# 20790

BOLDREWOOD, Rolf, Mrs. [BROWNE, Margaret Maria]

The flower garden in Australia : a book for ladies and amateurs.

$550.00 AUD

Melbourne : Melville, Mullen and Slade, 1893. Octavo, blind stamped green cloth (a few marks), spine gilt; pp. iv; 144; a planting calendar for different months of the year; hinges a little weak, title page with mild offsetting, light foxing to fore-edges, but a good copy.

‘Margaret Browne was the wife of Thomas Browne – the Australian author ‘Rolf Boldrewood’. She was born in New South Wales in 1837 and brought up by an uncle after being orphaned at an early age. From childhood she was a passionate gardener. Her husband’s novel, Robbery under arms had given him an international reputation by the time Mrs Browne published her gardening guide, in 1893. Both she and her husband were keen gardeners, and the book was written from fifty years of experience of gardening in Australian conditions and using Australian plants. It was the first Australian gardening guide written by a woman. Using a calendar style format, the book suggests what to plant when, giving detailed history and description of individual flowers, shrubs and trees.’ – State Library of South Australia https://digital.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/nodes/view/2164

Crittenden 77: ‘An excellent book’; not in Ferguson.