This part-scrapbook, part-journal and part-photo album tells the story of Susan Southam and her husband Peter's creation of a garden paradise, over many years in their family home. The lavish illustrations and delicate photographs make this book a superb visual pleasure. Velvet Pears is also full of practical ideas on gardening in harmony with an idiosyncratic Australian country garden. Southam takes a seasonal approach, including suggestions as far ranging as planting schemes to favourite recipes, celebrating and decorating, all taken from her own garden. Inspirational notes, poems and lyricisms are also dew-dropped throughout the book's pages.
Southam moved to a small country town on the south-eastern coast of Australia at age 11, where she found her passion for gardening. While living at Foxglove Spires, she has also begun work as a photographer.
Reviewed by Karen Coleman, Booktopia Buzz Editor
A lavishly illustrated and deeply personal story of the creation of an idiosyncratic Australian country garden, Velvet Pears is an inspirational book that is also full of practical ideas. Author Susan Southam created the amazing garden at Foxglove Spires on the land of an old dairy paddock. Susan generously shares her life’s lessons in this beautiful gift book. Velvet Pears captures the essence of living simply and with the seasons, within a local community, with a sustainable lifestyle.
About the Author
Susan Southam was born in Sydney. At the age of 11, she moved with her family to a small country town on the south-eastern coast of Australia where she found her passion for gardening. At Foxglove Spires, in her house and garden, Susan creates beautiful pictures, layered with romance and beauty.
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Comments about Velvet Pears:
This was a lovely book that displayed Susan's passion and love as she created this beautiful garden. It inspired us to again visit her garden and although she had since sold the garden, it was still inspirational. We were disappointed with how the garden had been managed since her departure but it showed us what not to do in our own garden. Susan had indicated in her book that she had made mistakes and her new garden will rectify those mistakes. A lovely passion shone through.
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st April 2009
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 22.5 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 1.4
Edition Number: 1