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HI Michael, a comment on your article in Gardening Australia magazine…about gardening trends and nature-inspired planting. I was surprised that you did not mention Edna Walling, who gardened extensively with natural planting and design in Australia in the early 20th century. She never had enormous popularity but some of her gardens still exist today and there are several lovely books dedicated to her life and gardens – I thoroughly recommend them.
Thanks Bronwyn. I’m not sure that I agree that Edna Walling’s planting design was ‘nature-inspired’ in the way that I was talking. Certainly she liked informal, woodland-y planting, and liked wiggly paths with no firm edge etc, but my mental images are closer to, say, the informal planting of Gertrude Jekyll at Munstead Wood than to Karl Foerster’s revolutionary (and, curiously, contemporaneous with EW) planting in Germany. She was a great champion of the conservation of roadsides, but that type of planting didn’t creep into her gardens.
I’m also surprised that you say she never achieved enormous popularity. Her articles in Home Beautiful were widely followed, and her books popular. In fact, I reckon you could argue that she was one of the only known names in garden design in the 20th Century, until Paul Bangay came along in the mid ’80′s.
But I appreciate your comment. It made me rethink my assumptions. She was certainly an early voice for the use of natives, which eventually led to the bush-garden movement of the 70′s
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