This inspirational double dvd is available from the Sunshine Coast Library Service. Paul and I have just watched it and were quite inspired to view our garden with seasonal eyes and look at all the seasonal jobs that need to be done, the cutting back, the planting and the enjoyment month by month. I though what was most inspiring was the personalities that we met throughout the series. The tree people, the collectors, the botanical artists, the palm house personnel, the annual garden experts, all who were passionate about their particular craft. It made me think we should have a register of our own members and the skills they have. I know we have a retired botanical artist in our group. Please watch this dvd and get inspired to see your garden in a new light.
GARDENS IN MY YEAR by Holly Kerr Forsyth is a beautiful hardcover book highlighting Australian Gardens. Holly writes for the Weekend Australian Review and this book is a collection of some lovely Australian Gardens that she has highlighted in her articles. Holly presents her own evocative photography and reveals her love of gardens through her own words. Some of Australia's keenest gardeners share their gardening passions with readers, as well as gardening secrets and helpful tips.
Book of the Month - April 2012
Penelope Hobhouse's Garden Designs, looks at urban sites, gardens in London and Hamburg, a courtyard garden in Paris and a herb garden in New York City. There are small country gardens in Somerset and Gloucestershire, a windswept Scottish island garden, planted cliff terraces, a flower-clad pergola and a rural vegetable garden. More ambitious schemes include a garden for the Queen Mother. Her gardens are designed for low maintenence. There are quite a few beautiful gardens from USA both east and west coast.
* professional scale drawing and planting plans for a wide range of sites, climates and purposes
* specially commissioned colour photographs of the gardens, with close - ups of companion plantings
* design solutions and planting schemes for difficult sites
* colour themed planting plans for sunny and shady flower beds
* down to earth practical advice on planning for low maintenance.
A lovely book to browse through on these long, wet Queensland afternoons!
This book by Peter Watts gives us an insight into the life and the gardens of Edna Walling, who lived her final years on Buderim. She designed some of our lovely gardens here and was noted for her use of free standing walls. We have seen some of these gardens on our Garden Workshops. Her influence can also be seen in the Foote Sanctuary. This book starts off in Chapter One,
"My father thought I would be a boy (he had one girl so why not!) and he went right ahead with his preconceived ideas on "how to bring a boy up hardy" in spite of the turn of events he went straight ahead....."
A facinating look at Edna and her experiences and her great talent.
This book by Elizabeth Blackall is a celebration of gardens and gardeners in poetry and prose. It also shows some wonderful illustrations of garden design that would have appeared in 17th and 18th Century books on Garden Design. It gives us an insight into Capability Brown and Alexander Pope, garden designers of the 18th Century.
"I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs."
Addison - 1672-1719.
How DO we value our birds in our gardens today?! (2012)
This wonderful DVD is available from the Sunshine Coast Regional Library. It highlights eight gardens in the UK which were transformed from wilderness to their original beauty. This series has been showing on the ABC recently.
Buderim Garden Club Library
Sue looks after our wonderful Library on Garden Club Meeting Days and these two items are recommended reading.
The Garden at Highgrove, features Prince Charles' garden at Highgrove and is beautifully illustrated for all those discerning readers who enjoy English gardens. Some of the ideas can easily be adapted into our own gardens and as well it is lovely to see how the other half lives! This garden can be enjoyed at certain times of the year when visitors are welcome. If you are planning a trip overseas, look at other lovely books we have on other lovely overseas gardens.
Sub Tropical Gardening Magazine is a magazine produced in South East Queensland and is full of plants that do well in our climate. The illustrations are superb and it lives up to its reputation as being a magazine with local advice for local gardeners.
Also check out the free catalogues and brocures that are sent to us monthly and displayed on the library table. Sue records what you have borrowed and we often have fee giveaways of back copies of magazines. Sue will be visiting the Buderim Library on Good Friday to seek out some other book treasures that may be of interest to our members.