Presented by Richard Heathcote, curator of historic Ripponlea, and spanning Australia's earliest colonial residences, from the verandah-clad pastoral homesteads to ornate Victorian mansions and Edwardian townhouses, this series presents the best of Australia's built and botanical history. It breaks through layers of history to reveal the personalities, foibles and passions of the people who helped create so many beautiful landmarks, and while inherently Australian, the themes explored are universal. Ep 1 - Retrospective Richard explores the efforts of the first settlers to create "home" in a harsh climate where the conditions were the complete opposite to what they had left behind 'in England's green and pleasant land'. Ep 2 - Cornucopia We look at the Victorians and what they contributed. Ep 3 - Squattocracy We look at the contribution of the squattocracy. Ep 4 - Optimism We look at 20th century designers. Ep 5 - Foundations We look at the contribution migrants have made to our gardening culture. Ep 6 - Equinox We look at the contribution of designers from the bush gardener Gordon Ford to the highly individualistic Vladimir Sitta.
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