A Celebration of Wattle

Australia's National Floral Emblem

A Celebration of Wattle

The Wattle is a type of Acacia found in Australia. The Acacia pycnantha (Golden Wattle) is Australia's floral emblem. It is a tree which flowers in late winter and spring, producing a mass of fragrant, fluffy, golden flowers. To the people of Australia, the Wattle stands for "home, country, kindred, sunshine, and love - every instinct that the heart most deeply enshrines." This book is a revised edition of Wattle (AGPS, 1991). With its beautiful color illustrations, the book is a celebration of 'all things Wattle.' It includes numerous Wattle Day memories, along with a brief history of the Wattle Day Association. It also contains an anthology of poems related to the Wattle. A Celebration of Wattle: Australia's National Emblem examines the botanical battle for Australia's retention of the name Acacia. It also discusses the 'Hiroshima connection' and more. *** "A Celebration of Wattle is a treasury for botany enthusiasts and Australian patriots alike!" - Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch, The Botany Shelf, July 2013

Sprinter and Sprummer

Australia's Changing Seasons

Sprinter and Sprummer

Challenges the traditional four seasons, and encourages us to think about how we view changes in our natural world.

Reading the Garden

Reading the Garden

"Whether a small plot in the backyard of an inner-urban home or a capital city's sprawling botanic garden, Australians have long desired a patch of dirt to plough or enjoy. 'Reading the garden' explores our deep affection for gardens and gardening and illuminates their numerous meanings and uses from European settlement to the late twentieth century."--Cover.

Reason, Religion and the Australian Polity

A Secular State?

Reason, Religion and the Australian Polity

How did the concept of the secular state emerge and evolve in Australia and how has it impacted on its institutions? This is the most comprehensive study to date on the relationship between religion and the state in Australian history, focusing on the meaning of political secularity in a society that was from the beginning marked by a high degree of religious plurality. This book tracks the rise and fall of the established Church of England, the transition to plural establishments, the struggle for a public Christian-secular education system, and the eventual separation of church and state throughout the colonies. The study is unique in that it does not restrict its concern with religion to the churches but also examines how religious concepts and ideals infused apparently secular political and social thought and movements making the case that much Australian thought and institution building has had a sacral-secular quality. Social welfare reform, nationalism, and emerging conceptions of citizenship and civilization were heavily influenced by religious ideals, rendering problematic traditional linear narratives of secularisation as the decline of religion. Finally the book considers present day pluralist Australia and new understandings of state secularity in light of massive social changes over recent generations.

Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration

25 Years of the Garden Conservancy

Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration

The Garden Conservancy is celebrating its 25th anniversary with this beautifully illustrated book that documents a selection of the outstanding public and private gardens it has worked with since its founding in 1989. The book showcases eight gardens the conservancy has helped preserve and 43 of the more than 3,000 private gardens across the country that have been opened to the public through its Open Days Program. The private gardens cover a wide variety of regions, habitats, designs, and plants, from early spring through autumn. Featured private gardens include Panayoti Kelaidis’s rock garden in Denver, Colorado; Deborah Whigham and Gary Ratway’s collection of native and Mediterranean plants and earth walls in Albion, California; and James David’s imaginative mix of heat-tolerant plants, rills, and pools in Austin, Texas.

Wattle

Wattle

A tribute to Australia's national floral emblem, with historical and botanical information, poems, stories and songs about wattle, and a regional list of species.

Chukrasia

Biology, Cultivation and Utilisation

Chukrasia


Classrooms in the Shade

Classrooms in the Shade

From the opening Sanskrit mantra to the final act of voting in South Africa's first democratic elections, this lyrical memoir provides a unique perspective on South Africa's modern history. The account shows how a young Hindu woman of Indian ancestry, living in South Africa in the 1940s, defied convention, married a Muslim man, and became an activist at time when Muslim women were seldom seen in such a role. As a teacher, she spoke up during the political strife of that highly segregated era, which included the relocation of Indians and angry student boycotts, and here shares her philosophies and insights into education. Filled with characters from both a personal and national context, the memoir captures the nuances of an important time and place.