Gardens of the Greats: Expressions of Extraordinary People is a coffee table book that celebrates some of the wonderful people in New Zealand and internationally who have generously given so much of their love, time, money and energy to the causes they care for, bringing long-lasting benefits to communities, countries and the world.
It grew out of our central belief — that our environment shapes who we are. A garden is also a reflection of our essence, an endless source of inspiration that gives us a sense of belonging essential to our human nature.
As Sir Ray Avery puts it “Every book tells a story, this is about us and how our gardens are the sanctuaries of our souls."
Although they vary widely in age and background, these energetic and entrepreneurial people are united in their philanthropy, their care for others, and the inspiration they provide for all of us. Intriguing personal narratives are woven together with their love of nature and art, because their gardens, from the modest to the majestic, also reflect their personalities, values and aspirations.
It is not a book about gardening advice or landscape design but about inspiring people and how their garden tell their stories.
Art is food for our souls and wellbeing and some of the proceeds from the sale of the books are going to The Arts Foundation of New Zealand.
Happy reading — savour each story.
This coffee table hard back book comes with a dust jacket and bookmark and is wrapped individually in cardboard. It is a great gift with purpose for your clients and loved ones and will be delivered in November 2018.