Garden History Select Bibliography

Kiata c1900 courtesy J Scarce

We learn about gardens and garden history through our own horticultural efforts, attending talks and exhibitions, going on garden visits, tours and attending open gardens.  We also learn through reading.

A select list of publications about Australian gardens and their history is outlined below. These publications are about the process of how Australian gardens developed over time and include accounts of notable gardens. They are not plant growing nor garden design manuals. Overseas authors, garden designers and examples are only included because of their influence on Australian gardens and gardeners. Australian authors and designers who write about overseas gardens/gardening are not included.

Some publications can be found online, others only in libraries. The National Library of Australia Trove search tool can be useful to find items.

The Australian Garden History Society’s journal, Australian Garden History, is available on-line, free to AGHS members, with all copies older than two years free to the general public. You can search journal articles on this website, including by topic (e.g. grottoes) or by garden (e.g. Yaralla).