Pub Date 01 Nov 2016
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Horse Island, the private retreat of Christina and Trevor Kennedy, sits tucked away in an estuary of Tuross Lake on the South Coast of NSW. To the west, softened by distance, are the mountains of the Great Dividing Range. To the east is the sea. But what is most surprising in this place of great natural beauty is the remarkable garden created by Christina, featuring only Australian indigenous plants.
This great garden reveals itself gradually - as did Christina's own passion in its creation. Gardens and gardening had always been around Christina, but were not in the foreground until she was faced with the mess and devastation of the landscape when she began her first building project on the island. A timely suggestion from a friend directed her towards native plants. Christina's own desire to complement and enhance the existing natural beauty then took shape, forming the basis of her thinking and of all her designs. To visit the Island is to engage with Christina's passion, her knowledge and enthusiasm for Australian plants, and to hear her stories about all she has discovered including her mistakes and learning curves, during the long process of creating the garden.
'Horse Island', the book, reflects Christina's own desire to share the true magic of an extraordinary place. We walk beside her as she guides us around the island encouraging us to think differently about native plants and how they are used in a domestic situation. It is the author's own gardening story, her total zeal for and commitment to indigenous plants combined with gorgeous photography that creates this truly beautiful book.
After working for years as a physiotherapist running her own busy practice while her boys were growing up, Christina and her husband began to spend more and more time in their south coast retreat. This is when and where the gardening passion was ignited. Twenty five years later she is still creating the gardens of Horse Island.
A Note From the Publisher
Shortlisted for the Small Press Network's Most Underrated Book Award 2017.