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Gardens of History and Imagination: Growing New South Wales Kindle Edition
Whether on the ground or in the mind gardens carry meaning. They reflect social and aesthetic values and may express hope, anticipation or grief. Throughout history they have provided a means of physical survival. In creating and maintaining gardens people construe and construct a relationship with their environment. But there is no single meaning carried in the word ‘garden’: as idea and practice it reflects cultural differences in beliefs, values and social organisation. It embodies personal, community even national ways of seeing and being in the world.
There are ten essays in this book, each of which examines the role of gardens and gardening in the settlement of New South Wales and in growing a colony and a state. They explore the significance of gardens for the health of the colony, for its economy, for the construction of social order and for personal identity.
For the immigrants gardening was an act of settlement and also a statement of possession. For a long time it was with memories of ‘home’, often selective and idealised, that settlers made gardens but as the colony developed its own character so did gardening possibilities and practices.
' ... this book is important because it documents the salient factors that played a crucial role in a history that has shaped and continues to shape the Australian manmade landscape.' -- Dr Zeny Edwards -- Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
About the editors:
Gretchen Poiner is an honorary associate in anthropology at the University of Sydney.
Sybil Jack is an honorary research associate in history at the University of Sydney.
- ASIN : B08FT16BLQ
- Publisher : Sydney University Press (23 June 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 6683 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 401 pages
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