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  • French Dirt

    The Story of a Garden in the South of France

    by Richard Goodman

    A story about dirt--and about sun, water, work, elation, and defeat. And about the sublime pleasure of having a little piece of French land all to oneself to till.Richard Goodman saw the ad in the paper: "SOUTHERN FRANCE: Stone house in Village near Nimes/Avignon/Uzes. 4 BR, 2 baths, fireplace, books, desk, bikes. Perfect for writing, painting, exploring & experiencing la France profonde. $450 mo. ... Read more

    $16.71 AUD

  • The Well Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World

    by Sue Stuart-Smith

    ‘The wisest book I’ve read for many years … Much more than a gardening book, much more than a guide to mental health … Hugely recommended’ Stephen FryTHE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERA Times and Sunday Times Best Book of 2020How can gardening relieve stress and help us look after our mental health? What lies behind the restorative power of the natural world?In a powerful combination of contemporar... ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • Volume V: Who Are We?

    by Vladimir Megre

    Our civilization will be the first in the entire history of the planet to unite the opposites: the technocratic world and the achievements of the divine creations. This is not a fantasy, it is the great future. We can sense it already, today.  Tens of thousands of Russian citizens have already begun to materialize it. They are doing so without support from governments and states. Millions are ... Read more

    $9.20 AUD

  • Around the House and In the Garden

    A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement

    by Dominique Browning

    For six years, House & Garden editor-in-chief Dominique Browning has written a monthly column that weaves together personal stories and tips about home decorating, gardening, and raising children with universal themes of domestic life. In Around the House and in the Garden, Browning adapts and expands these well-loved pieces, adding dozens of new essays, to create an insightful and moving ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Brother Gardeners

    Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession

    by Andrea Wulf

    One January morning in 1734, cloth merchant Peter Collinson hurried down to the docks at London's Custom House to collect cargo just arrived from John Bartram in the American colonies. But it was not bales of cotton that awaited him, but plants and seeds...Over the next forty years, Bartram would send hundreds of American species to England, where Collinson was one of a handful of men who would ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • From the Ground Up

    The Story of a First Garden

    by Amy Stewart

    "A treasure trove of delightful stories, filled with wit, wisdom, and know-how for all gardens—a rare horticultural treat." —Carl H. Klaus, author of My Vegetable Love and Weathering WinterAmy Stewart had a simple dream. She yearned for a garden filled with colorful jumbles of vegetables and flowers. After she and her husband finished graduate school, they pulled up their Texas roots and headed ... Read more

    $20.23 AUD

  • Nigel

    my family and other dogs

    by Monty Don

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLEWhen Monty Don's golden retriever Nigel became the surprise star of BBC Gardeners' World, inspiring huge interest, fan mail and his own social media accounts, Monty Don wanted to explore what makes us connect with animals quite so deeply.In many respects Nigel was a very ordinary dog; charming, handsome and obedient, as so many are. He was a much loved family pet. He was ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Opium for the Masses

    Harvesting Nature's Best Pain Medication

    by Jim Hogshire

    Jim Hogshire's early '90s cultural phenomenon, written about by Michael Pollan in Harpers, has been out of print for nearly a decade, and now, with all the current obsession with gardening, it's time to bring back this book, spiced up with amazing new material on how to make various opioids and analgesics from homegrown poppies. Includes a great deal of new material on poppies other growable highs ... Read more

    $20.23 AUD

  • Life in the Garden

    by Penelope Lively

    'Rich and unusual, a book to treasure. Few recent gardening books come anywhere close to its style, intelligence and depth. Moves between Lively's own horticultural life and a broad history of gardening' Observer'Wonderful. A manifesto of horticultural delight' Literary Review'Beautiful. Perfect for literary garden lovers' Good Housekeeping'Exquisite and original' Daily Telegra... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Artful Garden

    Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design

    by James van Sweden and 1 more

    “I want to put the mystery back into the heart of garden design, where it needs to be. It’s what lures you in through the gate, keeps you moving through the landscape, and fills you with excitement along the way. The sense of mystery is what turns a mere display of plants, paths, and ornaments into an adventure.”—James van SwedenGuided by world-renowned landscape architect James van Sweden and ... Read more

    $31.01 AUD

  • Five Acres and Independence

    The Farm That Won't Wear Out

    by Midwest Journal Press and 2 more

    series Living With the Land #62
    A collection containing: Five Acres and Independence: a practical guide to the selection and management of the small farm by Maurice G. Kains The Farm That Won't Wear Out by Cyril G. Hopkins People who think they “would like to have a little farm” naturally fall into two groups; those who are sure to fail and those likely to succeed. This book is written to help both! Its presentation of ... Read more

    $13.81 AUD

  • That's The Way It Grows 2011

    by Lisa Marie Long

    Home horticulture advice from Oregon State University Master Gardener Lisa Marie Long. This free eBook is a compilation of the 2011 articles published through the OSU Extension Service. Bonus: Includes the very first That's the Way it Grows from April 1997. ... Read more

    Free

  • War Gardens

    A Journey Through Conflict in Search of Calm

    by Lalage Snow

    'A remarkable book . . . It's a powerful testament to the healing balm of gardening and the resilience of the human spirit in the direst of circumstances.' Financial Times'Not a happy book and yet it's magically heartening. It makes a gardener question his or her values.' The Times'This extraordinary book...warm and engaging...like a photograph magicked to life.' Spectator... ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Growing, Older

    A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables

    by Joan Dye Gussow

    Michael Pollan calls her one of his food heroes. Barbara Kingsolver credits her with shaping the history and politics of food in the United States. And countless others who have vied for a food revolution, pushed organics, and reawakened Americans to growing their own food and eating locally consider her both teacher and muse.Joan Gussow has influenced thousands through her books, This Organic ... Read more

    $22.10 AUD

  • Bugs and Insects Kingdom : K12 Earth Science Series

    Insects for Kids

    by Baby Professor

    series Children's Zoology Books
    Turn the playground into an amazing kingdom by filling your child's memory with lessons about insects and bugs. That can only be made possible with a highly interactive book like this. By securing a copy today, you are moving towards a better informed and environmentally-aware child. Grab a copy today! ... Read more

    $6.92 AUD

  • How Carrots Won the Trojan War

    Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables

    by Rebecca Rupp

    Discover why Roman gladiators were massaged with onion juice before battle, how celery contributed to Casanova’s conquests, how peas almost poisoned General Washington, and why some seventeenth-century turnips were considered degenerate. Rebecca Rupp tells the strange and fascinating history of 23 of the world’s most popular vegetables. Gardeners, foodies, history buffs, and anyone who wants to ... Read more

    $19.35 AUD

  • The Roots of My Obsession

    Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden

    by Thomas C. Cooper

    Why do you garden? For fun? Work? Food? The reasons to garden are as unique as the gardener.The Roots of My Obsession features thirty essays from the most vital voices in gardening, exploring the myriad motives and impulses that cause a person to become a gardener. For some, it’s the quest to achieve a personal vision of ultimate beauty; for others, it’s a mission to heal the earth, or to grow a ... Read more

    $19.35 AUD

  • Closer to the Ground

    An outdoor family's year on the water, in the woods and at the table

    by Dylan Tomine and 2 more

    Closer to the Ground is the deeply personal story of a father learning to share his love of nature with his children, not through the indoor lens of words or pictures, but directly, palpably, by exploring the natural world as they forage, cook and eat from the woods and sea. With illustrations by Nikki McClure.This compelling, masterfully written tale follows Dylan Tomine and his family through ... Read more

    $11.54 AUD

  • Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life

    The Plants and Places That Inspired the Iconic Poet

    by Marta McDowell

    “A visual treat as well as a literary one, Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life will be deeply satisfying for gardeners and garden lovers, connoisseurs of botanical illustration, and those who seek a deeper understanding of the life and work of Emily Dickinson.” —The Wall Street JournalEmily Dickinson was a keen observer of the natural world, but less well known is the fact that she was also an avid ... Read more

    $23.75 AUD

  • The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder

    The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books

    by Marta McDowell

    “If you loved Wilder’s books, or if you garden with a child who loves her books, you will enjoy the read.” —San Francisco ChronicleIn this revealing exploration of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s deep connection with the natural world, Marta McDowell follows the wagon trail of the beloved Little House series. You’ll learn details about Wilder’s life and inspirations, pinpoint the Ingalls and Wilder ... Read more

    $28.15 AUD

  • An Economic History of the English Garden

    by Roderick Floud

    'Roderick Floud's ground-breaking study of the history, money, places and personalities involved in British gardens over the past 350 years gives fascinating insight into why gardening is part of this country's soul.' Michael Heseltine, Deputy Prime Minister (1996-1997)'Thousands of books have been written about the history of British gardens but Roderick Floud, one of Britain's most distinguished ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Tao of Vegetable Gardening

    Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity

    by Carol Deppe

    The Tao of Vegetable Gardening explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. In her latest book, groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties) focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables—tomatoes, green beans, peas, and leafy greens—and through them illustrates the key principles and practices that ... Read more

    $30.68 AUD

  • Cold Antler Farm

    A Memoir of Growing Food and Celebrating Life on a Scrappy Six-Acre Homestead

    by Jenna Woginrich

    Jenna Woginrich is well loved for her essays on all that accompanies the life of a true homesteader: the mud and mess, the beautiful and tragic, the grime and passion. In Cold Antler Farm, she draws our attention to the timekeeper of such a lifestyle: the ancient agricultural year, filled with celebrations and seasonal touchstones that mark turning points in the cycles of life.Amidst these new-old ... Read more

    $19.68 AUD

  • A Garden of One's Own

    Writings of Elizabeth Lawrence

    by Barbara Scott and 1 more

    Gardening enthusiasts and those who love to read about gardening will be delighted by this new collection of Elizabeth Lawrence's work. A gifted landscape architect and writer, Lawrence (1904-85) chronicled her experiences with plants in a voice treasured for its distinctive blend of horticultural expertise and stylistic elegance. Through her six books, all still in print, Lawrence continues to ... Read more

    $29.25 AUD