cloth, 264 pp., $50.00
The owner of one of Australia’s famous gardens, Jeremy Francis, grew up on a farm, and from these roots he developed a deep appreciation of the land. In this work that is a compilation of personal memoir, family history, and story of the development of a cherished landscape, the author relates his successes and occasional failures in making the garden. Although its design is reminiscent of Edwardian-style scenery, the plantings have a luminous character that distinguishes the site from its British heritage. He documents the seasonal changes in a landscape that is known for the size and symphony of hues of its magnificent trees. Heavily illustrated, the text is accompanied by photographs of perennial plantings brilliantly displayed against the lush forest setting.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden