Book - The Italian Garden

Book - The Italian Garden

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Cecilia Hewlett & Narelle McAuliffe, with gardening notes by Paul Bangay


Cecilia Hewlett is the Director of the Monash University Prato Centre and a historian of the Italian Renaissance.


Narelle McAuliffe is the Communications and Alumni Engagement Coordinator for the Monash University Prato Centre.


Paul Bangay is one of Australia’s pre-eminent landscape designers and gardening authorities. He is the author of nine books and was awarded the Centenary Medal (General List) for designing and constructing the AIDS Garden at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne (2000). In the Australia Day Honours list for 2018, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the General Division 'for service to landscape architecture'.

Restoring a Renaissance Garden in Tuscany


The remarkable story of the project undertaken by Paul Bangay and Monash University to transform a neglected car park at the university's Prato campus in Tuscany into a traditional Renaissance walled garden, befitting its location.  


The Italian Garden is part restoration story, part vicarious travel tale and along with chapters on the history of the Italian garden and the Renaissance, and Prato's troubled history with its neighbours, contains a completely fascinating account of how the discovery fifty years ago of a series of neglected and hidden fifteenth century frescos led to the creation of the stunning Palazzo Vaj garden, inspired by the water features, grottos and planting symmetry of classic Italian Renaissance gardens.


192 pp HB
229 x 178 mm
Illustrated in colour throughout

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