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The Cruden Farm Garden Diaries

Michael Morrison Lisa Clausen

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Lantern
18 April 2017
Gardening; Gardens (descriptions, history etc)
Cruden Farm was given to the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch in 1928 as a wedding present from her husband Sir Keith Murdoch. The farm at Langwarrin, about 50 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, was a place she cherished throughout her long life. The beautiful garden she created there with gardener Michael Morrison is one of Australia's finest.

In 1984 Michael began to keep garden diaries, a practice that endures to this day. He writes of the plants that have thrived and those they've lost, of terrible heat and freak storms, of escaped cows and memorable parties. The diaries recount the plans he and Dame Elisabeth hatched, the triumphs and tensions, the sheer fun of making a garden together.

In an age preoccupied with selfies and spotlight chasers, Michael Morrison's diaries remind us of a different way of living - of more than forty years spent quietly but passionately dedicated to one special garden and its unique owner.
By:   Michael Morrison, Lisa Clausen
Imprint:   Lantern
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 185mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   1.040kg
ISBN:   9781921384158
ISBN 10:   1921384158
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   18 April 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

MICHAEL MORRISON Gardens are Michael Morrison's passion. After horticulture studies and 10 years working with a local nursery, in 1971 he took on Sunday morning work for Dame Elisabeth, who had had little help in the large garden since making Cruden Farm her home after her husband's death in 1952. His involvement is now all but fulltime. The partnership was significant; he and 'the boss' thought alike. Their regular circumnavigations of the garden in Dame Elisabeth's electric buggy were times of great pleasure that inspired important decisions - immediate and longer-term - about design and planting, and kept them in touch with new developments.

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