Contents

 

Each year the AGHS posts one issue of its quarterly journal Australian Garden History online.

The latest issue, Volume 26 No1, July/August/September 2014, is now available

 

The nature of things    Anita Angel

 

Floral clocks: civic pride or horticultural kitsch?    Silas Clifford-Smith
The floral clock—once a popular garden feature—has largely escaped the attention of garden historians, but it is high time these quirky timepieces were reassessed.

 

The garden as adornable art    Vicki Mason
Moving on from bouquets and sprays to the suburban plot, an artist finds rich pickings in her own Melbourne neighbourhood.

 

Home thoughts from abroad: a new chapter in Australian gardening history    Lesley Garrett
In this interview with guerrilla gardener Steve Wheen, we see an Australian take on a new worldwide phenomenon.

 

Journey to the centre of the turf    Damon Young
Turf has a long history, suggesting comfort, ease, and luxury. What of its  awkward cousin, artificial grass? It’s time to rethink the meaning of this novel surface.

 

Wearing the garden    Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna
Floral motifs in dress fashion have a long history; less well known is the way these were used collectively in the nineteenth century to represent contemporary garden fashions.

 

Victor Crittenden OAM (1925–2014)
Victor Crittenden was one of Australia’s most unobtrusive yet influential garden historians, not for his own writings but primarily as the compiler and publisher of an indispensable history and bibliography of Australian garden books.

 

Profile: Val Stewart
Val Stewart has been an active member of the AGHS on the Victorian Branch Committee and since 2012 on the National Management Committee.