‘Tommy Garnett, who wrote the essays of this collection and John Turner, whose illustrations enrich it… were raised in England, but… became Australians to the core… So the real subject of this book is to communicate their vision – apparently instinctive, but in reality the product of centuries of cultural conditioning – that productive land-use… can coexist with a whole world of activities and natural processes…’
– George Seddon
This is an anthology of articles written by Tommy Garnett for The Age in his weekly column ‘From the Country’. These provocative articles went beyond basic gardening issues to question a wide range of environmental and cultural assumptions. We see Garnett at his best, (as Australia’s leading gardening writer) revealing a truly enquiring mind and wicked sense of humour.
Seddon’s commentaries traverse a wide range of themes to illustrate how Garnett, and other expatriate Englishmen, ushered in an entirely new environmental ethos — which in turn has contributed to our much better understanding today — of what it is to be an Australian.