A most ancient reference to gardens comes to us from the book Genesis, the first book of the Bible. In it we find the legendary figures of Adam and Eve with the tree of the fruit of knowledge or good and evil in the Garden of Eden. God places Adam in the Garden of Eden meaning a place of delight and pleasure. He lives there filled with wisdom and beauty and is innocent of power and/or of evil. Such stories as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden are some of the earliest rationalisations to explain humankind’s very existence here on earth. It is important to clarify the use of the word legend, as some people may be fearful we are suggesting a lack of truth. Originally a legend was understood to be an illustrative story to convey a profound spiritual truth in an attempt to explain the inexplicable.
Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.
Her day job is as the Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. Her personal sanctuary is her vegetable garden in an inner city suburb of Melbourne which comprises six square metres. Reading this book on gardening – which Margaret Simons cautions early on is…