The first popular book on gardening published in New Zealand. Includes a garden calendar and notes on the cultivation of flowers, vegetables and fruit, also a small section on NZ native plants and a chapter on poultry and beekeeping. Contains contemporary advertisments. First published in 1885, this is the second revised edition.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1888. Decorative cloth binding. 224 pages. SECONDHAND
The classic guide for realists and dreamers. A beautiful new edition illustrated with the superb linocuts of Jeremey Sancha. The book now contains over 100 new pages on food from the garden. "Nothing should be wasted on the self-sufficient holding. The dustman should never have to call."
Dorling Kindersley Ltd., London, 2008. Hardback. 408 pages. NEW.
Features profiles of many edible plants commonly found in New Zealand and includes advice on where to find them, how to harvest them and how best to use them.
Allen & Unwin, Auckland, 2013. Softback. 318 pages. NEW
A definitive guide to the cultivation, identification and landscaping uses of over 360 species of native plants, including herbaceous plants, ferns, ornamental grasses and small shrubs suitable for rock gardens. Nearly 100 superb line drawings and 200 colour photographs combine with the authoritative text to provide an indespensable reference work for all serious New Zealand gardeners. A fine copy.
Godwit Press Ltd., Auckland, 1993. Hardback with dust jacket. 260 pages. SECONDHAND
Provides detailed cultivation notes and anecdotal material on hundreds of New Zealand native plants, shrubs and trees. Over 120 identification photographs.
David Bateman Ltd., Auckland, 1994. Hardback with dust jacket. 224 pages. SECONDHAND
A rich conpendium of ideas by various authorities on how to make the most of New Zealand native plants in our personal and public environments and how to restore native plant habitats.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2009. Softback. 255 pages. NEW
An authoritative guide to selecting, growing and propogating over 350 genera of bulbs and perennials. Packed with useful information and illustrated with 400 colour photographs. A superb book.
Godwit Press Ltd., Auckland, 1991. Hardback with dust jacket. 299 pages. SECONDHAND
Shows how associations of native plants in the wild can offer blueprints for the garden and how the big picture can be translated into small garden settings with a distinctive native character.
Godwit Random House, Auckland, 1998. Hardback with dust jacket. 176 pages. SECONDHAND
Practical, detailed and clear advice on creating a garden free of chemicals. Find out how to grow tastier fruit and vegetables. Make your garden safe for children, pets and wildlife. Cultivate flowers, trees, shrubs and lawns the organic way.
Dorling Kindersley, London, 2004. Softback. 288 pages. NEW.
A complete guide describing specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables, including botanical classification, flower structure and pollination, isolation distance, population size, caging or hand pollination, and proper methods to grow, harvest, dry, clean and store the seeds.
Seed Saver's Exchange, Iowa, USA, 2002. Softback. 228 pages. NEW.
Based on his experience of a system of permanent slightly raised beds, the author takes you through a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables: what to choose, when to plant and harvest, and how best to avoid pests and diseases. The book includes recipes to inspire you to culinary heights with your fresh picked produce.
Green Books, Totnes, UK, 2007. Softback. 224 pages. NEW.
A Slice of Organic Life edited by Sheherazade Goldsmith. Bake Bread. Plant an Apple Tree. Shop Locally. Keep Chickens. Grow Salad on a Windowsill. Pick Berries. Collect Rainwater. Make Jam. Raise a Pig. Save Energy. Compost. Design a Herb Garden. Preserve your Harvest and a whole lot of other stuff.
Dorling Kindersley Ltd., London, 2007. Hardback. 352 pages. NEW.
H.R.H. Charles Prince of Wales has spent more than twenty six years transforming the gardens of Highgrove into one of the finest gardens in Britain. His strict adherance to organic principals has helped shape and define a garden which is both beautiful and environmentally sound. In this book he shows how to create an organic garden using ideas tried out at Highgrove and his other gardens at Clarence House and Birkhall.
Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London, 2007. Hardback with dustjacket. 176 pages. SECONDHAND
A facinating narrative which brings home the idea that we must move beyond our romantic notions of pristine wilderness and replace them with the concept of a global, half-wild rambunctious garden, tended by us.
Bloomsbury Books, New York, USA, 2011. Hardback with dust jacket. 210 pages. NEW
This classic of biodynamic gardening introduces the reader/gardener to an obvious, often forgotten principle: gardening is about living things, life forces. Biodynamics is based on the interrelatedness (or dynamics) of life forces.
Anthroposophic Press, Gt. Barrington, USA, 1988. Softback. 109 pages. NEW
The classic guide to biodynamic and and organic gardening that details how traditional communities around the world grow their food holistically and shows how to use these techniques in our own gardens. First published 1979.
North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, USA, 2013. Softback. 396 pages. NEW
In 1924 a group of farmers and gardeners who were concerned about the depletion of soils, crops and livestock asked Rudolf Steiner for guidance. He responded by creating an agricultural course which consisted of eight lectures on “the spiritual foundations for a renewal of agriculture” Using this as a basis, generations of farmers, gardeners and viticulturists have developed biodynamics, a healing, ecological and spiritual approach to the sustainable care of the Earth. Introduction by Hugh Courtney. Steiner Books, Great Barrington, USA, 2005. Softback. 190 pages. NEW
A journey through the seasons discovering lots of new tips and suggestions for those gardeners seeking to manage nature responsibly and successfully.
Temple Lodge, Forest Row, UK, 2007. Harback, no dust jacket as issued. 120 pages. NEW
Discover how the rythams of the moon, sun, stars and planets influence your garden, creating ideal periods in which to sow, weed and harvest plants. Through straightforward advice and illustrations, this practical guide shows how even the novice gardener can use biodynamic techniques to produce a healthy, abundant garden.
Floris Books, Edinburgh, UK, 2009. Softback. 144 pages. NEW
Looks at all aspects of using a polytunnel to grow your own fresh and affordable food all the year round, including developing healthy soil and the management of pests.
Green Books Ltd., Totnes, UK, 2008. Softback. 125 pages. NEW
Here is how to grow your own produce anywhere that space is at a premium. This book shows you how to grow tasty organic crops in a variety of pots and containers.
Cico Books, London, 2009. Hardback with dust jacket. 144 pages. NEW.
How to grow delicious vegetables and fruit, keep plants and flowers healthy, make compost, and attract wildlife to your garden. The practical guide to gardening the natural way, fully adapted for Australiasian conditions.
Dorling Kindersley, Melbourne, 2008. Hardback. 352 pages. NEW
An inspiring look at the ups and downs of gardening throughout the year in the countryside. How to create a flourishing garden supplying all vegetable wants.
Harper Collins Publishers Ltd., Auckland, 2013. Softback. 296 pages. NEW
Describes a gardening system that combines the best features of wildlife habitat, edible landscapes and flower and vegetable gardens into a self-renewing landscape that allows nature to do most of the work.
Chelsea Green Publishing Co. Vermont, USA, 2000. Softback. 222 pages. NEW
How to profitably harvest fresh organic vegetables all year round in even the coldest climates using unheated or minimally heated portable plastic greenhouses.
Chelsea Green Publishing, Vermont, USA, 2009. Softback. 247 pages. NEW
A visionary yet practical book offering the skills for a lifestyle that is kind to the environment, practical steps toward a sustainable future. Well presented, well tested with invaluable details...a turning point in the history of permaculture.
Permanent Publications, East Meon, Hampshire, UK. Hardback with dust jacket. 468 pages. NEW.
An organic guide to growing, processing and using whole grains for gardeners and farmers. Covers all the basics from planting to harvesting and storing.
Chelsea Green Publishing, Vermont, USA, 2009. Softback. 308 pages. NEW
Healthy soil is teeming with life, not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi and other micro organisms. Chemical fertilisers injure this life, organic gardeners strengthen this soil web for healthy soil and crops. An extremely interesting book. Revised edition.
Timber Press, Portland, USA, 2010. Hardback with dust jacket. 220 pages. NEW
A classic work, featured soil building techniques include; organic matter management, on site composting, cultivation and weed control, green manures and rotations, nutrient balances and soil testing.
Chelsea Green Publishing, Vermont, USA, 1999. Softback. 173 pages. NEW
This is one of the books that blazed the trail for the development of soil fertility based on the bio-dynamic work of Rudolf Steiner. First published 1947.
The Lanthorn Press, Launceston, UK, 2004. Softback. 212 pages. NEW.
Everything that you throw away that was ever alive can be recycled, and this celebration of compost shows you just how easy it is.
Dorling Kindersley, London, 2007. Hardback. 192 pages. NEW
The comprehensive advice on conservation and land management given here is based on the bio-dynamic approach advocated by Rudolf Steiner. A counter argument to modern and environmentally damaging modern farming practices.
The Lanthorn Press, East Grinstead, UK, 1988. Softback. 138 pages. NEW.
In this original and thought provoking work, the laws apparent in the subtle patterns of water in movement are shown to be the same as those perceptible in the shaping of bones, muscles and a myriad of other forms in nature. Fully illustrated, Sensitive Chaos reveals the unifying forces that underlie all living things. First published in 1965.
Sophia Books, Forest Row, UK, 2008. Paperback. 144 pages of text, 88 of photographs. NEW
The quality of our water, especially our drinking water, is becoming an increasingly important issue. In this book, the author uses ground-breaking photographic process to make the quality of different types of water instantly visable. These pictures demonstrate that water from different locations, treated in different ways, has substantially different characteristics.
Floris Books, Edinburgh, 2005. Softback. 188 pages. NEW.
Offers a unique insight into the world of water based on the research and work of renowned Theodor Schwenk. The authors are scientists at the Institute of Flow Sciences in Herrischried, Germany.
Floris Books, Edinburgh, 2005. Softback. 107 pages. NEW
Working with his flowform invention Wilkes has uncovered the world of water and at the same time created art forms of great beauty. His lifetime of applied research into rhythms and water has implications for farming and irrigation, food production and water treatment and re-cycling.
Floris Books, Edinburgh, 2003. Softback. 239 pages. NEW
A superb two volume guide to early and late flowering perennial garden plants featuring over 2,500 plants illustrated in superb colour photographs, some taken in the wild. These books are part of the well known series of titles from Phillips and Rix and must rank as some of the finest and most usefull and beautiful garden plant reference books ever published.
Pan Books Ltd, London, 1991. Hardbacks with dust jackets. Vol I 240 pages, Vol II 252 pages. AS NEW
Covers 700 species, including the well-known and the uncommon found in cultivation and these are the genera that are hardy in the temperate zones. 60 line drawings and 100 photographs. A very authoritative work.
B.T. Batsford Ltd., in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, London, 1973. Hardback with dust jacket. 240 pages. SECONDHAND
The first complete record of the laurel's history, botony, taxonomy, genetics, culture and propogation. A native of N. America these are good garden plants for New Zealand.
Hafner Press, New York, 1975. Hardback with dust jacket. 180 pages. SECONDHAND
A practical handbook for gardeners, small farmers and commercial growers. Illustrations.
Government Printer, Wellington, 1984. Softback. 77 pages. SECONDHAND
The first ever published comprehensive guide to dwarf rhododendrons and their cultivation and propogation. Well illustrated with colour plates and line drawings, this is an authoratitive work from an acknowledged expert.
B.T. Batsford Ltd. in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, London, 1973. Hardback with dust jacket. 296 pages. SECONDHAND
Surveys smaller rhododendrons in their natural habitat, their distribution, ecology and introduction into cultivation, and then moves on to garden cultivation, examining shelter, shade, climate, hardiness and plant associations. Plates, photographs and line drawings.
B.T. Batsford Ltd., London, 1985. Hardback with dust jacket. 271 pages. SECONDHAND
A lavish and comprehensive photographic survey of cultivated conifers compiled by two world authorities and published in association with the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society. The book is arranged alpabetically by genus and each species and cultivar illustrated in colour. A very fine publication.
B.T. Batsford Ltd., London, 1986. Hardback with dust jacket. 375 pages. SECONDHAND
An easy to use and practical guide to the care of woody plants for both amateurs and professionals detailing the best pruning methods for more than 450 genera of trees, shrubs, conifers and woody climbers.
Timber Press, Portland, USA. Hardback with dust jacket. 338 pages. NEW
Visual reference to a best loved fruit, offering a full directory of types with tasing commentaries, gardening and cultivation advice, and classic recipes.
Lorenz Books, Wigston, Leicestershire, UK. Hardback with dust jacket. 256 pages. NEW
A collection of 34 of the most compelling stories of heroines, femmes fatales and gardeners and roses named for them. Written by a New Zealand rose gardener and beautifully illustrated with fine portraits of women and their roses.
Hardy Grant Books, Richmond, Australia, 2012. Hardback with dust jacket. 175 pages. NEW
An excellent and absorbing social history of gardening from the Maori gardens to the present. Illustrated throughout with historic photographs, paintings and gardening ephemera. A wonderful book.
Godwit Books Random House, Auckland, 2010. Softback. 304 pages. NEW
A well researched and facinating account of the gardens of Canterbury including Maori gardens, Victorian gardens, promenade gardens and the Edwardians and after. Illustrated.
A.H. & A.W. Reed Ltd., Wellington, 1984. Hardback with dust jacket. 203 pages. SECONDHAND
The evolution of the garden at Larnach Castle, Otago, from overgrown wilderness to a vision of the South Seas, is a truly remarkable gardening adventure. This is the fully illustrated story of the garden.
David Bateman Ltd., Auckland, 2006. Hardback with dust jacket. 159 pages. SECONDHAND
An account of the spiritual and ecological work of the Finhorn community and what has become a huge organic farming initiative feeding hundreds of people.
Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, 2003. Softback. 196 pages. NEW
Unravels the elements that make up this garden's horticultural distinction. The author explores the design, maintenance of the Sissinghurst garden rooms. Each offers a lesson in achieving a distinctive style and atmosphere. 175 magical photographs complement the text.
Hodder and Stoughton, Sydney, 1996. Hardback with dust jacket. 168 pages. SECONDHAND
Chinese garden aesthetics and architecture feature in this richly illustrated account of the history, traditions and beliefs that are represented in the classic gardens of China.
Better Link Press, New York, 2013. Hardback with dust jacket. 239 pages. NEW