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‘The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.’ – Stanley Kunitz

Here, we explore the nuances of the relationship between humans and the natural world. We share provocative ideas and thoughtful opinions, and ask plenty of questions about what it means to be here, now.

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Regeneration: Bringing the World back to Life

Culture, EcologyFind out more about regenerative thinking - why it's important, and where to start.

Indoctrinated by Plants

Botanica, CultureDiving into psychedelic medicine via profiles of three common, natural sources of psychedelics. By Liam Engel and Prue Gibson.

The World we Make: A Musing on Place and Belonging

CultureWhat does it take to fall in love with place, asks Annabel Boyer.

The Pleasure Garden of the Living and Dead

Culture, GardensEcosexuality and Derek Jarman's garden.

Between the Lines

CultureAn inexhaustive exploration of line and desire.

A Line Across the Deep

CultureThe courage and patience required to make art can be found in unlikely places.

Reckoning with Marianne North

Art & Design, CultureChristin Geall reflects on privilege, art and plants.

Scent and Memory

Culture, MemoirOur sense of smell tethers us unconsciously and elusively to people, places and our past. How? Why?

A Forestless Path

Culture, Ecology'I wonder whether I walked through a forest at all.' Courtney Adamson comes to ground in a desecrated landscape.

Labour Relations

CultureRecognising the value of life-supporting work in the home and garden.

The Wild Streets of Vancouver

Culture, GardensA city lets its grass grow.

The Collector

Agriculture, CultureNikolaj Vavilov lived, and died, for diversity.

Love Letters to Country

Culture, PeopleGamilaraay writer Marika Duczynski yarns with Wiradjuri artist, poet and author Jazz Money about language and Country.

The Law of the Land

Culture, EcologyWorking towards legal ancestral personhood for Martuwarra, the Fitzroy River.

Desire Lines: An Introduction to Issue Three

CultureA sneak peek into Wonderground Issue Three, due for release in early June 2022.

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CultureA most excellent giveaway.

Get Lost!

Culture, MemoirArtist Clare James on the joys of going off track.

Other-Motherhood

Culture, MemoirGeorgina Reid discovers what it really means to care.

Knowing River

Culture, EssaysMarika Duczynski gets to know Dyarubbin, the Hawkesbury River.

The Lost Flora

Art & Design, Culture, EssaysWhat can the stories of plants teach us about living with extinction?

Keeping Track

Culture, EssaysDavid Whitworth explores new and old ways of seeing nature.

Full Stop

Culture, MemoirTim Rushby-Smith learns a new way of being in nature.

Minding the Garden

Conversations, Culture, GardensPsychiatrist, gardener and author Sue-Stuart Smith in conversation with Georgina Reid

The Poem that Saved a Forest

CulturePoet Jacqueline Suskin on questions of time, transformation and activism.

Welcome to the Planthroposcene: A Conversation with Natasha Myers

Conversations, CultureCultural anthropologist Natasha Myers chats with Georgina Reid about growing new worlds.

On Country

Culture, MemoirSome things, like gardening, come late. Others, like Country, are always there, according to Zena Cumpston.

Nurturing Nature: School-Based Nature Education

Culture, EssaysGrowing connections beyond the classroom with school-based nature education programs.

River Garden Diaries: An Aesthetic of Care

Culture, GardensGeorgina Reid explores explore an aesthetic of care that moves beyond the human as source and beneficiary of action. A de-centring of human desire in the garden.

Crime Pays but Botany Doesn’t

Botanica, Culture, PeopleFelix de Rosen roams the streets with Youtube botanist Joey Santore

Introduction: Wonderground Issue One

CultureAn introduction to the inaugural issue of Wonderground journal, by editor Georgina Reid.

A Message From the Flood Zone

CultureThe NSW floods are a call to take action on climate change, writes Anna Rose.

A Remnant of Rainforest

CultureWriter Freya Latona finds respite in a patch of remnant rainforest.

Deity, Demon or Somewhere In-between: Eucalyptus Trees in California

Botanica, CultureJeff Perry explores the complex story of gum trees in California.

Saving Grace: Bill Henson Moves his Childhood Garden

Culture, GardensBill Henson moves his late mother's garden, before the bulldozers arrive.

The Dwindling Glades of Gondwana

Botanica, CultureEssayist Peter Grant on the plight of Tasmania's endemic, and imperilled, Pencil Pine.

Growing the Future: A Conversation with Lille Madden

CultureLille Madden is a climate activist, bird nerd and the First Nations Director at Groundswell Giving.

Introducing Wonderground Issue Two: LOST

CultureFind out more about Wonderground Issue Two.

River Diaries: Getting Lost in the Issue

CultureA behind-the-scenes peek into the process of making Wonderground Issue Two.

Dirt is Good: Notes on Gardening in Australia

Culture, GardensAuthor Belinda Probert on growing a connection to her adopted country via gardening.

You’ll Never Plough a Field by Turning it Over in Your Mind

CultureWhat we do to the soil, we do to ourselves. An excerpt from Matthew Evan's new book, Soil: The incredible story of what keeps the earth, and us, healthy.

Tall Tree Tales: Inga Simpson’s Book of Australian Trees

CultureInga Simpson's Book of Australian Trees brings the forest to the living room and classroom, helping kids see the leafy life around us.

Growing Compost and Community

CultureHannah Churton started a street composting hub during the COVID-19 lockdown, diverting over two tonnes of food waste from landfill and growing strong community connections. A gorgeous story.

River Garden Diaries: Playing in the Layers

Culture, GardensA musing by Georgina Reid on gardening in the space between knowledge and intuition.

River Garden Diaries: The Mind is a Garden

CultureGeorgina Reid explores the relationship between gardening the earth and the mind.

Growing Knowledge: The Value of University Food Gardens

CultureWhy universities need to embrace practical, as well as theoretical, knowledge.

Running with the Plants: Women Leading New Conversations about Nature

CultureMeet five women who are shifting conversations about plants and people.

Wonderground Journal: Infrequently Asked Questions

CulturePre-Order your copy of Wonderground Journal now!

The Well Gardened Mind

CultureA review of the Well Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith.

The New World, Tomatoes and Mortgage Lifters

Botanica, CultureOn tomatoes, discovery and creativity in trying times.

Attention is the Beginning of Devotion

CultureA musing on what it means to pay attention to nature.

The Art of Refusal: Lucienne Rickard’s Extinction Studies

Art & Design, CultureAn extraordinary essay on extinction, art and erasure.

“The still point of the turning world”

CultureA musing by Georgina Reid on the call to garden at times of uncertainty, and always.

A Collection of Odes. To Resilience, Weeds and Wishing Trees

Culture“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

A collection of Odes: To Dirty Hands, Chairs and Un-Cool Plants

CultureGorgeous garden odes from the Planthunter Ode Project

Untethered

CultureA note from The Planthunter editor Georgina Reid.

Victor Steffensen’s Fire Country

CultureIndigenous Fire Practitioner Victor Steffensen explains how Indigenous fire management could help save Australia

Introducing the Planthunter Ode Project

CultureImagine an untamed and entangled garden of words that whisper, shout, murmur and yell of the beauty and importance and value of the natural world! Ode with us.

The Earth is in Her Hands

CultureA conversation with the author of new book featuring 75 leading women of plants.

Once Upon a Tree War

CultureBede Brennon dives into a complex and venomous debate over weeds and street trees in a quiet country town.

The Man Who Writes Lists: A Fire Story

CultureBird watcher and botanist Max James's property 'vaporised' in the 2020 Australian bushfires. This is Max's story, told by his daughter Clare.

Breathing Fire

CultureAn essay by Georgina Reid exploring questions of relationship and imagination in the wake of the Australian bushfires.

Poem: This Here, This Now

CultureA poem by Georgina Reid.

Into the Darkness: Light Pollution and the Dark Sky Movement

CultureWhat do we lose when the lights stay on? Emma Simms on light pollution, the Dark Sky Movement and more.

What Tree Will You Be When You Die?

CultureCreating new life from death with memorial forests.

On the Other Side of Loss Lies Love

CultureA personal exploration of the relationship between ecological grief and transformation by Georgina Reid

Healing Women, Healing the Earth: An interview with Jane Hardwicke Collings

CultureFreya Latona chats with women's mysteries teacher and founder of the school of sharmanic womencraft, Jane Hardwicke-Collings.

Welcome to Our New Website!

CultureFind out more about our new website design and re-branding

A Guide to Creating a Garden of Erotic Delights

Culture, GardensDesign a garden with sexy times in mind!

Jeanne Baret’s Bougainvillea

Botanica, CultureThe unusual story of a ubiquitous plant.

Beauty and Courage: Thoughts on Life, Gardens and the Human Spirit

Culture, GardensThere is a garden near artist Katherine Throne's home that borders on bedlam...

Awakening the Activist: Right Here, Right Now

CultureWriter Freya Latona on what it means to be an environmental activist, right here, right now.

Written in the Trees: The Roots of Arborglyphs

CultureAn exploration of the history of human mark-making on trees.

A Life Without Bugs is no Life at all

CultureA chat with an etomologist about all things insects - their decline, importance, and how to help.

Bonsai and the Cult of Cute

Botanica, CultureAn exploration of our obsession with the tiny world of bonsai!

Say My Name: On Speaking the Indigenous Names of Plants

CultureGeorgina Reid on what it might mean to speak the indigenous names of plants.

A Trillion Trees Can Save the World

Botanica, CultureThe simple solution you can put into action to kick climate change to the curb!

On Politics, Love and Climate Change

CultureAn essay on finding common ground.

From Control to Connection: A New Ethos of Care

CultureAn essay by Georgina Reid exploring an alternate way to care.

The Past, the Present and the Garden

CultureFreya Latona explores the role of nostalgia in garden making.

Out of the Ashes: Fire as a Tool of Cultivation and Care

CultureLeading Australian voices Kate Cullity, Charles Massy, Lesley Patterson & Michelle McKemey on fire ecology in Australia.

Whose Tree is it Anyway?

CultureOn trees and humans co-existing in urban areas. And an elegy.

Gardener with a Capital G: How Words Shape Values

CultureAn essay by Jennifer Jewell on valuing, and encouraging, gardeners.

Where’s a Gardener When you Need One?

CultureOn choosing a career in gardening and horticulture.

The Last Glimpse of Garden: Landscapes and Death

CultureOn seeing plants as partners on the wheel of life and death.

On Being a Settler Gardener

CultureAn honest and personal interrogation of what it means to be a settler gardener in Australia by Annie Farrell.

Seeing the Jungle for the Trees

CultureIs it time we changed the way we depict jungles, from places of fear to reverence?

Horticultural Therapy: Finding Ground in Nature

Botanica, CultureKathryn Tam takes us on a mindfulness walk in the New York Botanical Gardens.

Mind your Words. Because they Matter

CultureA musing on language, landscape, nature and words.

Gumnut, Baby

CultureAn ode to the great Australian gumnut.

Madness and Wonder: An Excerpt from The Gardener’s Year

Botanica, CultureAn excerpt from Karel Čapek's glorious book, The Gardener's Year

Nature as Muse: Landscapes that Inspired Literature

CultureLandscape and literature - a match made in heaven!

Weeds Might Save the World

CultureWeeds are valuable resources in the age of the Anthropocene.

The Night Gardeners: A Short Story

CultureA magical tale about cultivating beauty in an abandoned garden.

The Way of the Gardener

CultureWe're killing our world. This is why love, and gardening, matters.

The World’s Ugliest Plants

Botanica, CultureIs a gerbera uglier than a penis shaped plant that stinks of rotting meat?

The Planthunter Book: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Dirty Laundry

CultureWe made a book! Read the ugly/beautiful truth about it here.

Losing the Plot: the role of plants in preserving healthy minds

CultureWhat role can plants play in stimulating brain function? Caitlin McAtomney finds out...

The Lore of the Land: Weather Forecasting with Nature

CultureExploring the ancient craft of predicting weather events by reading the landscape and the skies.

The Octopus’s Gardener: Growing Coral Reefs in the Gili Islands

CultureJust off the coast of Indonesia, a passionate team of coral gardeners are growing new ways to fight the war on ocean pollution.