71. TWENTY-TWENTY

Millions of hectares of fire. Billions of trees, shrubs, insects, burnt. Hundreds of millions of animals, ash. Homes, lives, livelihoods, lost. We’ve fallen, confused and hurt, into a time of fear and grief, anger and loss, heartbreak and change. We have much work to do and it’s not easy to know where to begin, but begin we must. This month we’re exploring what it means to see clearly. We’re reflecting, imagining and exploring with both sadness and joy.

Issue 71.
TWENTY-TWENTY

A Smorgasbord of Beautiful Madness

GardensTake a wander around a collection of wondrous, wild and joyful gardens.

Calling all Citizen Scientists and Dead Tree Detectives

BotanicaDust off your Hamburg hat, dig out your camera and get your notebook ready. There’s a mystery unfolding across Australia, and your help is needed to unravel it.

Seven Billion Burnt Trees

BotanicaA conversation about plants and bushfire with Brett Summerell, Chief Botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Breathing Fire

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

Stefan Burger is a Cacti Chaser

BotanicaStefan is the real, spiky, deal. We chat with him about his cacti hunting adventures in Chile, weird plant adaptations and more.

Poem: This Here, This Now

CultureA poem by Georgina Reid.

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Microbial Love: An Earthy Chat With the Land Gardeners

Botanica, HarvestA guide to deep soil appreciation with two of the most fanatical composters we've ever met.

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

Garden Visit: Ben Shaw’s Permaculture Oasis

GardensVisit a lush and delicious permaculture garden with us!

Ghostly Gardens and Earthly Memories

GardensA tale of ghost gardens and stories from the soil.

Dancing with Diversity: Climate-Proofing Nardoo Hills Reserve

BotanicaAn innovative and ambitious approach to restoration ecology at Nardoo Hills Bush Heritage reserve

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.

Plants are not Objects: A Spiky Photo Essay

GardensA visit to the Huntington Desert Garden and a lesson in non-objectification of plants.

Super Bloom: New Floral Frontiers in Public Planting Design

GardensWhat does it take to make engaging, dynamic and loved public spaces?