The changing climate of waterwise gardening

It’s common for unexperienced gardeners to bemoan the fact that Australia doesn’t offer the most ideal climate for sustaining heavily water-dependent gardens. Often, though, this is because some Australian garden

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The scent of a eucalypt

The next time you are near a eucalypt, I want you to do one thing. Breathe in. Deeply. You’ll be able to immediately notice it. That sharp, sweet scent of

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A fervour for eucalypts: an interview with Dean Nicolle

Hailing from South Australia, Dr Dean Nicolle seems to have long held an interest in botany. From early beginnings studying horticulture in secondary school, to science at the University of

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You call that a tree? THIS is a tree!

On a family holiday in New Zealand, we were driving to the beach when we passed a small, brown sign that read ‘BIG TREE’. My dad skidded to a halt,

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Painting the Kangaroo Apple

In early 2008, I exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Botanical Art Exhibition in London. The theme for my display of eight paintings was Australian Bush Foods. Completing so

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I propose a mistle-toast

You may have heard about mistletoe because of its place in Christmas festivities. The tradition goes that you are able to kiss anyone who happens to stand under a sprig

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A different way to leave

I work in a university biological sciences department that has a large number of international staff and students. Shortly after the arrival of new international members to the department, once

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The ancient Xanthorrhoea: uncovering grass trees in Bailieston

The state forest around Bailieston in Central Victoria consists of acres of Box-ironbark and other Eucalyptus trees. Their leafy canopies offer shelter from wind and rain to resting birds. With

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‘Feed me, Seymour’: the secret lives of carnivorous plants

The idea of a plant eating an animal has always seemed to be a very contradictory notion to me. Plants, generally immobile organisms, catching prey? This very phenomenon, however, is

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