2016 SEQUEL to the Award winning

Exceptional Australian Garden Makers (2013)


Influential Australian Garden People

Their Stories

Beautifully illustrated, fully indexed and referenced, Influential Australia Garden People: their stories follows the influences of our current generation of garden writers, media personalities and garden designers. Journey with them as they relate their own experience within the context of increased urbanization, shifts in lifestyle choices and concern for environmental sustainability.

Immerse yourself in the lives of Australia’s Influential Garden Shapers and Creators including Paul Bangay, Myles Baldwin, Jim Fogarty, Andrew Laidlaw and Arno King. These contemporary garden creators may all design totally different style gardens but they share many similar experiences. Influential Australian Garden People is a book full of personal stories gleaned and gathered by listening to some of Australia’s most influential garden people. This generation represents a fundamental shift in the values and beliefs attached by our society to nature, landscape and cultivated spaces.

280 X 280 full colour,  200 pp, soft cover

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‘What an honour it is to be featured in Anne Vale’s new book, ‘Influential Australian Garden People and Their Stories’. Dr. Anne Vale is a historian, lecturer and garden photographer. This latest book is a sequel to her 2013 award winning title, ‘Exceptional Australian Garden Makers’. I am enjoying reading about colleagues like Jane Edmanson, Steven Ryan and Tim Entwisle. Other Queenslanders featured include Arno King and Paul Plant.’  Annette McFarlane, October 2016.

Click on the link to hear Anne discussing Influential Australian Garden People with Michael Williams on ‘Blueprint for Living, Radio National October 13th 2016

ABC RN: The shaping of contemporary Australian gardens

Who are the leaders in Australian garden design and contemporary thinking? 

Dear Anne

I received your lovely book on Tuesday. It’s a very fine publication and the content is varied and original. I congratulate you on such high quality. I have been dipping in and out and am fascinated by the stories of some of the people about whom I had known very little. I feel quite overwhelmed to be listed in such company, but delighted too as it has given me an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the people who inspired and influenced me. (Merilyn Kuchel, South Australia October 2016)


Influential Australian Garden People: their stories is available from the following select bookshops.

  • Aesops Attic, Kyneton Vic (03) 5422 6059Avenue Bookstore Albert Park Vic (03) 9690 2227

  • Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery, Sorrento, Victoria (03) 5984 4217

  • Aspects Kings Park, Perth WA (08) 94803900

  • Avenue Bookstore, Richmond Vic (03) 03 8456 0627

  • Avenue Bookstore, Elsternwick Vic (03) 03 9523 6405

  • Avenue Bookstore, Albert Park Vic (03) 9690 2227

  • Beechworth Books, Beechworth, Vic, (03) 5728 2880

  • Books in Print Malvern Vic (03) 9500 9631

  • ‘Florilegium’ The Garden Bookstore, NSW (02) 9571 8222

  • Country Tales, Mansfield. Vic. (03) 5775 1701

  • Hill of Content, Melbourne Vic (03) 96629472

  • Jindivick Nursery, Jindivick Vic (03) 56285316

  • Lindfield Bookshop, Lindfield, NSW (02) 9416 4201

  • Matilda Bookshop, Sterling SA (08) 83393931

  • Mostly Books, Torrens Park, SA, (08) 83735190

  • Readings, State Library Vic (03) 8664 7540

  • Readings, Doncaster (03) 9347 6633

  • Readings, Hawthorne Vic 9819 191703

  • Stoneman’s Bookroom, Castlemaine Vic (03) 5470 5134

  • The Garden Shop, Melbourne and Cranbourne RBG Victoria (03) 9252 2341

  • The Rural Bookshop



Catherine Stewart, editor of Garden Drum. (AGHS Journal: vol 28 no 2, October 2016, p 30).

Anne Vale (2016) Influential Australian garden people: their stories

‘Anne Vale’s Influential garden people, a companion volume to the pre-1980s focus of her first book Exceptional Australian garden makers, examines where garden making is today, revealed through in-depth interviews with some of Australia’s most influential garden communicators and garden designers. A few are the ‘usual suspects’ but, refreshingly, many are quiet influencers, less well known outside their own climate zone or city (which shows how parochial we are) but whose ideas and creative reach are already inspiring current and future gardeners.

However it is Vale’s chapter on ‘Unpacking the Themes’ that is the real gem, for what is commentary without useful analysis? We learn what kind of family influence makes a new gardener, of the learning style that should be most valued by our current educators, and the reasons why horticulture lags behind other professions in status and remuneration. And there’s the wonderful exploding of that silly idea of trying to create or even describe that slippery eel of a uniquely ‘Australian garden’. ‘



Review: Influential Australian Garden People: Their Stories






OCTOBER 11, 2016 • 8
Influential Australian Garden People: Their Stories.

Our Australian Gardens, Kim Woods Rabbidge

‘Dr Anne Vale’s just released book, ‘Influential Australian Garden People: Their Stories’, features nineteen current ‘Mind Shapers’ and ‘Garden Creators’ who’ve educated and inspired Australian designers, horticulturists, and gardeners.

It’s an absorbing read, especially when these women and men, in their own words, candidly reflect on who and what influenced their own career paths…..’

Click on the link below to read review


John Dwyer’s new book traces the fascinating history of many common plants that we now treat as weeds. From the thistles and thorns that appear in the Bible, to the seeds eaten by Stone Age people, and the grasses and flowers brought to Australia by European settlers, the story of the relationship between people and weeds is a complex and intriguing one. Here it is told in a lively and engaging way for readers with or without botanical knowledge. Anybody interested in gardening, agriculture, the natural environment, medicinal herbs or cooking will glean a great deal from John Dwyer’s account of some of the most ancient plants known to humankind.

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Exceptional Australian Garden Makers



Hi Anne,

I have just finished reading your book and wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was. Although I purchased it about 2 years ago I hadn’t got around to reading it but was able to do that this summer. Each morning over breakfast I devoured a few pages. Although I knew of the garden makers, your research really filled in the gaps. Your writing style was also very easy to read.

Thank you again and keep up the good work.

Warm Regards,

Rosemary Ulph

Garden Designer, Your Garden Oasis, MELBOURNE

Exceptional Australian Garden Makers was available from the following select bookshops, some may still have stock

  • Booked Nth Adelaide SA (08) 83619866
  • Bookgrove Ocean Grove  Vic (03) 52555973
  • Carrick Hill Shop Springfield SA (08) 84331700
  • Collins Booksellers Sale Vic (03) 5144 6262
  • Rosetta Books Maleny  Qld (07)54352134
  • Andrew Isles Vic (03) 95105750  9510 5750
  • Books in Print Malvern Vic (03) 9500 9631
  • Botanic Garden Shop Melbourne and Cranbourne Vic (03) 9252 2341
  • Readings Camberwell Vic 9819 1917
  • Avenue Bookstore Albert Park Vic (03) 9690 2227
  • Trading Post Mt Macedon Vic (03) 5426 1471
  • Aesops Attic Kyneton Vic (03) 5422 6059
  • Buda Castlemaine Vic (03) 5472 1032
  • Kuranga Nursery Shop Vic (03) 9760 8100
  • Stonemans Bookroom Castlemaine Vic (03)  5470 5134 
  • Jindivick Nursery Vic (03) 56285316
  • Patons Bookshop Geelong  Vic (03) 52296622
  • Readings SLV (03) Vic 86647540
  • Fullers Hobart Tas (03) 62343800
  • Prahran Mechanics Institute Vic (03) 95103393
  • Readers Feast Bookstore Vic (03) 96624699
  • The Royal Historical Soc. Vic. (03) 93269288
  • Hill of Content Vic (03) 96629472
  • Collins Booksellers  Sunbury Vic (03) 97441533
  • National Trust gift shop  Berwick Vic (03) 97071518
  • Matilda Bookshop Sterling SA (08) 83393931
  • Aspects Kings Park WA (08) 94803900

Exceptional Australian Garden Makers

280 X 280 full colour,  200 pp, soft cover

The Garden at Dalvui

12 page booklet describing the garden at Dalvui written by Dr Anne Vale and published by the Australian Garden History Society


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