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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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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.

My Family Tree Grows Through the Roof of Nana’s Garage

CultureA tale of family, nostalgia and Nana Eileen's huge old oak tree.

My Dad Bill, the Tree Planting Obsessive

CultureA story of a man, his spirit level and a tree museum.

Gamma Gardens: Atomic Plant Breeding

CultureLiberty Lawson explores the fascinating phenomena of post Cold War atomic gardening.

Tulipomania: A Tale of Obsession, Greed and Flowers

Botanica, CultureThat time when tulips were more expensive than houses.

River Diaries: A Book in a Boatshed and Pondering Place

CultureA musing on the power of place, and news of a Planthunter book.

Wild Motherhood (Orchid Hunting in Cyprus)

CultureA tale of orchid hunting in Cyprus with a baby botanist.

Ecosexuality: Earth as Lover, not Mother

CultureBe an ecosexual. Love the earth.

The Lusty Origin Story of Perfume

CultureStick your nose into ancient stories of scent.

Abandon Floral Foam. NOW!

Culture#nofloralfoam. Get on board.

Life, Death and Mandalas: Lessons from Flowers

CultureAn incredible story of love, loss and healing through flowers. Read it!

Landscape is Destiny: A Chat about Home with Author Holly Ringland

CultureWe chat to the author of 'The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart' about home and landscape.

The Call to Home

CultureA story about finding home, by Lucy Munro.

Talking Shop: Lisa Lockhart from Garden Objects

Art & Design, Culture, GoodsA chat with the co-creator of one of our favourite online garden ware stores, Garden Objects.

A Home Among the Gum Trees: the Pull of the Treechange

CultureFreya Latona muses on our innate desire to find home amongst nature.

Redefining our Animal Nature

CultureFreya Latona suggests it's time to redefine our animal nature as a means of re-connecting with the natural world.

The Human Animal and the Garden. Why?

CultureWhat drives us to create gardens?

The Victorian Language of Flowers

CultureLearn the mysterious language of flowers with us!

Murder in the Garden!

CultureDid you know there's an entire literary sub-genre devoted to crime in the garden?!

Musing on Nature’s Mysteries as a Pathway to Mindfulness

CultureA celebration of the relationship between mysterious nature and the cultivation of the human spirit.

The Plot Thickens – the Allure of Gardens to Children’s Authors

CultureA writer's musing on the relationship between the magic and mystery of the garden and children's fiction.

On Identity and Gardening

CultureNatasha Grogan found her true identity in the garden.

Botanical Names are Hot! A Love Letter/Explainer

Botanica, CultureWant to be on trend in 2018? Start learning the language of plants NOW!

Wild: the Healing Relationship Between Nature and Grief

CultureWriter Freya Latona explores the healing power of nature in the face of human suffering and grief.

In Linnaeus’ Garden: What We are Made of Will Make Something Else

Art & Design, CultureArtist Penelope Aitken went to Sweden to imbibe Carl Linnaeus.

Nature as Metaphor

CultureAn exploration of nature's gentle spiritual teachings on the human capacity for renewal by Freya Latona.

The Art of Frugal Hedonism

CultureBecome a frugal hedonist and be free!

Thrift is my Middle Name

CultureGeorgina Reid's life of thrift.

The Nature of Revolution

CultureClimate change, humans and a big fat green revolution. It's time.

New Shoots: Plants, Poetry and Place

CultureA garden of poems is sprouting in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens this spring

A Fertile Yarra: Celebrating a Revolutionary Gardener

CultureIn Melbourne’s inner north in early 2017, a whole community was mourning an exceptional gardener and activist.

Talking Shop: The Plant Room

Art & Design, Culture, GoodsWe chat to the owner of the best little plant shop in Manly, Emma McPherson.

On Creativity, Isolation and Nature

CultureAn exploration of the relationship between solitude, nature and creativity by writer Freya Latona.

Wild Cherries and Moonshine in the Albanian Alps

CultureAlecia Wood samples the culinary and alcoholic delights on offer in the Albanian hills.

SEED: The Untold Story

CultureA new documentary following the defenders of global seed diversity. Watch it!

The Hunt for Purple November: Grafton’s Jacaranda Festival

CultureA nostalgic and personal celebration of Australia's longest running floral festival.

Naming the Rose

Botanica, Culture“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked. Quite a lot actually, according to Lucy Munro's mother.

Fear, Hope and Ending Ecocide

CultureAn international law of ecocide has the power to change the world.

Anxiety and the Garden

CultureA gardening tool kit to help prune anxiety.

Landscape Maintenance and the Fear of Death

Culture, GardensWe keep our gardens neat because we fear death, according to David Godshall.

Banking Soil: A Thought Experiment

Botanica, CultureWhat's the real value of the dark, 'dirty' world beneath our feet?

Botanical Harmony: The Interplay Between Plants and Music

CultureCan playing music to your plants make them happy?

We’re all Made of Dust (An ode to Humus)

Botanica, CultureIn the beginning there was The Word. And that word was Humus.

The Plants we Play

Botanica, CultureAn exploration of the role plants play in the creation of music.

Burning Time: Incense Clocks

CultureUsing scent to tell the time?! Yep.

Street Libraries: Books on the Footpath

CultureGrow community, grow literacy, grow hope. Grow a book garden on your street.

Brilliant Green: Plant Intelligence Explained

Botanica, CulturePlants are WAY more brilliant than we realise. Be surprised!

Surprise! A Five Minute Survey + Competition

CultureHelp us shape the future of The Planthunter.

PLANT: Exploring the Botanical World

CultureThis beautiful new botanical art book is full of surprises

Love Kills: A Short Story

CultureA short story about a heart leafed philodendron caught in the crossfire of a failed relationship.

Living Legacy: From Grief to Growth

CultureHonouring death with life. And trees.

Book Review: The House and Garden at Glenmore

CultureA review of The House and Garden at Glenmore by Mickey Robertson.

Nightshade Flights

Botanica, CultureEscaping with help from the plant kingdom can be dangerous business indeed.

Meditative Photography in the Garden

CulturePhotographer Christopher Phillips is leading Photography and meditation workshops in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Fabric Dyeing with Algae: A Watery New Frontier

CultureDyeing fabric with algae? Yep, it's happening.

Water: Liquid Gold

CultureWho cares about fancy cars, diamonds or big houses if there's no water?

Mary Oliver’s Wild and Precious Life

CultureMary Oliver is a woman of the wilderness and one of America's most celebrated poets.

Women and Henna: an Intricate Cultural Dance

CultureA fascinating story connecting the history of henna use with women, Pythagoras's dislike of fava beans, and much more.

Tulita the Plant Truck Interviews her Driver. What?!

CultureEach week Tulita the plant truck prowls the streets of NYC, driven by leafy lady Christan Summers.

Plants & Prayers: Ancient Healing Rituals

CultureAn exploration of the plants used to perform medicine against 'the evil eye'.

The Artist and the Botanical Collector

Art & Design, CulturePassion, plants and money ain't good bedfellows.

The Plant Society: A Network for Plant Lovers

CultureMelbourne rare plant collector and architect Jason Chongue is having a plant party and you're invited!

Petrol Station Plants: The Bold and Un-Beautiful

Botanica, CultureAn investigation into the horticultural merits of petrol station 'gardens'.

Amanita muscaria: A Cautionary Tale

Botanica, CultureA cautionary tale about reindeer urine, an Angelina Jolie-like fungi, and a bad trip.

Marfa, Texas. A Travel Guide

CultureOtis & Otto's Kirsty Davey takes us on a tour of Marfa, Texas!

Life Lessons from a Frankincense Tree

Botanica, CultureThe exquisite scent of the desert is borne of hardship

The Great American Desert

CultureWe tour some of America's great deserts with photographer, Claude Harvey.

Almería: How We Made the Desert

CultureA thought-provoking visit to El Arbardinal Botanic Gardens in the Spanish desert.

Plants on Pink: An Instagram Community

CultureThe humble hashtag can build a whole community!

Tree Wars: There’s a Battle On in the Suburbs

CultureA privet can start a war. Tomatoes can lead to murder.

Food, Culture and Community

CulturePatrick Honan takes a look at immigration, community gardens and changes in food culture.

When Families Become Trees

Botanica, CultureWhat if we thought about community in terms of trees?

John Cage: The Mushroom Man

CultureJohn Cage was a composer, author and avid mushroom hunter.

Mapplethorpe’s Flora

Art & Design, CultureWe take a look inside the epic book, Mapplethorpe Flora.

My Boyfriend, Basil

CultureLisa Marie Corso shares a personal tale of summer loving all gone wrong....

The Half-life of Plants

Botanica, CultureIn 'The Chernobyl Herbarium' an artist and author reflect on nuclear disaster, 30 years after the event.

Read & Grow: How Books Inspire Lifelong Plant Love

CultureHow children's books can influence a 'life with plants'.

Indigenous Agriculture: Australia’s hidden past

CultureBelinda Evans looks at Bruce Pascoe's latest book, 'Dark Emu', about pre-colonial farming practices in Australia.

A Feast of Creepers

Culture, PeopleSophie McComas has a thing for creepers. Naturally, we're intrigued!

Honeybees: Five Cosmic Facts

CultureFive cosmic facts about the honeybee - from the sun dance to spiral galaxy-shaped honeycomb!

The Great Cosmic Lotus Dream

CultureThe Universe is one "great cosmic lotus dream" and we're living right inside it.

Book Review: The Baron in the Trees

CultureThis month's book review is 'The Baron in the Trees' by Italo Calvino.

Break it Good! Four Pattern Breaking Plants

CultureNeed to break a pattern or two? We've got the plants for you!

Renting and Gardening: Should You Commit?

CultureShould you make a garden in a rental property? Of course you should. Here's why.

NYC’s Park in the Sky

Art & Design, CultureHow NYC's derelict freight line became a wilderness in the sky.

Finding Nature in the City

CultureA meditation on finding space in an urban environment from The Fortynine Studio's Sarah Spackman.

Dear Coal, We Need to Talk

CultureA very considered letter to coal, marking the end of a relationship.