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Cottage and garden in Australia

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Creator: Walling, Edna, 1896-1973

Place of Creation: Melbourne

Published by Oxford University Press

Date of creation : 1947

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Edna Walling is seen by many as the most influential figure in the development of an Australian gardening design. Born in Yorkshire, she arrived in Melbourne with her parents in 1915, aged 19. Her mother decided Edna would study horticulture. Following her studies, Edna approached an architect friend requesting work as a garden designer. By the late 1920s, through her design work and her writing, she was already becoming a household name across Australia.

In 1924 Walling began writing a gardening column for Home journal and became a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers across Australia, including the Advertiser and the News . Her first book, Gardens in Australia , was published in 1943 and ran into several editions. In 1947 Cottage and garden in Australia appeared. Over a period of more than 50 years Edna Walling designed some 350 gardens. Her simple philosophies on gardening appeared in hundreds of journal and newspaper columns.

The mark of Edna Walling's gardens was the use of dry stone walling. Initially her work was strongly influenced by the English woman Gertrude Jekyll, but Walling increasingly turned to using native plants. She became a passionate conservationist, fighting for preservation of the Australian Bush, and concerned also about soil erosion and water conservation.

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