Category: People in Nature

Reconnecting with the South West wilderness
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Reconnecting with the South West wilderness

Looking upward, the Karri trees towered above me with their creams, pinks, oranges, yellows and deep greens curving up their smooth trunks, shining in the sun. Eucalyptus divisicolour – the scientific name says it all. My pack harness creaked and I breathed in the fresh South West air. As a black-cockatoo arrived at the branch...

The changing climate of waterwise gardening
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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 enthusiasts still find themselves deeply entrenched in European gardening traditions. It might be how their parents gardened, or it might just be the kind of...

Standing still on Kangaroo Island
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Standing still on Kangaroo Island

My book was due, and I’d had a twitch in my left eye for over two weeks. But my husband had a rare week off, so we decided to head somewhere we’d wanted to go for years – Kangaroo Island. In our usual style, it was very last minute, and most places we wanted to...

A fervour for eucalypts: an interview with Dean Nicolle
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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 Adelaide, and finally a PhD in plant systematics at Flinders University, it’s safe to say that Dean has a well established passion for plants. Not...