Wendy whiteley and the secret garden book
Clare's Book Of The Week: Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden - Nightlife - ABC RadioImage: Penguin Australia. Wendy Whiteley, for more than 20 years, has worked on developing a public garden, her secret garden, at Lavender Bay. Within easy access of her home, the garden has transformed part of a weed-infested abandoned railway easement running along the edge of Sydney Harbour and at the base of a traditional municipal park, into a sanctuary of delight. The book is part biography, part rationale, part process and part community response. It tells us something about the way we live in cities and how people can engage and are engaging with place. It reveals the complex relationship between individuals, culture and nature in creating meaningful public space from disused land and in doing so, adding value to our cities.
Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden
I met Wendy Whiteley once at a book launch. We sat on the steps of an art gallery and talked about the weird root systems of Morton Bay fig trees. This garden, so strikingly recorded here in this superb book, has become part of the glory of Sydney harbour and includes sculptures, seating, nature paths, plants selected for colour and for texture, as well as said Moreton Bay fig trees. For more than 20 years Wendy has worked to change the original railway rubbish dump into a landscaped wonderland. Hawley talks about Wendy as an artist herself, with a fine sense of placement and style.
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Stock availability may differ in store. Please contact store to confirm. For more than twenty years Wendy Whiteley has worked to create a public garden at the foot of her harbourside home in Sydney's Lavender Bay. This is the extraordinary story of how a determined, passionate and deeply creative woman has slowly transformed an overgrown wasteland into a beautiful sanctuary for everyone to enjoy - and in the process, transformed herself. Wendy Whiteley was Brett Whiteley's wife, muse and model. An artist herself, with a finely honed aesthetic sense, she also created the interiors at the heart of Brett's iconic paintings of their Lavender Bay home.
Updated September 07, For over 20 years Wendy Whiteley has been creating a unique public garden in front of her home on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour. She spoke with Australian Story. For more than 20 years, Wendy Whiteley has been creating a unique public garden in front of her home at Lavender Bay, on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour. With canyons of high-rise buildings nearby, it is a precious sanctuary that many in the local community consider of such significance that they now want the Government to step in and protect it for all time. After Brett died, I just started clearing in front of the house.