Houses and Gardens
THE introduction to this
enchanting book on Rangitikei's heritage sums up the tone and ambience
of this book. Gardener extraordinaire Gordon Collier, whose Titoki
Point garden features in the book, comments:
"This is not a conventional
book about gardens - there are many of these. Joyce Soler has
used her artistic talents to produce a particularly personal view
of the houses and gardens of the Rangitikei, a beautiful part
of New Zealand she knows so well."
Joyce Soler has exhibited
widely in Manawatu- Wanganui regions and works in both oils and
watercolours. In this self-published book she captures some 20 houses
and gardens in the region. Among these gems are the Colonial House
at Bulls, the little Kendrick Cottage at Marton, Woodleigh Farm
and, of course, Titoki Point. The author's detailed text includes
accounts of the aspect of the gardens and species they contain.
Her paintings, done with a keen eye for detail, evoke the character
of the dwellings and their surroundings.
This is a grand guide
for any garden lover contemplating touring the region and a delightful
memento for those who already know it. Some of the houses and gardens
are historically significant and the book will prove a pertinent
record for future generations.
Houses and Gardens can be ordered from the author, Joyce Soler,
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH