Gardens

Six Square Metres by Margaret Simons  – Book Review by Meldi

Six Square Metres by Margaret Simons – Book Review by Meldi

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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…

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William Kent and the English idyll – The Quest for Nature

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William Kent English architect, interior designer, painter & landscape architect ‘leaped the fence’ & saw all nature was a garden’ & designed the perfect house

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French Garden Style – Josephine at Château de Malmaison

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Josephine, Empress of France from 1804 for over a decade cultivated her garden style at Chateau Malmaison, playing an important role in the evolution of botany

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Wild Medicine – Healing Plants at New York Botanical Garden

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The NYBG recently opened its annual summer exhibition Wild Medicine: Healing Plants Around The World, an ongoing narrative about the nature of modern society

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Empress Josephine at Château Malmaison – Woman of Influence

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An impressive woman, Josephine (as Napoleon decided she should be known), aided his route to power and had a profound influence on the future of horticulture

A Fascination for Flowers

A Fascination for Flowers

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The fascination for man with flowers has been their incredible ability to adapt when displaced from their original environment to another where they flourish and develop new characteristics to suit the regions in which they find themselves.  Primitive man, as a hunter and gatherer, was fully aware his existence relied…

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Claude Monet Captured & Conveyed First & Lasting Impressions

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Claude Monet captured and conveyed the illusionary mesmerizing momentary quality of his first and lasting impressions observed in his glorious garden at Giverny

Heaven Scent

Heaven Scent

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The human desire for more than a subsistence lifestyle is fulfilled, to a large degree, by the beauty and visual satisfaction we find in gardens. The organization of gardens at different times in history and in different places has been based on assumptions about ‘man’s relationship with nature’.  Gardens emphasize…

Finding Paradise on Earth

Finding Paradise on Earth

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From the earliest times gardens were associated with shade, running water; fragrance and fresh produce and therefore represented peace and prosperity. Each visit to a garden is a unique experience because its plants, ornaments, views and garden buildings appear in a sequence that can never exactly be repeated ever again….