Christine Reid Book Launch
Thursday 1 November, 2018
OGV wishes to advise that this Event has been WITHDRAWN
General entry $20, Friends of OGV $15, Students $10
Address: Mueller Hall, Royal Botanic Gardens,
Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne
This event will launch the book ‘Gardens on The Edge’ – a collaboration between renowned garden writer Christine Reid and award-winning photographer Simon Griffiths.
In breath-taking images and insightful essays, ‘Gardens on the Edge’ explores 18 Australian gardens that are defined by extraordinary horizons. Each of the featured landscapes – from every state and territory, from outback to city – is situated on the edge of a natural frontier: rainforest, desert, bushland, river, mountain range, volcanic crater, lake, coast, harbour and saltbush plain.
In another sense, Australian gardens and their owners are always ‘on the edge’ in dealing with the endless vagaries of nature, from drought to dust, fires to flood. In telling stories of these gardens, Christine Reid reveals the diversity and character of the Australian continent – and celebrates the imagination and resilience of those who have met the challenges of creating, reconstructing or restoring their ‘vision splendid’ in an ancient and often unforgiving land.
About Christine Reid
As a garden writer with a wide-ranging background in newspapers and magazines, Christine Reid’s principal interest is the social and cultural history of gardens and designed landscapes, historic and contemporary. Her extensive writings on gardens appear in major lifestyle magazines in both Australia and the UK, she has been the Australian contributor to the English publication Gardens Illustrated since 1998. Christine has also been writer and consulting editor for many international garden books including The Oxford Companion to the Garden (Oxford University Press, 2006) and The Gardeners’ Garden (Phaidon, 2014).
About Simon Griffiths
Simon Griffiths is a Melbourne-based photographer who specialises in gardens. He has worked on a large number of gardening books, including this latest book by Christine Reid, and nine books with Paul Bangay. Simon’s own gardening book written and illustrated by himself is Garden Love – a collection of twenty Australian gardens including his own, published by Thames and Hudson will be released in October.