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Wellingtons Heritage, Plants, Gardens and Landscapes by Winsome Shepherd, Published by Tepapa 2001 (Printed with Corrections), Softcover, Pgs 256, b&w + colour photos, maps, appendix, index.

Condition: In as new condition, no markings or inscriptions within, clean and bright throughout.

"When the first European settlers arrived on the beach at Petone in 1840, the land they expected to turn into a city was heavily forested and swampy. After several months, the New Zealand Company decided to develop some flat land at the far end of the harbour, now known as Thorndon, and the settlement of Wellington had begun. Plants and seeds were the most precious things the settlers brought with them. As soon as they could, they began to clear the land and plant. In November 1841, the first Horticultural Society was formed, and after ten days it had 103 members. The Society was seen as a way of bringing settlers and local Maori together, and a means to share seeds, plants, cuttings, produce and expertise. This book tells the story of the Wellington landscape, and its private and public gardens, from colonial times to the present. It looks in detail at key plantsmen and gardeners in the nineteenth century in Wellington and the Hutt Valley, gives a history of gardens of special interest and describes the development of the Botanic Gardens and the Town Belt. Wellington's distinctive wildflowers are also well illustrated." . Chapters include: Emigration and survival, Country Acres in the Hutt Valley, Country Acres Around Lambton Harbour, The Town Acres: Settlers' Gardens, Gardens of special significance, The Horticultural and A&P Societies, Wellington's Pioneer Nurserymen and Seedsmen, Tea Gardens, The City Landscape, Wellington's parks, Nursery Catalogues and Early Plant Introductions. Please click here to ask a question
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