Editorial Introduction

James Beattie University of Waikato Welcome to the last issue of 2009, one devoted to garden history as well as an obituary to our sadly missed Geoff Park. Walter Cook, well-known through both his work on Wellington garden history and through his employment at The...

The Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Begonia House

Walter Cook Large architectural statements in a formal classical tradition are rare in New Zealand. In Wellington, when these were planned, they were often left unfinished. There are the Carrillion and the Dominion Museum on Mount Cook. Both were designed in 1929, and...

Some notes on the philosophy of Hamilton Gardens

Geoffrey Doube[1] There is an interesting and on-going philosophical debate that can be traced through the scholarly journals of human geography, landscape architecture, and garden history.[2] The central question with which this debate is concerned is, “are gardens...

Review

William Beinart and Lotte Hughes, Environment and Empire. The Oxford History of the British Empire: Companion Series. Oxford University Press, 2007. 395 pp., ISBN 978019956251. Charles Dawson In 2006, New Zealand conservation department staff and volunteers needed to...

Geoff Park: A Tribute

David Young It should come as no surprise to historians that Geoff Park, whose first love was ecology, could find a soul-mate in history. The wonder of it is that this kind of ‘dualism’ does not occur more often. After all, both are sprawling disciplines preoccupied...