid-Century Modern (MCM); the impact of war and how it led to the spread and development of modernism. There will be particular focus on Frank Lloyd Wright and Midwest modern, the arrival of Bauhaus on the East Coast of America, Post-War Suburbs and the rise of West Coast Ranch-style living.
    The book then outlines how to make a modern home landscape in the MCM style in six thematic chapters: the Outline: Plotting the lay of the land: Site, climate and indigenous flora. Soil and terrain The Plan: Designing for use and beauty: how to create meaningful relationships between the house and garden Inspiration Boards: Visualising a personal statement: Balancing richness with simplicity: Floors, walls, light, shade. Making it Sustainable: Under the hood maintenance matters: Irrigation, soil amendment, container planting. Materials: Textures, colours and shapes in hardscaping and planting schemes. Garden rooms: For outdoors living: kitchen, dining, relaxing, physical activity.
    Fully illustrated with archive and contemporary photographs and drawings in colour and black & white, all thematic chapters will include classic examples of mid-century architecture and landscaping accompanied by examples of gardens executed according to MCM principles, and drawn from the portfolios of contemporary designers in the USA, Europe and Pacific Rim.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • MR GUILFOYLES HONEYMOON : The Gardens of Europe & Great Britain
    MR GUILFOYLES HONEYMOON : The Gardens of Europe & Great Britain
    HILL DIANA EVELYN / CUDMORE EDMEE HELEN
    ISBN: 9780522874006
    Title: MR GUILFOYLES HONEYMOON : The Gardens of Europe & Great Britain
    Author: HILL DIANA EVELYN / CUDMORE EDMEE HELEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Explore the grand gardens and forests of Europe and Britain with esteemed landscape designer William Guilfoyle, as he did with his wife on their honeymoon.

    The Guilfoyles took their Grand Tour honeymoon in 1890, at the height of William's reputation as the architect of one of the world's great botanical masterpieces, Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens. His visits to impressive landscapes-as diverse as Kew Gardens, Versailles and the wild gardens of England-inspired a series of illustrated articles, which were published to great acclaim on his return to Australia.

    Imprint: MIEGUNYAH PRESS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • MY SUBURBAN FARM
    MY SUBURBAN FARM
    COSTA AINSLEE
    ISBN: 9781922400253
    Title: MY SUBURBAN FARM
    Author: COSTA AINSLEE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    While most Australians live in capital cities, at one time or another we all covet the charm and slower pace of country living. A tree change isn't feasible for most suburbanites, so why not combine the best of both worlds at home?

    My Suburban Farm is a gorgeous guide to injecting the rustic romance, craft aesthetic and homegrown joy of rural life into your own suburban nook. From the rewards of growing your own veggies to the meditative delights of craft, this book celebrates everything handmade and homegrown, with Ainslee Costa, the creator of the hugely popular My Suburban Farm Instagram account.

    - Craft tips, in everything from candle-making to silversmithing

    - Stunning photography

    - Recipes - preserving and making the most of homegrown produce

    - Amazing results from a can-do attitude

    - Advice on how to mix and match for that soothing country aesthetic

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • NATIVE : Art and Design with Australian Plants
    NATIVE : Art and Design with Australian Plants
    HERD KATE / IVANKOVIC-WATERS JELA
    ISBN: 9781760760809
    Title: NATIVE : Art and Design with Australian Plants
    Author: HERD KATE / IVANKOVIC-WATERS JELA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    Winner of the Indie Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction 2018 and Shortlisted for ABIA Illustrated Book of the Year 2018

    Australia has long been known as home to the towering gum and the gnarly banksia. Australian natives are as emblematic as they are adaptable but Native takes an old subject (Australian natives) and gives it a complete makeover. This book surveys the ways native trees, shrubs, flowers and foliage can be put to surprising and beautiful uses by some of the most creative people working with plants today.

    Interviews with celebrated landscape designers, artists and gardeners – including Fiona Brockhoff, Janet Laurence and Tracey Deep – bring to light so many ways to celebrate the sculptural natives that shape our everyday spaces.

    This richly illustrated book is the ideal source when seeking the perfect feature plant for a space of any size. With stunning photography of gardens old and new, this book captures the most creatively inspiring Australian plants and the people who work with them.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • NATIVE TREES AND SHRUBS OF SOUTH EASTERN AUSTRALIA
    NATIVE TREES AND SHRUBS OF SOUTH EASTERN AUSTRALIA
    COSTERMANS LEON
    ISBN: 9781877069703
    Title: NATIVE TREES AND SHRUBS OF SOUTH EASTERN AUSTRALIA
    Author: COSTERMANS LEON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Virtually all species of native trees and larger shrubs in this area are described in a scientifically accurate, but accessible, style.

    Native Trees and Shrubs of South-Eastern Australia embraces an area that stretches from the Flinders and Mt Lofty Ranges in South Australia, across Victoria and southern New South Wales to the NSW South Coast. It records the land and its vegetation in a scientifically accurate, but accessible, style. Virtually all species of native trees and larger shrubs in this area are described, and their occurrences are related to the features of their environments – events of the past, geology, landforms, soil and climatic conditions.

    In a systematic sequence, every species is illustrated and accompanied by a distribution map. Descriptive information is concise, and carefully researched. There are more than 300 colour plates and over 160 photographs.

    The brief descriptions of places of special interest, as well as the eight regional 'guide-lists' that cover the coast, hills and ranges, high-mountain country, and various inland areas, assist anyone exploring such regions to identify the trees and shrubs.

    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $46.99

    Price: $46.99
  • NICOLE DE VESIAN - GARDENS : Modern Design in Provence
    NICOLE DE VESIAN - GARDENS : Modern Design in Provence
    JONES LOUISA
    ISBN: 9782330120375
    Title: NICOLE DE VESIAN - GARDENS : Modern Design in Provence
    Author: JONES LOUISA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2019 New Release

    Newly updated edition of the first book in French and English devoted to Nicole de Vésian and her work

    After a career as a designer working for the great design houses, especially Hermès, Nicole de Vésian (1916-1996) moved to Provence and created her first garden. Her green and grey tapestry-gardens soon inspired gardeners and landscapers around the world. Today, few gardens have been imitated as readily as those of Nicole de Vésian, because, writes Louisa Jones, ‘she has a feeling for space like musicians have a feeling for music.’ Her finest work was La Louve, her own garden in Bonnieux, a hilltop village in the Luberon area of Provence.

    On the narrow terraces around her Bonnieux home, Nicole de Vésian created her own very personal garden in a minimal but far from austere style, composed mainly of heath-land plants (varieties of thyme, lavender, rosemary, rockrose and box tree), in which she pruned all her plants to cushion shapes of varying, yet superbly proportioned sizes. Nicole de Vésian advises us to ‘learn to listen to the soil.’ Her plant sculptures are always somehow a reference to the wild hills of the surrounding countryside, reflecting an age-old Mediterranean landscape mindset, with a distinctly modern twist.

    The work is also a tribute to Nicole de Vésian and her life. Her close friend, Louisa Jones, shares her own thoughts on the work of this atypical creator, accompanied by accounts from her friends and pupils: Christian Lacroix, the nursery owner Jean-Marie Rey, the landscape artists Arnaud Maurières, Éric Ossart and Marc Nucera, as well as the garden historians Roy Strong and John Brookes.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • PLANT HUNTERS
    PLANT HUNTERS
    FRY CAROLYN
    ISBN: 9780233005164
    Title: PLANT HUNTERS
    Author: FRY CAROLYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Plant Hunters tells the story of our fascination with plants and the discovery of new species. From ancient times, when Alexander the Great included naturalists in his entourage, this intriguing story moves across the world, as plants such as coconut trees, roses and numerous fruits and vegetables were introduced from one country to another.

    The book traces the establishment of botanical gardens and the discovery through exploration of plants that made or broke economies, for instance tulips, tea and rubber. Travelling right around the world and throughout history, this is the tale of the botanical pioneers who changed the face of landscapes.

    Imprint: ANDRE DEUTSCH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • PLANT SOCIETY : Create an Indoor Tropical Oasis for Your Urban Space
    PLANT SOCIETY : Create an Indoor Tropical Oasis for Your Urban Space
    CHONGUE JASON
    ISBN: 9781743793435
    Title: PLANT SOCIETY : Create an Indoor Tropical Oasis for Your Urban Space
    Author: CHONGUE JASON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Plant Society is your 101 guide on how to care for and decorate your home with indoor plants.

    Even if you've killed every house plant in the past, plant cultivator and stylist Jason Chongue will show you that it's really not that difficult to keep them happy. Covering everything from basic plant care and re-potting, to plants suited to pets and propagating, this book will help rid you of your fear of gardening and inspire you to create your very own indoor rainforest.

    There are profiles of 25 ideal indoor plants, organised from the most low-maintenance species through to the more exotic and labour-intensive plants. On top of this, the book offers styling advice including how to decorate different rooms in your home with plants, as well as suggestions on pots and planters to give your plants more personality. Throughout the book, you'll also find interviews with “plant people” from around the world, who provide an insight into their unique relationships with house plants.

    Indoor gardening has never been so easy!

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • PLANT STYLE : How to Greenify Your Space
    PLANT STYLE : How to Greenify Your Space
    LANGAN ALANA
    ISBN: 9780500501030
    Title: PLANT STYLE : How to Greenify Your Space
    Author: LANGAN ALANA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ferns are back in the bathroom, cacti are sitting on plant stands and devil's ivy are cascading from hangers. Indoor plants are the ultimate accessory. Softening interiors and readily available, they are a stylist's best friend. This is a charming guide on how to turn your home into a calming retreat.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • PLANT THERAPY : How an indoor green oasis can improve your mental and emotional wellbeing
    PLANT THERAPY : How an indoor green oasis can improve your mental and emotional wellbeing
    COOPER KATIE
    ISBN: 9781784883522
    Title: PLANT THERAPY : How an indoor green oasis can improve your mental and emotional wellbeing
    Author: COOPER KATIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Plant Therapy showcases the theory behind the recent surge in the 'self-care' approach to living with plants, no matter what your environment. We all know that being in or surrounded by nature is good for our health, but few of us take the time to understand why. As urbanisation swallows up ecosystems, and humans move away from the environments they've adapted to, it has never been more important to understand the relationship between plants and people.

    Broken down into three chapters: The Human-Nature Relationship, Living with Plants and an informative 'Plantopedia', the book first explains how we have come to exist in an environment that is at odds with our mental, emotional and physical needs, then explores how we can readjust this balance, before showcasing plants that help us to breathe, restore balance, and boost our wellbeing.

    A stylish yet practical book, Plant Therapy brings together two major trends - house plants and wellbeing - and enhances the value of both through making clear their connection with one another. When research has shown that the presence of plants can decrease blood pressure, increase productivity, and calm anxiety, both at home and at work, why wouldn't you pick up this book and create your own calming oasis?

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • PLANT TRIBE : Living Happily Ever After with Plants
    PLANT TRIBE : Living Happily Ever After with Plants
    JOSIFOVIC IGOR
    ISBN: 9781419740411
    Title: PLANT TRIBE : Living Happily Ever After with Plants
    Author: JOSIFOVIC IGOR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This new book by the authors of the bestselling Urban Jungle addresses the life-changing magic of living with and caring for plants. Aimed at a wider audience than typical houseplant books, each chapter combines easily digestible plant knowledge, style guidance via real home interiors, and inspiring advice for using plants to increase energy, creativity, and well-being and to attract love and prosperity. Also included: real-world @urbanjungleblog followers' FAQs; a section on plants and pets; and plant care for the different stages of a houseplant's life. The focus is on using plants to raise the positive energy of every room in the house and to live happily ever after with plants.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 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
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