In its images Gardens on the Edge is as much about the diversity and character of the Australian continent as it is about the gardens. Its accompanying stories not only explore the establishment of the garden, but also reference Australian history and geography, and cover issues ranging from dealing with droughts and climate change to restoring a long-neglected kitchen garden.
Join internationally respected gardening author Christine Reid as she discusses the newly published Gardens on the Edge. Together with images by renowned photographer Simon Griffiths, Reid focuses on 18 stunning gardens from around Australia situated on a natural 'frontier'-rainforest, desert, bushland, saltbush plains, a volcanic crater, the ocean's edge, a harbour. The featured gardens have been created or restored in locations where the surrounding natural landscape is as significant as the cultivated and designed elements.
Christine Reid is an Australian garden writer whose interests include the social and cultural history of gardens and designed landscapes, both historic and contemporary. She writes for a wide range of Australian and international publications, including Gardens Illustrated in the UK. Christine has contributed to books including The Gardener’s Garden (Phaidon, 2014) and The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens (Oxford University Press, 2002) and wrote the Australian entries for the revised edition of The Oxford Companion to Gardens(Oxford University Press, 2006). Christine Reid initiated the ‘Out of India’ study series of lectures held at The Johnston Collection in 2014.
Image supplied by Simon Griffiths