Gardens of New Zealand
David Bateman Ltd
Derek Fell needs little introduction to New Zealand gardeners. The
Pennsylvania-based garden writer counts the Ellerslie Flower Show
among the many he's judged and lectured at and this book is the
fruit of research and photographs amassed here over a 10-year period.
Many of the gardens will be familiar to readers from magazine pages,
but they deserve this fresh perspective.
Among these are long-standing
gems such as Ayrlies. Bev McConnell's Whitford estate is dubbed
Auckland's finest woodland and water garden and Fell's photos attest
The first and last gardens
in this north to south odyssey also grab attention: Lindo and Laetitia
Ferguson's 33-year labour of love on Northland's historic Butler
Point and the delights of Stewart Island with its Garden Circle
- "NZ's smallest garden club".
As well as the traditional,
Fell has an eye for the avant garde. The 35 or so gardens he visits
include the eclectic retreat of Christchurch's Robyn Kilty and Otago
artist Lindsay Crooks' Brighton beachside haven, a backdrop to his
Fells says he wanted
his gardens to be distinctive, reflect the extraordinary enthusiasm
New Zealanders have for gardening, and represent all climatic regions.
book will be a compulsory addition to many readers' shelves.
Gardener, Issue 140, 2004, Page 28
(reproduced in Horticulture
in New Zealand:
Journal of the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture 2005, 8(1): 19)
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH