Life (and Death) in a Small City Garden

Author(s): Philippa Swan


When her tiny but perfect city courtyard garden transformed itself into an estuarine mudflat (minus wading birds) in the rain, landscape architect Philippa Swan knew it was time for a change. She couldn't exactly visualise her new garden but she knew it should be a shortcut out of the city, a 'somewhere-else garden'. Life (And Death) In A Small City Garden tells of the disasters and triumphs of making a real garden in an area the size of a single-car garage. Along with tips for using hair dryers and sticky tape in the garden, and turning wine into water, it offers a Mars and Venus explanation for why men like hairy fantasies and growing really big pumpkins, and insights into why courtyard gardens live fast and die young, This hilarious, candid account of contemporary urban gardening will strike a chord with all gardeners, particularly those besieged by too many grand ideas and not enough cynicism. (Preceeding text courtesy Paperback


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General Fields

  • : 9781869620790
  • : Random House New Zealand
  • : Godwit
  • : April 2001
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Philippa Swan
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 160