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Books are a great way to learn the vast amounts of knowledge that relates to Gardening. Over the years we have selected the books that we find most suitable to growing plants in Western Australia and gardening with Australian plants.

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Living Wreaths

by Natalie Bernhisel Robinson

A book on 20 different designs of living wreaths. From succulents to alyssum to lettuce! There is a wreath for many a situation.


Eucalypt Flowers

by John Wrigley

John gives a brief history of the Eucalypts, from the beginning european settlement, the reader learns the difference between Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Angophora. The artists are recognized coming from many different times and walks of life and this is seen in their artwork. Detailed drawings of buds, flowers and nuts. Some even have drawings of the bark that you would think you could feel if you ran your fingers over the page. A book which would appeal to an artist and a native plant lover alike. - Paula


Rottnest Island

by Sally Kneady

Illustrations on every page by the wonderful Patricia Negus, showing mischievous quokkas, hungry seagulls, sunsets, sea life and a whole lot more on every page. Sally Keady goes into every topic of the island you could imagine. There is settlement history, mysteries and legends, fishing, places to stay, eat and shop, flora and fauna. A book not just for the tourist but the locals too! - Danielle


Let's Propagate

by Angus Stewart

"Let's propagate" is for anyone interested in hands-on propagating in Australia. The author, Angus Stewart is a presenter for ABC TV's Gardening Australia and a prolific writer on Australian Native Plants. "Let's Propagate" explores a range of propagation techniques including by seed, cuttings, layering, division, grafting and tissue culture. One of the most valuable sections of the book is a 63 page appendix which provides information on the recommended propagating method and time of the year to propagate Australian Native Plants and some exotics. Species covered include acacias, kangaroo paws, waxes, eucalypts and many others. "Let's Propagate" will expand your knowledge and provide skills to successfully add another dimension to your gardening. - John


Panoramic Journey though Western Australia

By Simon Neville

I was very happy to review "Panoramic Journey through Western Australia" by Simon Nevill as it took me to many spots I've seen and loved. What a temptation to travel to other places he has taken such clear images of!
He has divided his work into five areas- South West, Goldfields & Desert, Mid West, Pilbara and Kimberley. The often double spread images are crisp and inviting, and the writing packed with titbits of information presented in easy to read style. $49.95 seems very reasonable for a coffee table book of this quality, and one that will be picked up and perused often. -Alec


A Field Guide to the Eremophilas of Western Australia

by Andrew Brown and Bevan Buirchell

"An incredibly comprehensive book on the Eremophilas of WA, recently published in 2011. There are wonderful photos of every species mentioned as well as a site map of where you can find all these species in the wild. The book is the work of many dedicated enthusiasts and If you are interested in the diverse range of these desert loving plants, I would highly recommend this book." -Ross


Fabulous Food from every Small Garden

by Mary Horsfall
CSIRO Publishing.

"Fabulous Food is an inspiring book if you have an empathy for the environment and a desire to grow your own food. The book is written in a friendly style which combines excellent factual information and simplicity. The book presents some convincing benefits of growing your own food and covers topics including taste, nutritional content, food miles, ecological footprint, health and personal satisfaction.

The book is divided into two main sections. The first section discusses the garden including sections on soil structure, watering, pest control and soil improvement. Interestingly, the most nutritionally rich animal manures are rabbit and pigeon! Small sections discuss less mainstream home gardening including permaculture, chickens, hydroponics, aquaponics, sprouting, propagation and crop rotation.

The second section discusses plants with chapters dedicated to vegetables, fruit, bush tucker and herbs. This section is concise and provides an excellent introduction to home growing. The section briefly covers topics including variety selection, sowing, harvesting, storage, seed saving, pollination and nutritional information on each crop. There are more comprehensive resources available, but I think the book targets the home gardener well.

Further reviews of the book are available at the CSIRO's publishing website. The author is passionate about people having some control over their food supply and to that end, this book is an excellent resource." -John



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