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Take you for a stroll through South Australian gardens from colonisation to the 1930s. 

Early gardening emphasised subsistence but British landscaping styles were soon introduced to a variety of larger pastoral homesteads and the city’s stately homes. Closer to Adelaide larger domestic blocks highlighted changing fashions in design and planting and a melding of individual styles.  

By the 1870s flowers were as proudly grown as vegetables and garden shows proliferated. As aesthetics overtook the purely practical, the home garden became a place to enjoy and admire. 

This presentation was recorded as part of the State Library's Live and Learn program on 10 October 2023.

Presenter: Isabel Story, Librarian, State Library of South Australia