Reading the Garden

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, May 28, 2007 - Gardening - 284 pages
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Examining individual gardens, both public and private,æthisæbookæilluminates the meaning and uses of gardens and gardening in Australia from white settlement to the late 20th century. Exploring memory and belonging, domestication and civilization, nationalism and identity, the themesæare woven into a compelling narrative around gardens and landscape. The guide also explains how gardens have helped make meaning and home in a new place, enabled connections with the Australian environment or rejection of it, and facilitated the development of friendships and social connections.
 

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Contents

Preparing the Ground
7
Transforming the Past and Imagining the Future
25
Tending the Memory
42
Public Parks and Gardens in
57
Gardening for the Nation
81
Schooling the Gardener
108
The Public Park in the Twentieth
127
Garden as Memorial Memorial as Garden
146
Greening the Suburbs
167
Reimagining the Garden
196
Whither or Wither the Garden?
223
Notes
229
Bibliography
253
Picture Sources
273
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About the author (2007)

Katie Holmes is the author of Spaces in her Day, which was short listed for the Victorian Premiers awards,æand the coeditor of Freedom Bound 11. She is a senior lecturer in women's studies and history at La Trobe University and a former board member of the Australian Garden History Association. Sue Martin hasæpublished articlesæin The Victorian Naturalist and the prestigiousæjournal Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes. She is a senior lecturer in English at La Trobe University. Kylie Mirmohamadi has done extensive work onægardens and has an article on multiculturalism and garden metaphors in the forthcoming edition ofæStudies in Australian Garden History. She has also worked as a research associate on the Culture of Gardens project run by Katie Holmes and Sue Martin.

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