Reading the Garden, the settlement of Australia, by Katie Holden, Susan K. Martin & Kylie Mirhomamadi

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reading-the-gardenReading the Garden was first published in 2008, but somehow I missed it and only discovered it when Emma Ashmere, author of The Floating Garden revealed in Meet an Aussie Author that she had been a researcher for the book.  I tracked it down at my local library that day and reserved it.  I have been fascinated by the history of gardening in Australia ever since I read Holly Kerr-Forsyth’s Remembered Gardens.

Alas, Reading the Garden turned out to be a disappointment, nothing to do with Emma’s research but rather everything to do with the use that’s been made of it.

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This is my garden in Autumn, looking out from our French windows. L to R: the edge of a small garden shed, and behind that (where you can’t see it) there’s one of our three water tanks.  There are citrus trees, lemon & lime, obscuring the BBQ; a grape vine on the pergola…

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2 responses to “Reading the Garden, the settlement of Australia, by Katie Holden, Susan K. Martin & Kylie Mirhomamadi

  1. What a lovely site outside your french windows. Much happiness to your for 2017!

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  2. Although I haven’t read the book, I support Lisa’s criticisms of the ideological and censorious tone of it. As a joint owner of Lisa’s garden, I enjoy the freedom to do whatever we bloody well like in our own backyard (as long as we don’t adversely affect our neighbours) and I don’t like being told that I can’t.

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