4. Family / Tree

This issue of Wonderground is overflowing with inspiring, exciting and cup-filling ideas, stories and conversations. Just like a healthy forest ecosystem, there’s a diversity of light and dark, hope and wonder. In fact, consider the fourth issue of Wonderground a forest itself – a window into worlds personal and mythical, ideas alive and ageless; a place mysterious and mad, meaningful and beautiful.

Tree Talk

CultureJeff Perry converses with trees.

Alive with Rock and Tree

Essays, GardensGeorgina Reid on gardening and love in the Anthropocene.

Tree Songs: Paul Kelly and Siân Darling in conversation

Conversations, CultureWonderground guest poetry editors Paul Kelly and Siân Darling chat with Georgina Reid.

Up the Back

Culture, MemoirAward-winning author Inga Simpson dusts off her wildest self among trampled trees, thistles and birdsong.

The Heart of the Forest: A conversation with David Lindenmayer

Conversations, EcologyWorld-renowned forest ecologist David Lindenmayer chats with Georgina Reid.

Pining for Placefulness

Culture, MemoirRicha Kaul Padte contends with the power of nostalgia.

Tree Rites 

EcologyA new project grows ritual, connection and trees on Sydney’s streets.


Culture, EcologyTanya Massy walks upstream with Richard Swain, amid questions of custodianship and Country.

Northern Rivers

PoetryA poem by Paul Kelly.


PoetryA poem by Thomas Hardy.

Patterns Of Time

Culture, EcologyElla Mudie explores the stories told by tree rings.

Good Country

Agriculture, Ecology, MemoirGeorgina Reid remembers a childhood planting trees.

Acts Of Co-Creation

Art & DesignArtist Sammy Hawker gives voice and visual expression to the more-than-human worlds that vibrate around, and with, us.

Gardening The Silence

Culture, Essays, MemoirJane Gleeson-White faces dark histories of war and trauma with help from an olive tree.

Root and Branch

Art & DesignNeha Kale profiles three artists who re-imagine ideas of kinship and ask us to look closely at ties that bind.


Botanica, CultureZena Cumpston explores the power of plants to open up connections to Country, culture and ancestral knowledge.

Laws of Nature

CultureJess Bineth talks power and possibility with a lawyer on a mission to gain legal protection for Australia’s natural wonders.

Tiny Tree Tales

BotanicaSix short stories about trees.

Song of Myself, Section 52

PoetryA poem by Walt Whitman, introduced by Siân Darling.


Botanica, EcologyStéph Donse questions of trees and family, movement and meaning.

Know your (Black) Garden History

GardensAbra Lee finds freedom, sorority and affirmation in Black horticultural stories.


PoetryA poem by Ali Cobby Eckerman. Introduced by Paul Kelly.