Historic Gardens of Perth

The West Australian Branch is pleased to announce that Historic Gardens of Perth: European Settlement to Modernism is now available for purchase. With approximately 200 hundred pages of historic photographs, maps, plans, artworks and text, Historic Gardens of Perth: European settlement to Modernism, […]


Caroline Ball, A Splendour of Succulents & Cacti: Illustrations from an Eighteenth-Century Botanical Treasury  (Oxford, 2023) reviewed by Clive Probyn, OAM In Henry Handel Richardson’s now classic Australian autobiographical novel, The Getting of Wisdom (1910), the novelist looks back at […]

Personal stories of plants

Poppy Fitzpatrick reviews The Plant Thieves: Secrets of the Herbarium (NewSouth, 2023) by Prudence Gibson. This book takes us on a journey of unexpected discovery. What begins as a seemingly simple interrogation of the collecting and cataloguing of plants within […]

Catching the light

Trevor Nottle reviews John Glover, Patterdale Farm and the Revelation of the Australia Landscape by Ron Radford, Ovata Press, Launceston, 2023 John Glover’s painting A View of the artist’s house and garden at Mills Plains, van Dieman’s Land, 1835  brings to […]

Backyard Mangoes

In something a little different for the book blog, below is an article on mangoes, reproduced with the kind permission of the Queenslander House | House Histories | Queensland, a website about Queensland’s vernacular architecture and suburban history. It’s high […]

A Faustian bargain

Max Bourke, AM reviews The Sacrificial Valley – Coal’s Legacy to the Hunter, by John Drinan, Bad Apple Press (2022); available from sacrificialvalley@gmail.com The author of this book is first and foremost a ‘Hunterian’, his family having  lived in the […]

The real Miss Willmott

Miss Willmott’s Ghosts by Sandra Lawrence, Blink Publishing, 2022 Reviewed by Clare Gleeson Who could not be fascinated by the story of Ellen Willmott? An eccentric gardener, with what were seemingly endless resources, she made not one but three magnificent gardens […]

Summer reading

Here in Bundanoon, summer has been elusive. The sun has had to compete with mist and rain; the weeds are the happiest plants in the garden. That’s meant a bit more time for reading. Two novels I’ve finished are set […]


SAFFRON: A Global History by Ramin Ganeshram (Reaktion Books, distributed by NewSouth) was reviewed by Dr Jacqueline Newling, historian and gastronomer in the July issue of Australian Garden History. We didn’t have room there to include a recipe the publishers […]

New book: Illustrated Plant Glossary

The Illustrated Plant Glossary (CSIRO Publishing, 2021, $69.99) by Enid Mayfield is a comprehensive glossary of over 4000 terms related to plant sciences, featuring many superb colour illustrations to aid understanding. AGHS Patron and Director, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Tim Entwisle […]