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Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden - Janet Hawley

Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden

Hardcover Published: 23rd September 2015
ISBN: 9781921383939
Number Of Pages: 304

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For more than twenty years Wendy Whiteley has worked to create a public garden at the foot of her harbourside home in Sydney's Lavender Bay. This is the extraordinary story of how a determined, passionate and deeply creative woman has slowly transformed an overgrown wasteland into a beautiful sanctuary for everyone to enjoy - and in the process, transformed herself.

Wendy Whiteley was Brett Whiteley's wife, muse and model. An artist herself, with a finely honed aesthetic sense, she also created the interiors at the heart of Brett's iconic paintings of their Lavender Bay home. When Brett died, followed by the death nine years later of their daughter Arkie, Wendy threw her grief and creativity into making an enchanting hidden oasis out of derelict land owned by the New South Wales Government. This glorious guerrilla garden is Wendy's living artwork, designed with daubs of colour, sinuous shapes and shafts of light.

This is Wendy's story but it's also the story of the countless people who cherish the Secret Garden.

About the Author

Janet Hawley enjoyed a wide readership in her thirty-year career as a senior feature writer on Good Weekend Magazine, published in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

She's renowned for her intimate profiles of artists and creative people, and trusted by her interview subjects to explore their private worlds and mysteries of the creative process. She's published two books on artists, Artists In Conversations and Encounters With Australian Artists. Her book, A Place on the Coast, co-authored with Philip Cox, explores love of gardens, art and architecture.

Her wide-ranging feature writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian has won her numerous major awards, including two Walkley Awards and the Gold Walkley.

Janet's long friendship with Brett and Wendy Whiteley led to her writing the story of Wendy's major opus, the Secret Garden.

Wonderful pictures.

5

.... and a really interesting life story.

Adelaide

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Beautiful Book

5

Absolutely beautiful book - purchased as a gift for Mother's Day - lovely wrapping and as always extra speedy delivery to regional NSW by Booktopia

NorthWest NSW

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Great book as a present

5

Beautiful photos

Sydney, Australia

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environmental and historical

4

To promote an amazingly prominant space on one of the most beautiful foreshores in the world. Show how an urban space can be transformed into a place where families can enjoy the environment.

Sth East Qld Aus

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Highly recommend

4

My book club friends & I were introduced to the garden by my brother, a magical,peaceful place. I have returned many times taking friends & family to share this beautiful spot.I received this book as a Xmas gift so in turn I purchased it as a gift for both my brother & sister who adore it.

Wollongong

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Inspirational Transformation of Derelict Space

5

I love this moving tribute to Wendy Whiteley's hard work and determination in transforming an unloved public space. The effect of this healing place fanned out exponentially when people were employed to help and continues to build as more people visit. The book itself is a great pleasure to hold; with its large format and ribbon bookmark, masses of photos and (for me) the most interesting context via maps and history of the land.

Montville, QLD, AU

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A treasure

5

The most beautiful book on the garden created by Wendy Whiteley,widow of Brett. The pictures are so beautiful, the text interesting and the intimate family photos make you feel like part of the family. The garden is a treasure and the book is a constant reminder of its beauty It will be my favourite coffee table book and will be there for friends and visitors to browse and enjoy this magnificent garden....as we did when we visited it in April

Sydney

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A beautiful book

5

A magnificent book that deserves a wide readership to show how a wasteland can be regenerated. Also a valuable history of Australian artists.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Amazing

5

Beautiful book, with a wonderful story behind each picture.

Sunshine Coast

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Inspirational and true to life

5

Any woman would be inspired by this book not to mention garden lovers and environmentally conscious people. What a strong woman Wendy Whitely is.

DON VALLEY

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ISBN: 9781921383939
ISBN-10: 1921383933
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 23rd September 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 32.7 x 25.6  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 2.09
Edition Number: 1

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