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Learn how to up­cy­cle in style and ex­plore the world’s best gar­dens

NZ House & Garden - - NOTED -

UP­CY­CLING WITH STYLE

Sarah Heeringa, New Hol­land Pub­lish­ers, $40, 266 pages, pa­per­back

In­ter­est­ing homes are not cre­ated by shop­ping, says Sarah Heeringa, who’s a fan of tak­ing time to cre­ate a home full of things that have sig­nif­i­cance. This is her sec­ond book on up­cy­cling and is widerang­ing, fea­tur­ing up­hol­stery projects, fur­ni­ture restora­tion (the leather re­pair ex­am­ples are im­pres­sive) and tips for sewing cur­tains, cush­ions and loose cov­ers. While you could find a lot of the how-to info on the web, Heeringa is skil­ful with colour and pulls off these projects with style that will in­spire. Shock­ing pink draw­ers re­painted in om­bré shades are a suc­cess as are the scruffy old plant pots turned into a pretty set in tone-on-tone shades of blue. Rose­mary Bar­r­a­clough is NZ House & Gar­den’s as­so­ciate ed­i­tor

GARDENLUST

Christo­pher Woods, Tim­ber Press, NZ dis­trib­u­tor Bookreps, $100,

415 pages, hard­back

The au­thor is one of gar­den­ing’s heavy­weights, hav­ing been di­rec­tor of the US Chan­ti­cleer Gar­den for 20 years. He’s also an en­ter­tain­ing writer and has be­come a rov­ing gar­den ex­plorer, com­pil­ing this se­lec­tion of 50 of the world’s best and most in­no­va­tive pub­lic and pri­vate gar­dens cre­ated in the last two decades. Three Kiwi gar­dens hold their own. My favourites from over­seas? Juan Grimm’s bril­liant South Amer­i­can cre­ations, The Tree Mu­seum in Switzer­land and a Mo­roc­can gar­den with 14,000 foun­tain grass plants set in squares among olives (ap­par­ently owned by Ki­wis who live in Lon­don). Gar­den lust in­deed, these beau­ties cer­tainly got my pulse rac­ing. Rose­mary Bar­r­a­clough

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