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Landscape Gardening in Australia.

LANDSCAPE GARDENING IN AUSTRALIA by Thomas Shepherd Canberra, Mulini Press, 2006

Here is another gardening book. It was first published in 1836 in Sydney by the Scottish Landscape Gardener Thomas Shepherd who established the first commercial Garden Nursery in what is now Chippendale in Sydney. He called his nursery the Darling Nursery in honour of Governor Darling who encouraged him to settle and provide garden plants and trees for the colonists. This was his second book; his first was Australia's first gardening book.

In the Landscape Gardening book he outlines his training as a landscape gardener and the principles he applied to creating a garden. In addition he describes how a new settler could develop an estate and a landscape garden. Importantly he was the first to argue against the cutting down of gum trees and claimed they should be used as part of the structure of an Australian garden. His book gives a description of two early Sydney gardens, Elizabeth Bay garden and another called Lyndhurst in the present suburb of Glebe. Both gardens have gone but the two beautiful old houses survive.

The book is reproduced as a facsimile of the original. It is an interesting example of the art of printing in early Sydney with all its imperfections. The original book is now considered an Australian Rare Book.

Now available from the Mulini Press at a mere $40.00
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Publication:M A R G I N: life & letters in early Australia
Date:Nov 1, 2006
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