The Unusual Life of Edna Walling

The Unusual Life of Edna Walling

Book - 2005
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Edna Walling designed over 300 gardens between 1920 and 1960. Today her gardens are still considered to add value to real estate. Her achievements and the gardens themselves are well documented. Despite the fact she was a self-publicist and very unusual woman in her time, Edna's private life has remained a mystery.
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2005.
ISBN: 9781741142297
Characteristics: xv, 304, [16] p. of plates. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.


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Apr 26, 2018

This book is only tangentially about gardens. Instead, it is about landscape architect Edna Walling herself, through the houses and places she made for herself.
Walling’s own gardening columns in publications like 'Home Beautiful' were written in a jaunty, jolly-hockey-sticks sort of way, and Hardy’s text seems to have picked up a similar tone. While she does not go beyond the evidence available to her, she does break into present-tense imaginings that embroider and bring to life some of the events she describes. These imaginings are well sign-posted as conjecture, and as a reader I’m inclined to trust her renderings, given the rigour with which she supports her work otherwise.
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