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History of urban gardening in Australia

A bibliography of sources related to early Australian home gardens, prepared by the Library staff at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Library and Archives.


Crittenden, V (1986) A history of Australian gardening books and a bibliography 1806-1950. Canberra College of Advanced Education, Canberra. 259 pp.

Australia's historic gardens, parks and trees. (1991) Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra. 45 pp.


Crittenden, V (1979) The front garden : the story of the cottage garden in Australia. Mulini Press, [ACT]. 50 pp.

Cuffley, P (1983) Cottage gardens in Australia. Five Mile Press, Canterbury, Vic. 248 pp.

Baskin, J & Dixon, T (1996) Australia's timeless gardens. National Library of Australia, Canberra. 88 pp.

Jones, P (1982) Planting c1850-1900 : a guide to the restoration, conservation and rehabilitation of early style Australian gardens and man-made landscapes. Australian Council of National Trusts and National Trust of Victoria, Melbourne. 74 pp.

McKenzie, V (ed)(1986) The scent of gum leaves : early Australian gardens. Centennial Publications, Chatswood, NSW. 80 pp.

Nottle, T (1992) Old-fashioned gardens. Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, NSW. 192 pp.


Australian Garden History : Journal of the Australian Garden History Society.


Old nursery catalogues will indicate plants being grown at the time. Our library does not have a collection of these - the enquirer should try the National Library of Australia or the botanic gardens libraries in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Also see this ref:

Brookes, M & Barley, R (1992) Plants listed in nursery catalogues in Victoria 1855-1889. Ornamental Plant Collections Association, South Yarra, Vic. 316 pp.

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