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  • Published: 27 October 2003
  • ISBN: 9780670041398
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $45.00

A Gardener's Log


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Edna Walling was one of Australia's great landscape designers. For gardeners and for garden-lovers alike, her name conjures up images of stone walls and steps, arching and scrambling roses, ornamental pools, drifts of ground cover – and, above all, a gentle wildness. She sought always through her designs to link house and garden, to make the outdoors a living space.Walling was also a gifted writer who managed to be both lyrical and engagingly straightforward. A Gardener's Log, first published in 1948, is a collection of her articles from the magazine Australian Home Beautiful. Described by Walling as 'the notebook of a garden-maker', it has the intimacy of a diary and the authority of a practical landscaping text. Well over half a century later A Gardener's Log – here deliciously redesigned while retaining the appeal of Walling's original photographs and plans – still has much to teach us.

  • Pub date: 27 October 2003
  • ISBN: 9780670041398
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $45.00

About the Author

Edna Walling

Edna Walling was born in England in 1895. She moved with her family to New Zealand, and later to Australia, during her teen years. After studying horticulture at Burnley College in Melbourne, she first worked as a gardener but began to be employed by architects as a garden designer. She wrote a regular column in Australian Home Beautiful from 1925 to 1950 and became a respected writer of books as well. The first of her several works was Gardens in Australia: Their Design and Care, published in 1943. A Gardener's Log appeared in 1948.Walling's distinctive gardens, her exquisite garden plans and her evocative writings have given her enduring and iconic status amongst gardeners, landscape designers, and architects.


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