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  • Published: 29 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143770909
  • Imprint: RHNZ Godwit
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $55.00
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Flourish

New Zealand Women and Their Extraordinary Gardens



A look at gardens that are living works of art, developed by creative women all around New Zealand.

This book celebrates the endeavours and achievements of women gardeners who are responsible for some of the most-admired gardens within New Zealand. Often starting as a home-based hobby, fitting around child care and other domestic tasks, the gardens developed by the women featured in this book have evolved into living works of art.

Scattered from the far north to Stewart Island, these gardens have a few things in common. Each one has been developed by a woman responding to her own landscape and locale with energy and verve. Often an outlet for a creative urge, the gardens portray a wide cross-section of styles. The stories of the gardeners also share common bonds – hard work and a passion for the landscape – but also stories of combating isolation, loss and joining a sisterhood of gardeners.

Some gardens are well known and justly celebrated both here and overseas: Bev McConnell’s Ayrlies in Auckland, and Margaret Barker’s garden at Larnach Castle in Dunedin. Others are undiscovered gardens worthy of wider attention. Gracious country rose gardens, inner city courtyards and edible gardens all feature.

  • Published: 29 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143770909
  • Imprint: RHNZ Godwit
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $55.00
Categories:

About the authors

Barb Rogers

From newshound to book author, via tutoring, editing magazines, and writing or editing stories, it's taken Barb a few decades to work out what she wants to do - concentrate on writing about gardens and gardeners. A frustrated part-time gardener, she chronicles other people's green-fingered accomplishments while the weeds mount in her own garden.

Juliet Nicholas

Juliet Nicholas was given a camera by her parents at the age of seven, sparking a lifelong fascination with photography. Over the past 30 years her photography has featured regularly in New Zealand's leading lifestyle magazines and she has worked on several books, including The Quake Year by Fiona Farrell. Living and working in Christchurch, Juliet has had first-hand experience of the recent earthquakes, and has felt compelled to record their impact on her city since the first one struck in September 2010.

When she is not working, Juliet can be found tending her garden or escaping to the wilderness of Stewart Island, where she delights in tramping, fishing and enjoying the bounty of the great outdoors.

Praise for Flourish

Flourish is a beautiful coffee-table catalogue of New Zealand's most beautiful gardens and the women who have created them...The gardeners themselves are as diverse as the landscapes they craft. Swathes of colours - fresh florals, bright greens and earthy natives - are captured in the accompanying photographs; you can almost smell the roses.

Gianina Schwanecke, North & South

Gorgeous, inspirational and blooming lovely ... the green-fingered artistry of New Zealand women is on display here in a gorgeous garden tour that travels from Northland to Stewart Island. Beautiful photographs accompany the gardeners' stories.

Rowena Mara, Australian Women's Weekly

Perfect for the garden fan this Christmas.

Wairarapa Times-Age Weekend

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