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A Hill's hoist, some trees and a lawn; a place where God can be felt, a field of potatoes crawling with grubs: the garden has meant many things in Australia throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and this collection of writings reflects that diversity. Containing previously unpublished letter and diary entries of ordinary people revelling in or struggling with their gardens; informed advice from newspapers and magazines, including Home Beautiful and Australian House and Garden; extracts from Australian fiction and non-fiction; gardening catalogues and planting guides this book spans eras, fashions and genres. New and familiar voices and images are presented in contributions that are witty, sad, informative and accompanied with a wealth of garden images, plans, sketches, drawings, paintings, engravings and photographs. Katie Holmes is a Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies and History at La Trobe University. She is the author of the successful crossover book Spaces in her Day (1995, short listed for the NSW and Victorian Premiers awards and made into a talking book), and co-editor of anthologies including Freedom Bound 11 (1994), and of many articles annd papers on gardening in Australia. She is a former board member of the Australian Garden History Association.
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Sue Martin is a Senior-Lecturer in English at La Trobe University. She is the author of many articles and chapters on gardens in nineteenth-century Australia, in publiications as varied as the Victorian Naturalist and the prestigious American Journal Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, in which Katie Holmes also has an article. She also produced and introduced the historical gardening volume Every Lady her own Flower Gardener 1839 (Mulini 1999). Kylie Mirmohamadi has a PhD in History, on gender and eduucation at the turn of the century, and has worked as a Research Associate on the Culture of Gardens project run by Katie Holmes and Sue Martin for some years, as well as working on other projects. She has done extensive work on school gardens, and has an article on multiculturalism and garden metaphores, 'Wog Plants Go Home', forthcoming in Studies in Australian Garden History.

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