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"A Gardener's Log", first published in 1948, is a collection of Edna Walling's articles from the magazine "Australian Home Beautiful". Described by Walling as "the notebook of a garden-maker", it has the intimacy of a diary and the authority of a practical landscaping text. Well over half a century laterm "A Gardener's Log" - here deliciously redesigned while retaining the ...more
Hardcover, 1986 Reprint, 149 pages
Published 1985 by Anne O'Donovan Pty Ltd
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Alexandria Blaelock
Lovely collection of personal notes (from magazine columns) sharing Walling’s thoughts on creating the kind of garden you can relax in. As opposed to the kind where you always have to be up to something to keep it in order.

I’m not sure what she considers a small garden, but you can make one with a tree, a dozen smaller shrubs and somewhere to sit. Throw in a small pool, some rocks and a bunch of self-seeders and you’ve got yourself a garden!

Includes some plant recommendations and loads of photos
Edna Walling was a rather eccentric gardener of the old school; Australian, but with an English sensibility from her country of birth. This collection of her articles and photographs for an Australian women's journal is fascinating, educational and I found it a delight to read. A word of caution, the reader must also be a gardener, for Edna does not dumb down her observations and snippets of advice. We are expected to know and use the correct nomenclature of the plants we grow.

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Edna Walling was one of Australia's most influential landscape designers. Walling's distinctive gardens, her exquisite garden plans and her evocative writings have given her enduring and iconic status amongst gardeners, landscape designers and architects.