Prunings and pickings from the 13th New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy and Food History, Hamilton Gardens 1 – 2 February 2020

This was my first New Zealand Symposium, and an enjoyable, stimulating and illuminating gathering it was. The theme was gardens, and the venue, appropriately, was the Hamilton Gardens with its Te Parapara Maaori garden and its kitchen, herb, and sustainable 'enclosed gardens'. Below are sketches of some of the highlights for me. The proceedings will …

Not a hollyhock in sight: Home gardens of three women in remote Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

In February 2020 I presented a paper at the 13th New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy and Food held at the Hamilton Gardens. In this paper I look at the gardens of two women in remote Australia to see what light they throw on how women lived in remote Australia in the later 19th and early …