The heathland sanctuaries of Bayside

It’s a typical winter’s morning in Melbourne: raining, windy and ten degrees. But despite the weather, a group of dedicated volunteers has donned their beanies, gathered at a small heathland

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The peak of cold resistance

Australia is hot and dry. Ask any tourist on sun-drenched Bondi Beach and they will affirm this well-known paradigm. Yet although much of our flora has adapted to thrive in

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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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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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Gardens for Wildlife: promoting biodiversity conservation in urban areas

To many, nature conservation is a thing that only occurs in wilderness areas such as national parks and reserves, or areas of private land with conservation covenants or Land for

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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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