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by Susan Mcaffer
The golden age of gardening owes much to the endeavours of a few key people, including Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville West, Australia's Edna Walling and, in New Zealand, Nancy Steen. Born in 1898, Nancy displayed an early talent for gardening and art. During her lifetime she embraced a range of activities in these two complimentary fields, including working as a studio artist in the 1920s, exhibiting regularly at the Auckland Society of Arts and developing and landscaping her own impressive garden. She dedicated herself passionately to the study and cultivation of old roses, and was keenly sought after as a speaker and writer. With her husband, she toured the countryside searching out old species of roses. Her authoritative book The Charm of OId Roses was published in 1966 and has ensured her a place among the world's authorities on old roses. Nancy Steen died in 1986. This book is a delightful and enlightening biography of a gardener. Illustrated throughout with Nancy's woodcuts and an illustrated alphabet featuring New Zealand native plants, it is a charming tribute to a celebrated gardener.
Hard cover, 2000, 123pages, in very good condition
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