Sunday’s Garden: Growing Heide

Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan, Mirka Mora

Sunday's Garden: Growing Heide
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Sunday’s Garden: Growing Heide

Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan, Mirka Mora

When Sunday and John Reed purchased Heide, now the site of Heide Museum of Modern Art, it was a neglected former dairy farm. At the end of their lives, it was unique among Melbourne’s parklands, densely forested with exotic and native flora, with a stunningly beautiful cottage-style kitchen garden the jewel in its crown in all, an extraordinary aesthetic accomplishment, the result of fifty years of vision, dedication and sheer hard work.

The Reeds moulded Heide into a personal Eden, connecting art with nature and creating a nourishing environment for the artists they championed Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, Charles Blackman and Mirka Mora among them. Sunday’s Garden explores the growing of Heide, and in doing so fully restores the Heide garden into the literature surrounding this inspiring site, its creators and the makers of its myths.


Just because the nights are longer and the days are colder, please do not take your eyes off your little garden plot and give up. This is when the real pleasure of a bubbling veggie soup on the stove can lift spirits, especially if you’ve cut the needed herbs from your own garden. Need inspiration? Sunday’s Garden: Growing Heide is a pleasing place to start.

Sunday Reed worked on her plot of land for years, harvesting food for her kitchen and creating splashes of colour under trees and rejoicing in the comradeship created by friends gardening together. The gift she has left all of us is a garden for life. This wonderful book has recipes in it, but not for food, not for immediate menus but for roses, and for fruit trees and for history.

This book is an ode to Heide and is filled with absolutely delicious interviews with friends, gardeners, historians and art critics and their photos. It is the perfect slice of what makes Melbourne the place to be.

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