In this lavishly illustrated book, Canterbury gardener Margaret Long tells the fascinating story of Frensham, considered one of New Zealand's finest gardens. As though we were right there with her, the reader is taken on a tour through the seasons, listening as we go to Margaret's thoughts and insights about why this plant was placed here or that tree there, and what is behind her choices not just of plantings but also structures, materials, and colours. With Margaret, we are able to experience the subtle monthly interchanges that occur between nature and the gardener. This very personal and yet informative perspective on thirty years of gardening with passion makes for a delightful book, one to be treasured and shared. Highly acclaimed garden photographer Juliet Nicholas has `lived' with Frensham for an entire year, photographing its changes through the months and the seasons and providing a unique insight into the growth and development of this beautiful garden, as well as capturing one of the most frequently written comments in Frensham's visitors' book: `The garden is so peaceful'. Divided by month and season, beginning with Summer, Margaret and Juliet, in words and images respectively, reveal the story of the garden and its changes during a year at Frensham.
Margaret Long, Juliet Nicholas
H: 238mm W: 200mm Spine: 22mm