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  • REMARKABLE TREES
    REMARKABLE TREES
    HARRISON CHRISTINA
    ISBN: 9780500021927
    Title: REMARKABLE TREES
    Author: HARRISON CHRISTINA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    To discover so many intriguing things about trees from around the world is truly wonderful. This beautifully illustrated book reveals just how much these useful, fascinating, dangerous yet beautiful living beings really contribute to our lives’ Dame Judi Dench

    More than 60,000 species of trees are found in an amazing variety of forms, sizes and habitats. Every tree has its own story and here are over 60, selected for their particular resonance and connection with humankind and representing most of the world’s major zones and ecologies. In portraits that combine vivid cultural and historical narrative with a firm scientific grounding, the authors reveal the details of trees from around the world, both familiar and strange. We use timbers for building and creating, have discovered which tree fruits and seeds taste delicious, and which can kill or cure us, and which species can add colour and spirituality to our lives – from the timber of mahogany to the delights of chocolate and pomegranate, from the medicinal tea tree to the deadly manchineel, and from fragrant frankincense to the highly prized dragon’s blood tree.

    Artists and botanists alike have been inspired by trees for centuries, and a varied and beautiful range of images from the unrivalled archive at Kew illustrate the stories, to create this enlightening and enchanting book.


    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • SCENTUAL GARDEN : Exploring the World of Botanical Fragrance
    SCENTUAL GARDEN : Exploring the World of Botanical Fragrance
    DRUSE KEN
    ISBN: 9781419738166
    Title: SCENTUAL GARDEN : Exploring the World of Botanical Fragrance
    Author: DRUSE KEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A complete illustrated survey of fragrance in the garden by America’s leading garden writer.

    Popular garden writer Ken Druse offers a complete survey of fragrance in the garden, in a major work filled with new knowledge. He arranges both familiar and unusual garden plants, shrubs, and trees into 12 categories, giving gardeners a vastly expanded palate of scents to explore and enjoy, and he also provides examples of garden designs that offer harmonious scentual delights. Ellen Hoverkamp contributes her artful botanical images of flowers and plants discussed in the text. These are accompanied by Druse’s award-winning garden photographs, to create a book that is as beautiful to look at as it is informative and evocative to read.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • SECRET GARDENERS
    SECRET GARDENERS
    SUMMERLEY VICTORIA
    ISBN: 9780711237636
    Title: SECRET GARDENERS
    Author: SUMMERLEY VICTORIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • SMALL GARDEN DESIGN
    SMALL GARDEN DESIGN
    BANGAY PAUL
    ISBN: 9780143785774
    Title: SMALL GARDEN DESIGN
    Author: BANGAY PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paul Bangay is renowned for the expansive and elegant gardens with classical lines and symmetrical plantings that he has created in Australia and all over the world. Yet gardens on this grand scale are not accessible to everyone. With more of us living in apartments, townhouses and terraces, our gardens are now being squeezed into small spaces such as balconies, courtyards, lightwells or rooftops - and this makes for challenging garden design. In Small Garden Design, Paul applies his 25 years of experience with gardens of all sizes to reveal how best to structure, design and choose plants for small spaces. Chapters on Balconies & Terraces, Rooftops, Inner City, Lightwells and Courtyards are lavishly illustrated with photos by Simon Griffiths and enhanced with lots of practical tips on plant types, paving, irrigation, soil, outdoor dining, lighting and making the space appear larger. In this accessible and practical book, Paul shows us 'how to make the most of the small space you have, and how to transform it into the paradise that we all aspire to?.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • 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
  • STORY OF GARDENING : A Cultural History Of Famous Gardens From Around The World
    STORY OF GARDENING : A Cultural History Of Famous Gardens From Around The World
    HOBHOUSE PENELOPE
    ISBN: 9781911595748
    Title: STORY OF GARDENING : A Cultural History Of Famous Gardens From Around The World
    Author: HOBHOUSE PENELOPE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fully updated and revised edition of a gardening classic.

    From the cooling fountains of the Alhambra to the imposing palace grounds of Chinese emperors and the clean lines of the formal French parterre, this inspiring history charts the fascinating evolution of gardening over thousands of years, bringing to life the world's most beautiful and magnificent gardens.The Story of Gardening explains the origins of the most influential gardening styles. Acclaimed garden designer and plantswoman Penelope Hobhouse draws on her extensive experience and shows you how an appreciation of style and techniques from all over the world helps us to understand how modern gardens have developed.
    Unrivalled in its coverage and written with the author's characteristic clarity and authority, this exceptional book is guaranteed to appeal to gardening enthusiasts or all ages and levels of expertise.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • TULIP : The Story of a Flower That Has Made Men Mad
    TULIP : The Story of a Flower That Has Made Men Mad
    PAVORD ANNA
    ISBN: 9781526602688
    Title: TULIP : The Story of a Flower That Has Made Men Mad
    Author: PAVORD ANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A twentieth anniversary edition of the classic, featuring new material by the author.

    Anna Pavord's internationally bestselling sensation, The Tulip, is the story of a flower that has driven men mad. Greed, desire, anguish, and devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip into a worldwide phenomenon. Today, the United States alone imports three thousand million tulip bulbs each year. No other flower has ever carried so much consequence; it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behavior, mirrors economic booms and busts, plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution.

    Why did the tulip dominate so many lives through so many centuries in so many countries? Anna Pavord, a self-confessed tulipomaniac, spent six years looking for answers, roaming through Asia, India, and the Ottoman Empire to tell how a humble wildflower of the Asian steppes made its way to Turkey and from there took the whole of Western Europe by storm.

    Sumptuously illustrated from a wide range of sources, this irresistible volume has become a bible, a unique source book, a universal gift book, and a joy to all who possess it. This beautifully redesigned edition features a new Preface by the author, a completely revised listing of the best varieties of this incomparable flower to choose for your garden, and a reorganized listing of tulip species, to reflect the latest thinking by taxonomists.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • 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
  • WATERWISE AUSTRALIAN NATIVE GARDEN : A practical guide to garden design plant selection and much more
    WATERWISE AUSTRALIAN NATIVE GARDEN : A practical guide to garden design plant selection and much more
    STEWART ANGUS / BISHOP A B
    ISBN: 9781760525552
    Title: WATERWISE AUSTRALIAN NATIVE GARDEN : A practical guide to garden design plant selection and much more
    Author: STEWART ANGUS / BISHOP A B
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2018 HMAA Laurel Award for best book

    First published as The Australian Native Garden

    There's never been a more crucial time to droughtproof your garden and to consider Australian native plants as a key component in your outdoor space. This award-winning practical volume, from two of the country's foremost horticultural experts, offers everything you need to know about designing and growing a garden that promotes careful water use and features Australian native plants in the home garden. Including information on the fundamentals of Australian soils, cultivation techniques, drainage, pruning, fertilising and maintenance, as well as creating a fire-resistant garden, establishing habitats attractive to native fauna and growing your own bush foods. The Waterwise Australian Native Garden is a highly illustrated, comprehensive showcase of the best plants to choose and the best gardens from which to draw inspiration. It's a must-have for garden lovers all over this wide, brown land.

    'If you're looking to improve or create a native garden, this is the book for you' - Australian Geographic

    'This is a book to treasure, and one that will be a companion for a lifetime' - Adelaide Advertiser

    'An authoritative reference for home gardeners everywhere' - Country Home Ideas

    Imprint: Murdoch Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $35.00
  • WEIRD PLANTS
    WEIRD PLANTS
    THOROGOOD CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781842466629
    Title: WEIRD PLANTS
    Author: THOROGOOD CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • WILD AT HOME : How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants
    WILD AT HOME : How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants
    CARTER HILTON
    ISBN: 9781782497134
    Title: WILD AT HOME : How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants
    Author: CARTER HILTON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Take a tour through Hilton’s own apartment and other lush spaces, filled with a huge array of thriving plants, and learn all you need to know to create your own urban jungle. As the owner of over 200 plants, Hilton feels strongly about the role of plants in one’s home – not just for the beauty they add, but for health benefits as well: ‘having plants in your home not only adds life, but changes the airflow throughout. It’s also a key design element when styling your place. For me, it wasn’t about just having greenery, but having the right variety of greenery. I like to see the different textures of foliage all grouped together. You take a fiddle leaf fig and sandwich it between a birds of paradise and a monstera and…. yes!’

    You will be armed with the know-how you need to care for your plants, where to place them, how to propagate, how to find the right pot, and much more, and most importantly, how to arrange them so that they look their best. Combine sizes and leaf shapes to stunning effect, grow your own succulents from leaf cuttings, create your own air plant display, and more.

    Imprint: CICO BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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